Five Double Plays Cost Penguins in 6-1 Loss at Valparaiso

Alex Larivee
Alex Larivee

The Youngstown State baseball team hit into five inning-ending double plays and dropped game two of its three-game series at Valparaiso 6-1 on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Alex Larivee and Gerrad Rohan had a pair of hits to lead Youngstown State offensively.

Larivee doubled on the third pitch of the game and, following a walk to Billy Salem, scored on Rohan's RBI single. One batter later, with runners on first and second with one out, Valpo starter Trevor Haas started the trend of double plays with a 4-6-3 twin killing.

Valparaiso's Jeff Edwards singled in Nick Palace in the bottom of the second to tie the game, and the Crusaders took a 3-1 lead on Chase Dawson's two-run, two-out single.

After a double play ended YSU's half of the third, Valpo added a run on Palace's RBI double in the bottom of the inning to go up 4-1. The script was similar in the fifth and sixth innings as YSU hit into inning-ending double plays, and the Crusaders followed up with single tallies to take a 6-1 advantage. The Penguins' final double play ended the eighth inning.

YSU starter Joe King allowed five runs over five innings, Jared Wight surrendered a run in two innings, and Kevin Yarabinec pitched a scoreless eighth.

Haas pitched the first six innings for Valparaiso and allowed five hits and three walks to earn his fifth win of the season. Grant Inman shut out the Penguins over the final three innings to be awarded his first save.

Youngstown State will play its season finale at Valparaiso on Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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