Baseball

Baseball Outlasts Le Moyne to Win 6-4 in 17 Innings

Bill Turosky

Syracuse, N.Y. -- It took almost twice as long as planned, but the Youngstown State baseball team finally beat Le Moyne 6-4 in 17 innings on Sunday afternoon at Dick Rockwell Field.

After YSU squandered a 4-1 lead in the ninth, reliever Bill Turosky came on and allowed just four base-runners in seven shutout innings. Jeremy Banks' RBI triple with nobody out in the 17th broke an 11-inning scoring drought for the Penguins.

Sixteen different Penguins saw action, and Le Moyne had 14 players make an appearance. Eight pitchers were used, and they threw a total of 468 pitches.

YSU starter Robert Switka allowed just one run on six hits and did not walk a batter in seven innings. Nic Manuppelli threw a scoreless eighth, but Le Moyne tied the game with three runs off Padraic Williams in the ninth.

"I can't say enough about this team and the way it stays positive with each other," YSU head coach Rich Pasquale said. "We just kept pressing forward."

"Switka had a great outing and worked ahead all afternoon. Turosky was awesome in relief and even had to hit four times. He threw strikes and pitched to contact for outs."

YSU split Saturday's doubleheader with Le Moyne and claimed a weekend series for the first time this season.

The Penguins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and held a 4-1 advantage after adding a run in the fifth. That stood until Le Moyne tied the score in the bottom of the ninth.

In the first, singles by Phil Lipari and Iacobucci and a walk to Banks loaded the bases with one out. Greg Dissinger hit the first pitch of his at bat into left center for a two-run single, and Banks scored later on Dan Hurlimann's ground out.

Kody O'Connor tripled and scored on a ground out in the second to put Le Moyne on the board. YSU reclaimed its three-run advantage in the fifth with Padraic Williams reached on a two-out single and scored on Iacobucci's double.

Switka retired the final seven batters he faced, and Manuppelli allowed just a one-out single in the eighth.

After Williams struck out the first batter in the ninth, O'Connor got the offense going with a solo homer to right. A walk, single and two wild pitches allowed the second run to score, and Zach Wiley scored the tying run on Vincent Redmond's squeeze bunt with one out.

The Penguins stranded runners in scoring position in the 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th innings before finally breaking through in the 17th. Iacobucci reached to start the inning on a throwing error, and he scored on Banks' triple to right with the hit-and-run on. Mitko then brought in Banks with a single to left on an 0-2 pitch.

Erik Okleson allowed a harmless single in the bottom of the 17th to earn his first collegiate save.

Iacobucci finished 4-for-8, and Banks was 3-for-7 for Youngstown State, which outhit Le Moyne 16-13. O'Connor was 3-for-7 for the Dolphins.

Le Moyne's Jerome Werniuk allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings and was in line for the loss until the ninth-inning rally. Ed Kohout threw eight shutout innings in relief, and Mike Anarumo allowed the two runs in the 17th after entering in the 15th.

YSU will play at Akron on Tuesday at 3 p.m.