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Oakland Splits In Final Softball Meetings Against Eastern Michigan

By Seth J. Walker

Ypsilanti, Michigan- Wednesday afternoon marked the final two meetings between the Oakland and Eastern Michigan softball teams.  The Oakland Golden Grizzlies won the first game 3-0, while the Eastern Michigan Eagles won game two, 7-6.

In the first game, junior Hayley Bartholomew and freshman Chelsea Wiggins combined for a three-hit shutout.  Bartholomew got the win with four strikeouts and two hits allowed in five innings, while Wiggins got the save.  The Goldend Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning when junior first baseman Brittany Miller and freshman right fielder Cammie Brummitt hit back-to-back solo home runs, their second and fifth homers of the season, respectively.

“I thought in the first game, HB was great and Chelsea came in and closed the door, which is really nice,” Oakland head coach Lauren Cognigni said.

Chelsea Wiggins (middle) got the save for Oakland in the first game against Eastern Michigan.

Game two had much more offense, with Eagles grabbing a commanding 6-1 lead after one inning.  Sophomore pitcher Kayle Marburger was then replaced on the mound for Oakland by freshman, Emily Karas, who allowed six hits in six innings.

The Golden Grizzlies able to mount a comeback, beginning with a three-run homer by Miller, her second of the day, before the they tied it with a run in the fifth and sixth innings each.

“In the beginning 0f the first game, I wasn’t seeing the ball as well, and then towards the end, I was seeing it a lot better, which helped,” Miller said.  “I focused on how they were pitching me and adjusted that way, which helped me be more successful.”

Senior pitcher Trisha Trujillo, despite allowing eight hits and four earned runs, became the hero in the seventh inning, as the designated player, batting in sophomore third baseman Sam Isaly for the winning run.

“Honestly, it was team effort,” Trujillo said.  “It was awesome to just start off that inning with Sam Isaly, and then after Ari (Chretien), getting that hit, I just kept the momentum going.  So I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Sam Isaly looks on while defender third base. The sophomore scored the game winning run in the second game against Oakland.

Considering these were the final two home games for a program getting cut, it only seems fitting that their final time on Varsity field would end in a walk-off win against an in-state rival, with a senior coming up huge.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity that I’ve had these four years,” Trujillo said.  “I’m thankful to be part of this last team with all these girls.  I would never wish this on anyone, but I’m happy that we get to finish out this year and those relationships we’ve made will continue for the years to come for sure.”

The Golden Grizzlies will begin their final home stand against Green Bay Friday at 4pm before heading to the Horizon League Tournament.  The Eagles have one more regular season series before the MAC Tournament, against Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, beginning Friday at 3pm.

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