Baseball Falls 5-4 to Tennessee Tech in 11 Innings
Cookeville, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th to rally and beat the Youngstown State baseball team on Sunday at Bush Stadium.
YSU led 2-0 after the first and held a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. The first two Golden Eagles reached on a single and a walk, and Chad Oberacker brought in the pair with a one-out single. The winning run in the 11th scored on a dribbler down the first baseline.
Joe Iacobucci went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs, and Phil Lipari had two hits off the bench. Oberacker had three hits while also starting on the mound for Tennessee Tech. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 12 in eight innings.
Iacobucci's two-run single with two outs in the first inning gave the Penguins an early cushion, but Tennessee Tech got a run back in the bottom half. YSU went up 3-1 with a run in the third.
YSU starter Phil Klein limited TTU scoreless until he exited in the fifth, and Erik Okleson kept the Golden Eagles off the scoreboard in the sixth and seventh. Okleson allowed the leadoff batter to reach in the eighth, and he ended up scoring two batters later on a Zach Stephens single. Drew Dosch came on to get out of the inning without allowing any more damage by inducing two flyouts and a fielder's choice.
Lipari singled home Iacobucci to give YSU an insurance run in the ninth, but Oberacker's one-out single in the bottom half sent the game to extra innings.
Neither team threatened in the 10th, and YSU stranded runners on first and second in the 11th.
Chad Hayes hit a leadoff triple to put YSU in trouble in the 11th, and, after a groundout, the Penguins intentionally walked the next two batters to put a force on at every base. Stephens drove in the winning run on a dribbler down the first baseline, and reliever Blake Aquadro couldn't make the play at home.
"We played well enough to win today, but we missed a couple great opportunities to add to the lead early," YSU head coach Rich Pasquale said. "Klein pitched very well and with a lot of confidence, and Okleson gave us what we needed. Our hitters continued to take good approaches at the plate. We figured a few things out this weekend, and that will allow us to go forward in a positive manner."
Klein allowed one run on five hits while striking out five in his best start of the season. Aquadro was charged with the loss, allowing a run on one hit in 1.2 innings.
Garrett Baugh earned the win for Tennessee Tech in one inning of relief.
Youngstown State will remain on the road to play at Xavier on Wednesday at 3 p.m.