March 10, 2006
DAYTON, OH - Bobby Getty drove in three runs and Joe McSoley delivered a two-run single in the eighth to tie the game, 5-5, Friday against the Oakland Grizzlies. The game was suspended after nine innings due to darkness and will resume Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the top of the 10th inning.
Oakland (0-7) was on the verge of winning its first game of the year, before Dayton (5-5) rallied for two runs in the eighth inning.
Justin Wilson led off the game by hitting a 2-1 pitch out to right field for a solo homerun. After a UD miscue, the Grizzlies added a sacrifice fly by Kevin Carkeek, and put together three singles to tack on three more runs in the first. Only the first run was an earned run charged to UD starter Quinn Haselhorst.
In the bottom of the first, Bobby Getty hit an opposite field home run that sliced over the right field fence for his second of the year. The two-run blast cut the Oakland lead to 4-2.
Getty drove in the Flyers' third run, with a sacrifice fly to plate Massa in the bottom of the third.
Sean Finn relieved Haselhorst for the second inning and tossed four scoreless innings before giving up a solo shot to Drew Jenison. Jenison's first home run of the year put OU on top, 5-3 in the sixth. Finn allowed two hits in 4.2 innings, striking out four. Oakland entered the game with one home run all season (by Carkeek), but knocked two over the wall on the day.
The Grizzlies put together two hits in the seventh off Cale Ort, but Roberto Ramos made a diving grab in center field to end the inning.
Aaron Hines allowed three earned on three hits through six innings, but got into trouble in the seventh. Josh Burt worked a two-out walk and pinch runner Frank Tedesco stole second base. Ramos followed with a walk to get the tying run on base, and Massa beat out an infield hit to load the bases. But Hines got Galen Schumm looking with a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner to get out of the inning. <P>Hines finished the day with four hits, four walks, and three strikeouts in seven innings pitched.
Getty led off the eighth with a walk from relief pitcher Kevin Hale, and after Will Benoit walked, Bryan Chandler laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third with one out. McSoley delivered the game-tying single through the right side. McSoley stole second on the next pitch, and after a walk to Tedesco, Brad Noel struck out Ramos.
Massa led off the bottom of the ninth with a double off the wall in left center, Schumm walked and with one out, Massa and Schumm executed a double steal. Benoit was intentionally walked to load the bases. Noel struck out Chandler and McSoley to end the ninth.
Head coaches Tony Vittorio and OU's Dylan Putnam agreed before the start of the ninth to not play extra innings Friday.
After the conclusion of the suspended game, Oakland and Dayton will play a doubleheader at Time Warner Cable Stadium.