Harless Provides Strong Start in Baseball's Loss at Wright State

Russ Harless
Russ Harless

Dayton, Ohio -- Wright State completed a three-game sweep of the Youngstown State baseball team with an 8-2 victory over the Penguins on Saturday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.

The Penguins led 1-0 after a run in the top of the second and trailed just 5-2 after scoring in the seventh. Wright State scored the final three runs of the game all with two outs.

David Saluga went a career-best 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Drew Dosch had two hits and two RBIs.

In the first weekend start of his career, YSU freshman Russ Harless kept the Penguins in the game, allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings. The right-hander attacked the strike zone throughout the game and posted struck out a career-high seven while walking just one.

Taylor Braun allowed one run on seven hits in six innings for Wright State.

The Penguins scored first in the second inning when Dosch singled in Saluga. The Penguins had four hits and a walk in the frame, but a big pickoff of Weston Weiss at third base hindered a chance for a big inning.

Garrett Gray hit a two-run homer for Wright State in the bottom of the second to put the Raiders up 2-1, and they added two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to go up 5-1.

Saluga hit a leadoff double and scored on Dosch's sacrifice fly in the seventh, and the Raiders added insurance with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and one in the eighth.

Youngstown State will play five games in six days next week, starting with a home contest against Kent State on Tuesday at 3 p.m.