Nico Padovan hit a game-tying single in the ninth, and the Youngstown State baseball team scored on an error in the 10th to rally for a 6-5 win at Milwaukee on Saturday at Henry Aaron Field.
The Penguins salvaged a game in the three-game series and entered into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Horizon League standings. YSU is now 5-10 in conference play and matched last year’s total for league victories.
Padovan’s RBI single in the ninth came after Kyle Benyo led off with a pinch-hit single and dvanced on Alex Larivee’s sacrifice bunt. Youngstown State left the bases loaded when back-to-back strikeouts ended the ninth, but it capitalized on a big Milwaukee error in the 10th to escape with the win.
In the 10th, Web Charles drew a one-out walk and moved up 90 feet on Lou Cardona’s single. After Larivee lined out for the second out, Charles scored when UWM first baseman John Boidanis misplayed a throw at first base on Padovan’s grounder.
YSU reliever Joe King worked around a two-base error to start Milwaukee’s ninth inning, and he stranded the bases loaded in the 10th to earn the victory.
Padovan and Anthony Rohan both had a pair of hits to lead Youngstown State offensively. Daulton Varsho hit a solo home run in the first inning and was one of four Panthers to register two hits.
Varsho’s homer was the only run of the game through four innings, but Youngstown State scored four times in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. Padovan plated Anthony Santoro with a one-out double to tie the score at 1-1, and Larivee scored two batters later on Shane Willoughby’s sacrifice fly. Andrew Kendrick then singled in Padovan to chase Milwaukee starter Adam Reuss, and Lorenzo Arcuri greeted reliever Brandon Parr with an RBI double that made the score 4-1. Kendrick was thrown out at the plate trying to score YSU’s fifth run of the inning.
The Panthers answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, and all four runs scored after there were two outs. Jeremy Wright’s RBI single made the score 4-2, and a balk call on Penguins starter Jeremy Quinlan brought in the second run of the inning. Boidanis then plated Varsho and Wright on a single up the middle to put the Panthers ahead 5-4.
The score remained 5-4 until Padovan’s RBI single in the top of the ninth.
King pitched four innings of shutout relief, surrendering just three hits and two walks. Joel Hake also pitched in relief and did not allow a run in 1-1/3 innings.
Youngstown State has a busy week coming up with six game in five days at Eastwood Field. The Penguins begin the stretch on Tuesday by hosting Kent State at 5 p.m.