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Oakland Falls to IUPUI After Giving Up Two Late Runs

By Seth J. Walker

Rochester, Michigan– The Oakland Golden Grizzlies suffered a close loss Friday afternoon to IUPUI, 2-0, after giving up two sixth inning runs.  Senior pitcher Hayely Zemmer had another strong outing, allowing five hits and two runs in 5.1 innings.  The two runs, however, came at the start of the sixth inning, which led to freshman, Chelsea Wiggins replacing her on the mound.

“I think we just kind of got a little relaxed there,” Zemmer said.  “It was just something that happened and shouldn’t happen, so, hopefully, we’ll do better tomorrow.”

In a defensive orientate contest, the Golden Grizzlies limited the Jaguars to only five hits, but only managed four of their own.  The Golden Grizzlies faired better on their road trip against Northern Kentucky, Tuesday.  They had 12 hits and five runs in the first game, and three runs despite having only five hits in the second game, to win both games.

“It does seem to happen in cycles,” Oakland head coach Lauren Cognigni said about the offense clicking.  “Some of the people that are producing are continuously doing that, getting themselves on base; and then, no one’s really behind them to bring them in.  That’s been a really big problem for us as of late.”

Four Golden Grizzlies each had a hit, two juniors, Kelsie Swanson and Brittany Miller, and two freshman, Madison Jones and Jessie Munson.  Jones is a player that Zemmer said has really impressed her, and for good reason.  Despite only being a freshman, Jones leads the Golden Grizzlies in batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, and slugging percentage.

“She’s a really solid player,” Zemmer said.  “She’s really enthusiastic about the game and she wants to just win every game and do everything she can to help.”

Senior pitcher, Hayley Zemmer (left) leads Oakland in ERA, while freshman third baseman, Madison Jones (18) leads the team in most offensive categories.

The Golden Grizzlies wrap up their series against the Jaguars with a Saturday afternoon double header starting at 1pm.


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