Penguins Drop Home Opener to Pittsburgh

Joe King
Joe King

Niles, Ohio - The Youngstown State baseball team suffered an 8-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon at Eastwood Field. 

The Penguins (5-12) trailed 8-0 before tallying the final four runs of the contest. Pittsburgh (11-12) scored twice in the first, four times in the second and two more in the third. The Guins had a pair of runs in the fourth and six innings to keep the heat on Pitt.

Trailing 8-0, Jake Fryman hammered a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence for his second home run in as many games. In the sixth, YSU scored twice off Pitt reliever Dan Furman. Jason Shirley hit a one-out single before Fryman doubled down the right-field line. Shirley came home to score on a single back up the middle by Joe King. Fryman came home one batter later on a sacrifice fly by Josh Fitch.

The top five spots in the lineup had six of the Penguins' seven hits.

YSU starter D.J. Carr suffered the loss allowing five earned runs in two innings. The bullpen had a solid performance the rest of the game surrendering just two runs in the next seven innings. The final three relievers - Anthony Konders, King and Fitch - pitched a scoreless final four innings. Austin Lujano had a career-long three-inning outing.

For Pitt, Jacob Wright and Alex Kowalczyk had three hits each. Kowalczyk had four RBI in the game.

YSU returns to Horizon League play on Friday against UIC. As of now, first pitch at Eastwood Field is set for 5:30 p.m.