Canisius scored a run in both the eighth and ninth innings to tie the game and scored twice in the 10th to rally for a 4-2 victory over the Youngstown State baseball team on Friday evening at Eastwood Field.
The rally spoiled the best start of Collin Floyd's young career. The freshman left-hander allowed four hits and struck out nine batters in seven innings and left with a 2-0 lead in a no decision.
Youngstown State led 1-0 after an inning as Lorenzo Arcuri hit a leadoff single to left and eventually scored on a delayed double steal. Arcuri went to second on a groundout, and he advanced to third on a wild pitch that was ball four to Andrew Kendrick. Kendrick then attempted to get caught in a rundown between first and second, and Arcuri came home.
YSU went ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Nico Padovan drew a leadoff walk, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch and scored on Alex Larivee's sacrifice fly. Billy Salem followed the sacrifice fly with a single, and that was the only hit that Nolan Hunt allowed in his six innings.
Floyd worked out of jams in the fourth and fifth innings, forcing the Golden Griffins to leave the bases loaded in the fourth and strand two runners in the fifth. Canisius loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but Floyd got Adam Tricario to pop out to Kendrick at first and got some help on a nice play from shortstop Shane Willoughby for the third out. Floyd then struck out Jake Lumley and Ryan Stekl consecutively to end the fifth when Canisius had runners on second and third with one out.
With Penguins closer Kevin Yarabinec coming in to start the eighth, Stekl started Canisius' rally with a one-out double. He advanced on a flyout to right field and scored on Tim Kensinger's two-out single to right center.
Canisius' tying run came with the help of a bad bounce for YSU in the ninth. With one out, Mark McKenna hit a hard bouncer up the middle that Yarabinec deflected. The ball changed course and went into shallow right field, which allowed McKenna to have a hustle double. After a walk, Anthony Massicci hit an RBI single to right that tied the game. Yarabinec got out of the inning by picking off Joseph Preziuso at third, and Massicci was thrown out trying to steal second.
Stekl and Liam Wilson hit back-to-back one-out singles in the top of the 10th for Canisius, and Stekl scored the eventual winning run on an error. Kensinger hit a potential double play chopper back to the mound, but Yarabinec's throw to second base sailed into centerfield. The Golden Griffins added an insurance run with an infield single.
Iannick Remillard retired the Penguins in order in the bottom of the 10th inning to record his 14th save of the season for Canisius.
Youngstown State and Canisius will continue their three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Penguins and Golden Griffins will wrap up the series on Sunday at noon, which is an hour earlier than originally scheduled.