Penguins Beat Eastern Michigan in 10 Innings to Split Saturday Action

Phil Lipari (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Phil Lipari (Photo by Ron Stevens)

The Youngstown State baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, and Phil Lipari brought in the winning run with a single in the 10th as the Penguins beat Eastern Michigan 5-4 at Cincinnati's Marge Schott Stadium on Saturday evening.

The win over the Eagles came after the Penguins lost 1-0 to Cincinnati earlier on Saturday.

Lipari and Kris Moules both had three hits against Eastern Michigan, and Brent Gillespie had five hits during the doubleheader.

Eastern Michigan scored a pair of two-out runs in the first inning and another in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Penguins starter Jared Wight settled down and kept the Eagles scoreless until he exited with one out in the fifth, and Anthony Konders followed with 2.1 scoreless innings.

YSU scored its first run with two outs in the fourth when Moules doubled in Josh White, and Gillespie's one-out single with the bases loaded in the seventh tied the score. Reliever Charlie Land came in and got two big outs with runners at the corners to keep the score tied.

Michael Mioduszewski homered for Eastern Michigan to lead off the top of the ninth, but the Penguins tied it in the bottom half. Phil Lipari led off with an infield single, and Gillespie followed with a single to left. Kurt Laver then reached on a bunt single to load the bases, and Lipari scored the tying run when White grounded into a double play. Nick DiNello was hit by a pitch, and Moules was intentionally walked before Land got out of the inning.

Josh North allowed a leadoff single in the top of the 10th before inducing a double play and a fly out, and the Penguins capitalized on an error in the bottom half. Shane Willoughby led off with single, and Mike Accardi's sacrifice bunt was mishandled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Lipari then singled to plate Willoughby with the winning run.

North earned his first victory of the season by throwing the scoreless 10th, and Land was charged with the loss.

Brendon Shoemake was the hard-luck loser against Cincinnati. A day after the Bearcats scored 12 runs, Shoemake held them to one run on four hits in 6.2 innings. He allowed a two-out single in the first, leadoff singles in the fifth and sixth, and the only extra-base hit he surrendered led to the only run of the game.

Shoemake hit Russell Clark to start the seventh inning, and pinch-runner Ethan McAlpine advanced to second on a ground out to the mound. Shoemake induced a grounder for the second out, but Matt Williams doubled down the left field line to plate McAlpine.

The Penguins had a few chances at runs but came up empty. Gillespie led off the fourth with a double, but Cincinnati starter Andrew Zellner struck out the next two hitters and escaped after allowing an infield single with two outs. YSU then loaded the bases with one out in the eighth after Kevin Hix and Lorenzo Arcuri were hit by pitches and Gillespie walked. Reliever Bryan Chenoweth struck out White looking and got Lipari to ground out to end the inning.

Zellner allowed three hits, walked two batters and struck out in 7.1 innings to earn his first win of the season. Chenoweth earned his first save.

Youngstown State will play its series finale with Cincinnati on Sunday at 1 p.m.