Oaks lose slugfest on the diamond

Photo by Travis David/Daily Clarion

Oakland City's Dillon Whitten takes a swing at the plate. Whitten smacked two runs and finished with four RBI's in the Mighty Oaks loss to visiting University of Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon.

OAKLAND CITY -- The Oakland City offense exploded for 11 runs Wednesday afternoon but it was not enough to climb over the .500 mark.

The Oaks dropped a 19-11 slugfest to visiting University of Indianapolis at Pinnick Field.

The Greyhounds broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the fourth inning and five more in the fourth inning for an 8-0 lead.

But the Oaks would not go down without a fight.

The Oakland City offense responded with an 8-spot in the home half of the fifth inning to knot the game.

Dillon Whitten produced the big hit of the frame as he smacked a 3-run home run to pull the Oaks to within 8-7. It was his fourth long ball of the spring and third in as many games.

Adrian Navarro pulled the Oaks even later on in the frame with an RBI groundout.

Unfortunately, Indianapolis was not finished scoring.

The Greyhounds responded with five more runs in the top of the sixth inning to regain the momentum.

Devon Hensley, the Greyhounds No. 8 hitter slugged a grandslam to cap the five-run inning in the sixth.

Indianapolis tacked on a single run in the seventh, three more in the eighth and two in the ninth to prevent the Oaks fro mounting a second comeback.

Whitten added a solo home run in the home half of the sixth inning for his fifth round tripper of the season. The Oaks right-handed slugger finished the game 3-for-4 and four RBI's in the loss.

Devan Frenz also had a 3-hit game for the Oaks.

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Colton White recorded two hits, including a double, in five trips to the plate.

Noah Baugher, Jacob Bedwell, and Navarro (double) rounded out the 13-hit attack for the Mighty Oaks.

Tristen Cummings tossed the first 4 innings on the hill for Oakland City and received a no decision.

Matthew Stevenson pitched two-thirds of an inning and suffered his first loss of the season.

Indianapolis pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of 10 free passes from six different Oakland City hurlers.

The Oaks (3-4) return to Pinnick Field this weekend for a four-game series against Robert Morris (Peoria).

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