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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oakland baseball anchored by area talents

As the Oakland baseball team begins play at the Summit League Tournament Thursday, one thing to remember is the team is being carried by Oakland County talent. Head coach John Musachio doesn't always get the biggest names from the area, but he's made his recruits count, as the Grizzlies are making just their fourth visit to the conference tournament, and first since 2006.
The No. 4-seeded Grizzlies take on No. 1 South Dakota State, which earned a share of the regular-season title with the Oral Roberts, at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Kyle Teague (Oxford) and Matt LaMothe (Troy Athens) steady the pitching corps., and Auburn Hills Oakland Christian alum Tommy Jablonski is the team's leading hitter, batting .369.
“We definitely focus our efforts on Oakland County and the eastern part of Michigan," Musachio said. “There’s a lot of talent locally. If we can get out there and keep the boys home, getting them to play at Oakland, we’re going to be in pretty good shape.
“The hard work that has gone on recruiting and trying to be (active), is really paying dividends."
The Grizzlies also have Clarkston grad Eric Ogg patrolling the outfield, Rochester Adams' Mark Leichtman, tall Lake Orion righty Connor Mielock, Teague's high school teammate Russell Luxton and Southfield Christian alum Ryan Schario.
This year's team should be a considerable help in making the Grizzlies a perennial contender in the Summit League, much like No. 2 seed Oral Roberts.
“We’re really excited about making the conference tournament, and one thing I’ve said before, it’s a goal of ours (to make the NCAA tournament) as it was this year, and we’re just looking to build upon that each year by making the conference tournament. Hopefully, steady improvement will put us in a position to compete for a regular-season and tournament championships,” Musachio said.

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