Pittsburgh -- The Youngstown State baseball team struggled to get timely hits early, and Pittsburgh scored four runs late to extend the final margin in a 9-1 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field.
YSU had runners in scoring position in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh innings and did not score. A double play with runners on first and second ended the first inning, and a ground out ended the fourth. The biggest blow came in the fifth when the Penguins had runners and second and third with nobody out and Pitt starter Casey Roche got back-to-back strikeouts and a ground out.
Drew Dosch finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases for the Penguins. The sophomore third baseman extended his hitting streak to six games with his two singles and set a new career high with the two steals.
Rick Devereaux went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Anthony Defabio went 2-for-3 and scored three times for Pittsburgh.
YSU starter Pat Shedlock allowed five runs in 3.2 innings to suffer the loss. Three relievers combined to allow one earned run in 4.1 innings.
Roche allowed YSU's run on five hits and three walks in six innings of work to earn the victory.
Pitt scored a run in the first when Devereaux doubled in Defabio with one out, and the Panthers took a 2-0 lead when Roche hit a one-out double to bring in Devereaux in the third inning. A three-run fourth then put the Panthers up 5-0.
YSU cut into the lead with a run in the sixth, but that was all the offense it was able to muster. Jason Shirley drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a passed ball. Dosch then brought him in with an infield single.
Roche singled in Defabio in the seventh to make the score 6-1, and the Panthers tacked on three unearned runs in the eighth for the final tally.
Youngstown State will play a three-game series at Wright State over the next three days. Game one of the set is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m.