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Oakland splits season series against Raiders, fall, 4-2

ROCHESTER, MI – The Golden Grizzlies fell 4-2 in a low-scoring game against the Wright State Raiders this afternoon at the Oakland Baseball Field.

The Golden Grizzlies (25-23, 13-11 HL) were led by both Luke Day And Carter Hain each of which scored a few hits, such as Brandon Decker struck out nine on the day.

The Raiders (27-19, 16-8 HL) saw four individual players record an RBI, as three batters had a pair of hits. Chet Lax led the pitching core with five strikeouts and gave up one run in six innings pitched.

The game was stalemated after the first three innings as each team scored a pair of hits Brandon Heidal came closest to scoring the first run in the second. He continued his hot streak at the plate, hitting a double to right center and finding third on a steal, but was left behind. It was the Raiders who got on the scoreboard first, as they scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning.

The defense on both sides held strong as only seven total hits were tallied between the two teams over six innings, while the Raiders had one more with four. However, Wright State doubled the runs in the seventh and increased the lead to four as Oakland had nine outs to work back.

Oakland looked to get some runs to answer as Luke Day And Carter Hain hit back-to-back singles without outs and both were tagged into scoring position. Day eventually found a home from home Trent Rice RBI got Oakland on the board, but still trailed 4-1 after seven. The Golden Grizzlies and Tanner Waren came out of a bases-loaded jam with one out to keep the team’s deficit to just a trio.

The Golden Grizzlies still had three outs to work with, down three, when Day reached base with no outs. Carter Hain beat the throw when he laid down a bunt, while Ben Clark took an 0-2 throw deep through the left side to score Day. However, the Raiders held on and got the final three outs as the Golden Grizzlies fell 4-2.

The Golden Grizzlies were outhit by the Raiders 9-7, as both teams left eight runners behind. The Raiders pitching core struck out a total of nine batters with three walks, while the Golden Grizzlies core also struck out nine with four walks.

The Golden Grizzlies return to the diamond on Tuesday (May 7) as they take on Toledo, live on ESPN+, with first pitch at 3:30 p.m.