Red Team Sweeps World Series to Cap Fall Baseball Season

2010 YSU Baseball
2010 YSU Baseball

Youngstown -- The Youngstown State baseball team finished its fall baseball season over the weekend with the annual Red-White World Series at Eastwood Field.

The Red squad won the best-of-three series 2-0 by pulling out two close, low-scoring games. The Red team scored twice in the bottom of the sixth – the last scheduled inning in the format – to win game one 4-3, and it won game two 2-0.

In the opener, Greg Dissinger gave the White team an early cushion with a two-run home run off of sophomore Kevin McCulloh. The White added another run off McCulloh, and White sophomore starter Blake Aquadro left after three innings with a 3-2 lead.

Sophomore Billy Turosky threw three scoreless innings of relief for the Red team to set up its sixth-inning rally. Freshman Nic Manuppelli retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the sixth for the White team, but junior Jeremy Banks walked to put the tying run on. Freshman Drew Dosch followed with a single, and redshirt freshman Craig Goubeaux doubled in both runners for a walk-off win.

Game two was a pitcher's duel between senior Phil Klein for the White and freshman Ryan Krokos for the Red. Neither pitcher allowed a run in three innings before the bullpens came in. Sophomore Padraic Williams broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single for the Red in the fourth, and Dosch brought in Armani Johnson with a ground out in the fifth.

Williams was also the hero on the mound in game two, throwing two scoreless innings to earn the win. Sophomore Alex Frey allowed both runs for the White.

Youngstown State head baseball coach Rich Pasquale was pleased with the overall progress the team made during the six-week session, especially on defense and on the mound.

"I was very pleased with the way we finished up the fall season. We committed only three errors in the final six games, which is really 12 games when you take into account that we were playing ourselves," he said. "Pitching really stepped up in the last two weeks by minimizing the damage with runners in scoring position."

"Offensively, I felt we were consistent throughout the fall with the understanding of moving the baseball," Pasquale added. "The hitters had a high percentage of productive outs, and we had good, aggressive and consistent base running. Playing aggressive baseball is how we will win games."

The fall session began on Sept. 10 and extended through Oct. 23.