Baseball Loses to Long Island, Fairfield

Drew Dosch
Drew Dosch

Kannapolis, N.C. -- The Youngstown State baseball team lost 7-6 in extra innings to Long island, and it was outscored 9-0 after a rain delay in a 10-4 loss to Fairfield on Friday afternoon.

Drew Dosch homered in each game for the first two round-trippers of his career, and Jeremy Banks also homered and drove in five runs. They accounted for nine of YSU's 14 hits on the day, and no other Penguin recorded multiple hits.

Against LIU Brooklyn, the Blackbirds held a 6-2 lead before the Penguins forced extra innings. YSU scored two runs in the eighth on RBI singles from Marcus Heath and Jake Kucek. A run scored on a bases-loaded double play for YSU's first run in the ninth, and Banks came through with a clutch RBI single that brought in David Saluga with the tying run.

YSU could not capitalize on a one-out walk in the 10th, and LIU Brooklyn scored an unearned run in the bottom half to escape with the win. Chris Untereiner reached on an error by second baseman Jack Graham to start the inning, but Nic Manuppelli was able to retire the next two Blackbirds. He walked the next batter, and Albert Faz singled in Untereiner for the game-winner.

Manuppelli allowed just the one unearned run in two innings of relief for YSU, but he was charged with the loss. Chance Fuglistahler struck out two in a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win.

Against Fairfield in game two, YSU led 4-1 in the third inning before a rain delay lasting more than an hour killed its momentum. The Penguins managed just one hit the rest of the game.

Banks doubled in Dosch, who singled, in the first to give the Guins a 1-0 lead. Dosch then homered to lead off the third, and Banks followed with a two-run blast two batters later to make the score 4-0.

Larry Cornelia doubled in two runs and scored on a sacrifice fly for Fairfield in the bottom of the third, and the Stags took the lead in the fifth on a two-run single from Mark Skrapits. Fairfield extended its lead with five runs on three hits and an error in the seventh.

YSU starter Pat Shedlock was charged with the loss, allowing five runs in 4.2 innings. Seven of the 14 batters he retired struck out. Kyle Capaldo, who did not allow a run in four innings, earned the win for Fairfield.

The Penguins will play both Fairfield and Long Island again on Sunday.