Swenson's Complete Game Win Salvages Split for Penguins
Indianapolis -- Youngstown State sophomore Aaron Swenson held Butler to one run in a complete game victory to salvage a doubleheader split for the Penguins on Saturday afternoon.
Swenson scattered eight hits and did not walk a batter to earn his first victory of the year as the Penguins scored two runs in the eighth for a 2-1 win. Butler won game one 4-1.
The Bulldogs had three of their hits in the first inning when they scored their only run. After Swenson retired the first two hitters, Kyle McLaughlin and Grant Fillipitch hit back-to-back singles. Ryan Neat then doubled to right to score McLaughlin before Fillipitch was thrown out at the plate on a relay from C.J. Morris to David Leon.
The Penguins got two hits in the second but stranded both runners, and Butler starter Bryan Bokowy held them without another hit until the eighth. Pinch hitter Jason Reitenbach drew a one-out walk and went to third when Bokowy threw wild trying to pick him off. Leon then tied the score with a single up the middle, and Sean Lucas followed with a double to left that scored Leon with the game-winner.
In game one the Penguins were held to three hits by Butler starter Ryan Kruszka.
The Bulldogs got an unearned run in the first and added two more in the fourth on back-to-back RBI doubles from Joe Pauley and Colin Ziegel.
Josh Page got the Penguins within two in the sixth when he singled home Morris, but Butler answered in the bottom half when Jason Jamerson singled home Pauley.
YSU starter Chuck Schiffhauer allowed all four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings in a losing effort. Reliever Corey Vukovic allowed just one hit and struck out two in 2.2 innings.
Joe Ochs did not allow a run or hit in two scoreless innings of relief for Butler to earn his first save.
Weather permitting, the Penguins will host IUP in their opener Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Cene Park.