Baseball's Rally at Milwaukee Falls Short

Jason Shirley (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Jason Shirley (Photo by Ron Stevens)

The Youngstown State baseball team had its comeback bid at Milwaukee come up short, falling 7-5 to the Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.

The Penguins trailed 5-0 after three innings and 7-1 after four, but they gave themselves plenty of opportunities to rally. YSU went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, though, and stranded 16 runners. Five of those stranded runners were in the final two innings.

Brent Gillespie and Jason Shirley had two hits apiece, and Matt Sullivan posted two RBIs for Youngstown State. Pat Wilson hit a two-run homer, and Ryan Solberg continued his strong series with two hits for the Panthers.

Reliever Anthony Konders allowed two hits and did not walk a batter over three innings to give the Penguins a chance for a comeback.

Solberg's RBI single gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead in the first, and the Panthers scored twice in each of the next three innings. UWM scored on an error and a sacrifice fly in the second, and Wilson's two-run home run made the score 5-0.

Shirley doubled in David Saluga with two outs in the fourth to get the Penguins within four, but an RBI double by Derek Peake and another sacrifice fly put Milwaukee ahead 7-1.

Jake Ross drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth, and the Penguins added two runs in the sixth on a hit batsman with the bases loaded and a fielder's choice. YSU's final run came when Gillespie doubled and scored on Sullivan's single in the eighth. The Penguins left the bases loaded in the eighth and stranded runners at second and third in the ninth. They also left the bases loaded in the fifth and stranded two runners in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings.

Milwaukee starter Cody Peterson walked five batters and yielded to the bullpen after four innings despite allowing just one run. Tyler Thicke also walked five in an inning plus, and Justin Jaquish allowed a run on three hits in 2.2 innings as the winning pitcher. Tell Taylor registered the final four outs to record his second save.

Youngstown State and Milwaukee will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.