Oset shines out of pen, Iza homers for UNO in 8-4 setback to Michigan State

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NEW ORLEANS – Mathew Oset did not allow a baserunner until his fourth inning of work and struck out five hitters in 4.0 shutout frames and leadoff hitter Salo Iza hit the first home run of the 2019 season in the University of New Orleans’ (0-1) 8-4 loss to Michigan State University Friday evening at Maestri Field.

The game was delayed an hour with first pitch at 7:30 p.m.

Oset faced 14 Spartans in his longest outing as a Privateer. Iza scored two runs after recording a walk and blasting the solo shot in the fifth. Collin Morrill went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Steven Swift became the first true freshman to earn the starting nod on opening day for the Privateers.

Swift (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing the five runs – three earned. The right-hander struck out five in 3.0 innings. Mason Erla (1-0) picked up the win with seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings.

The Privateers (0-1) scored two runs off the MSU starter. Caleb Sleeman was credited with the save after entering with the tying run on deck in the eighth. Sleeman allowed a hit and walked two in 1.2 innings.

The Spartans (1-0) led off the game with a double in the left-center field gap and Danny Gleaves came around to score on a balk. Second baseman Iza made a diving stop for the first out of the game and Swift picked up his first collegiate punchout, striking out cleanup hitter Marty Bechina to end the top half of the first.

Iza led off the bottom frame with a four-pitch walk and Wade Raburn followed with a base on ball to put runners on first and second. Pearce Howard found a hole through the right side to plate Iza and knot the game at 1-1.

Royce Ando led off the second with a solo shot to regain the one-run lead for Michigan State. Swift settled down and struck out the side.

MSU added three runs on two errors in the third to extend its lead to 5-1.

Bailey Holstein entered the game in the fourth, making his Privateers debut after redshirting due to injury. Holstein struck out a batter and was relieved by Oset, who ate up some innings with a dominant outing.

In the bottom of the fifth, Iza lasered a shot that cleared the left field for his first collegiate home run. Moments later, Beau Bratton drew a walk to extend his reached base safely streak to 33 games dating back to last season.

Oset continued to silence the Spartan bats and Howard and Raburn showed off their range with great plays in the outfield in the sixth. Oset went 4.0+ innings and did not allow a baserunner until the eighth inning. The right-hander struck out five Spartans and allowed just one hit and a walk.

Brandon Mitchell made his New Orleans debut and stranded runners in scoring position to end the top of the eighth unscathed.

In the bottom frame, Luther Woullard walked and Tresten Kennard doubled past a lunging Gleaves to put runners in scoring position. Morrill drove in Woullard on a groundout and a four-pitch walk by Brayden Morrow gave UNO runners at the corners for Darren Willis, forcing a pitching change for MSU. Willis bounced an infield single through to bring in the second run of the inning with runners at the corners with the tying run at the plate. The Spartans were able to limit the damage and head to the ninth ahead 7-4.

Jack Wolgast began the ninth and Zach Thompson came in and induced a 6-4-3 double play on his first pitch of 2019. Thompson tossed a scoreless ninth.

Michigan State and New Orleans resume the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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