For the second straight day the Youngstown State baseball team had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning but came up short, losing 5-2 to Charlotte in game two of Sunday's doubleheader. The Penguins lost game one 10-4.
After Charlotte scored two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie, Dan Popio and Kevin Hix walked to put two runners on for YSU with one out on the ninth. Wes Hatley, though, got Mike Accardi to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
Game two starter Ryan Krokos held the 49ers to one earned run on two hits in six innings and left with the score tied at 2-2. He allowed an RBI single to Grant Dunnegan in the second , and the 49ers scored their second run on two errors in the third. Their run in the third tied the score after Marcus Heath drove in Dosch and Josh White with a single in the top half that had given the Penguins a 2-1 lead.
Alex Frey struck out the first two Charlotte batters in the seventh, but he allowed a double, a single and a walk to load the bases. Josh North came in and allowed an infield single that made the score 3-2, and the 49ers got another run on a wild pitch. Charlotte added another unearned run in the eighth off Nic Manuppelli.
In game one, Charlotte scored six of its 10 runs on two swings en route to the 10-4 victory. YSU led 2-0 after the first as Accardi scored on a double steal and Dosch came in on a throwing error. Penguins starter Robert Switka did not allow a hit in the first two innings, but the 49ers took a 5-2 lead in the third on a squeeze bunt and a grand slam. Charlotte then got a two-run homer in a four-run fifth, and it went up 10-2 with a run in the sixth.
The Penguins scored two runs on a Dosch double and a bases-loaded walk in the ninth before stranding the bases loaded.
Switka was charged with five runs on just two hits in 2.1 innings in a losing effort. The other five 49ers runs were charged to Russ Harless, who pitched 3.2 innings of relief. Brad Smith did not allow a run in two runs.
Ryan Mas came out of the bullpen to throw 5.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win for Charlotte in the opener.
Youngstown State will begin a brief two-game series at Morehead State on Tuesday at 3 p.m.