Guins Put Up Fight But Fall Short Against Kent State

David Leon
David Leon

Niles -- The Youngstown State baseball team had the potential tying run at the plate in the eighth inning, but four two-out runs by Kent State proved to be the difference in a 5-2 Penguins loss to the Golden Flashes at Eastwood Field on Wednesday.

After falling behind 5-0, the Penguins (8-22) kept battling and with two outs in the eighth had Dan Hurlimann at third and Jonathan Crist at first before Armani Johnson hit a fly ball to deep left on a two-one pitch to end the inning.

YSU held the Golden Flashes (22-10) scoreless for the final six innings. Starter Blake Aquadro pitched five innings allowing five runs, however just two were earned. In the final four innings, the trio of Robert Switka, Cody Dearth and Kevin McCullouh scatterd five hits and struck out three while holding KSU off the scoreboard. Ryan Mace earned the victory for the Golden Flashes, who have now won 11 straight games.

Offensively, David Leon had two of the Penguins' six hits in the contest.

Kent State opened the contest by scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, with the final two coming on a two-out triple by Jason Bagoly. Koch opened the game wen he reached on an error and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Travis Shaw.

Back-to-back two-out singles by Ben Klafczynski and David Lyon set the table for Bagoly who tripled home both runners putting the Golden Flashes on top 3-0.

In the third, Aquadro retired the first two hitters before walking Klafczynski on four straight pitches. Lyon followed with a single and Bagoly battled for nine pitches before reaching on a walk. Campbell followed with a single up the middle scoring two runs as Kent State went on top 5-0.

The Guins picked up their first run in 15 innings against Kent State this year in the bottom of the sixth. YSU was the beneficiary of a failed pickoff try by Christian Lockett allowed Hurlimann to score.

In the seventh, the Guins put their first two batters on base and Johnson came home with one out on a groundout to second by Joe Iacobucci.

YSU had the potential tying run at the plate in the eighth, however with two outs Johnson flew out to deep left.

The Penguins return to Horizon League action on Friday when they open a three-game series at Valpariso. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.