OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The MSOE baseball team led in both games of a tough doubleheader sweep at the hands of No. 25 UW-Oshkosh Friday afternoon at Tiedemann Field.
The Raiders (8-9) scored early in game one and led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning before falling 12-2 in eight innings. They then scored five runs in the eighth inning of game two for a 7-5 lead, only to see the Titans (13-2) counter with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning for a 10-7 final.
Rookies shone brightly in the nightcap, as freshman Noah Davison threw 5.0 innings in game two, allowing just one earned run with a pair of strikeouts. He scattered four hits, walked one, leaving the game with the score tied at 2-2.
MSOE scored first in the second game, as well, as senior Ryan Newman led off with a single and came around to score two batters later on a double to centerfield by senior Garrett Willems. The team would put runners at second and third in the frame but had to settle for the one run.
UWO countered with a pair of runs, capitalizing on a one-out error with some timely hitting to take a 2-1 lead in the game. The hosts would get very little else done against Davison while Stricker leveled the game at 2-2 with a lead-off home run in the fifth inning.
The Titans seemingly "took the lid off the basket", so to speak, with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning before the wild eighth frame.
In the Raiders' half of the eighth inning, they were able to plate five runs without a single base hit in the frame. Three hitters were hit by pitches, including Newman with the bases loaded, whole another two hitters walked. A wild pitch, passed ball, and two errors kept the inning going until the Red & White held a 7-5 advantage.
Oshkosh then atoned for its miscues with six hits in the bottom half of the inning, finding gaps in the defense for five singles and just one double. When the dust settled, the home team led 10-7 and buckled down in the ninth inning with three strikeouts to end the game.
MSOE broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning of game two, with a pair of doubles leading to a 2-0 lead. Newman led off with a double and Stricker followed with a walk. Both scored two batters later when freshman Julian Sonn doubled to centerfield.
Freshman Mason LeBreck (1-1) cruised through the first 4.2 innings on the mound, not allowing a hit and facing just one over the minimum with a pair of double plays backing him up. Unfortunately, the Titans' bats got going with a two-out rally that yielded three runs before the third out was recorded.
LeBreck finished with 5.0 innings of work on the mound, allowing four hits, a walk, and three runs.
Leading 3-2, Oshkosh added another three runs in the sixth inning and sent the game to a premature end with a six-run eighth inning to invoke a run rule.
The Raiders return to action Monday with a doubleheader against Dominican at The Rock Complex in their NACC opener.