Ohio Scores Final Five Runs to Beat YSU, 8-3

Padraic Williams
Padraic Williams

Niles, Ohio -- Ohio scored five of its eight runs in the final three innings and made the Youngstown State baseball team pay for stranding 10 runners in an 8-3 win over the Penguins on Tuesday at Eastwood Field.

The Penguins, although tying the game at 3-3 in the sixth inning, left eight runners on base in the fourth through sixth innings. They also had a runner thrown out at the plate in the sixth. Ohio was able to come through with clutch hits as each of its final five runs came with two outs.

Drew Dosch, Jason Shirley and David Leon all had two hits apiece for the Penguins. Cody Gaertner had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs for the Bobcats.

Ohio scored an unearned run in the first off starter Russ Harless to go up 1-0. Ethan Newton reached on an error to lead off the game, and he scored one batter later on Tyler Wells' double to left. Harless retired the next three batters and allowed just a walk in the second before reaching his pitch count for the day.

The Bobcats then took a 3-0 lead in the fourth when Gaertner hit a two-run home run to right off of Nick DiBartolomeo.

YSU scored one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but the Guins also stranded eight runners in that three-inning span.

Dosch singled to start the fourth and scored on Dan Hurlimann's RBI single to make the score 3-1. Padraic Williams then scored on a sacrifice fly from Marcus Heath in the fifth to cut the margin to just one. After leading the bases loaded the previous two innings, the Penguins managed just one run in the sixth despite having the bases juiced with nobody out. Jeremy Banks singled to bring in Phil Lipari with the tying run, but David Leon was thrown out at the plate by Newton in center field. Dosch was retired trying to bunt for a base hit, and Shirley struck out to end the inning.

Ohio reclaimed the lead with a sacrifice fly in the seventh that made the score 4-3. Brad Smith walked Wells and intentionally put Jensen Painter on before handing the ball to Erik Okleson. Jake Madsen greeted him with a single to load the bases, and Dan Schmidt brought in Wells with a sacrifice fly to give the Bobcats a lead they would not relinquish. The Bobcats then scored three two-out runs on four hits in the eighth to up their lead to 7-3. They added another two-out run in the ninth for the final tally.

Sean Kennedy earned the win for Ohio, allowing one run on four hits in 2 1-3 innings of relief. Smith was charged with the loss for YSU. Four of Ohio's runs and seven of their 11 hits came in two innings off Pat Shedlock in the final two innings.

Youngstown State will head to Milwaukee for a three-game Horizon League series against the Panthers. Game one of the series will be Friday at 4 p.m. Eastern, followed by a game Saturday at 2 p.m. and another on Sunday at 1 p.m.