Big Innings Hurt Oakland in Loss to No. 12 Vanderbilt, 11-4|
Feb. 22, 2012
NASHVILLE - Robby Enslen was 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the Oakland baseball team (0-1) led early, but eventually fell, 11-4, to No. 12 Vanderbilt (1-3) on Wednesday at Hawkins Field. Jake Morton doubled and scored for the Golden Grizzlies.
"There were a lot of positives tonight," said head coach John Musachio. "There were also a lot of areas that we need to improve. We're young in certain areas and it showed tonight. Vanderbilt is an outstanding team and I felt like we played well enough to win tonight if we'd done some things differently. It's a young group and we're going to get better with experience."
A balk by Vanderbilt starter Drew VerHagen (1-0) scored Tim Ryan in the first inning to give Oakland the 1-0 lead. Ryan led off the game with a single and reached third on a single by Mike Carson. With runners on the corners, the game was halted for the first of two rain delays. Following the delay only Ryan was able to score for OU.
Enslen added a 2-RBI double with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to score Spencer Marentette and Nolan Jacoby who had doubled earlier. The Golden Grizzlies also scored in the fifth inning after Morton hit a leadoff double and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Kyle Bobolts.
The score was tied 1-1 in the third inning when the Commodores put two runners on base before weather again halted the game for almost an hour. When play resumed Anthony Gomez hit a 2-RBI single that put VU ahead. Mike Yastrzemski followed with a 3-run home run off of Russell Luxton (0-1) who allowed just one earned run in the inning.
Oakland used 11 different pitchers, including four in the fifth inning, when Vanderbilt tacked on four more runs to break the game open. The Commodores outhit Oakland 10-8 behind Gomez who reached base five times and went 3-for-3, while Yastrzemski went 2-for-2.
The Golden Grizzlies will face another tough test in their next outing when they begin a three-game series at No. 24 Louisville, starting Friday at 3 p.m.