Robby Sexton pitched six shutout innings and the offense exploded for 17 hits as the Wright State baseball team posted an 11-8 win at Oakland Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders picked up a run in the first on a Kieston Greene RBI single and another in the fourth on a Michael Timm groundout before making it 5-0 with three in the fifth. Greene doubled in Andrew McCafferty, who led off the inning with a hit, and came in to score on a Joe Ford single through the left side. Ford later scored after three straight hits by Jason DeFevers, Jack Murphy and Brad Macciocchi.
McCafferty scored on a wild pitch in the sixth and it stayed 6-0 until the bottom of the seventh as WSU starter Sexton limited Oakland to just three hits in pitching six shutout innings.
The Grizzlies cut the margin to 6-3 with three in the seventh, but the Raiders looked to be in control as they scored three in the eighth, including a two-run Ford hit, and two more in the ninth on a Greene two-run single, to hold an 11-5 lead with two outs and no one on base in the bottom of the ninth.
Oakland, though, would not go away quietly as the Grizzlies scored three runs on two hits, three walks and a hit by pitch and had the potential winning run at the plate. Andrew Elliott, though, earned his 11th save of the season by getting the final out on a fly ball to left.
The 11 saves for Elliott tie him for seventh on the all-time WSU single-season list with Mark Squire (1997).
Sexton (7-4) struck out six in 6.2 innings in picking up the win. Offensively, Greene was five for six with five RBI while Ford, McCafferty, Macciocchi and Jeff Limbaugh each had two hits.
Wright State (24-16, 17-2 Horizon) goes for the series sweep with the final game Sunday at 1:00.