Kendrick, Bridis Homer as Penguins Lose Twice at Oakland

Evan Cheng
Evan Cheng

Oakland hit a walk-off three-run home run in a 7-5 victory in game one, and the Golden Grizzlies took game two 8-6 to sweep a doubleheader against the Youngstown State baseball team on Sunday at the Oakland Baseball Field.

Youngstown State trailed 3-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning in game one and scored four runs to take a 5-3 lead. Oakland scored all of its runs in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, and Jordan Jackson came off the bench to hit a game-winning, pinch-hit three-run home run as the Golden Grizzlies won 7-5.

The Penguins loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first, and Padovan singled in Anthony Rohan for the first run of game one.

YSU starter Collin Floyd retired the first 10 batters he faced, and he didn't allow a hit until Matt DiLeo hit a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Floyd allowed only one more hit in his seven innings of work, a bunt single to lead off the sixth. Floyd struck out a season-high nine batters.

The score was 3-1 after eight innings before there were eight runs, seven hits and 16 batters step to the plate in the ninth inning. Lou Cardona and Evan Cheng hit one-out infield singles, and Rohan was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Penguins in the top of the inning. Web Charles' RBI single made the score 3-2, and the next three runs all came across without a ball being put into play. Lorenzo Arcuri walked on four pitches to force in the tying run, and Andrew Kendrick was hit by a 2-2 pitch to plate the go-ahead run. Padovan's bases-loaded walk gave the Penguins a 5-3 cushion.

For Oakland in the bottom of the ninth, DiLeo hit a one-out single, and Tyler Trovinger replaced him with a fielder's choice as the Golden Grizzlies had a runner on first with two outs. Drew Demumbrum kept the inning alive with a seeing-eye single up the middle, and Trovinger scored on a single to left by Mike McGee to make the score 5-4. Jackson then hit a 2-0 offering from Joe King over the wall in right for a walk-off, opposite field home run.

YSU led 1-0 and 2-1 in game two, and Oakland scored the final two runs after the Penguins rallied to tie the game at 6-6 in the top of the fifth.

Padovan had two hits and two RBIs in game one, and Cheng went 4-for-4 in game two. Kendrick increased his school-record home run total to 15, and Trey Bridis hit his career-best seventh round-tripper in game two.

Charles scored on an error in the top of the first to put the Penguins up 1-0, but the Golden Grizzlies tied the score in the bottom of the inning on a Tyler Pagano single. Cheng singled in Bridis with two outs in the second to give YSU a 2-1 advantage, which ended up being its final lead.

Oakland scored three runs on five hits, one of which was a bunt single that plated the go-ahead run, in the bottom of the second to go up 4-2. After Oakland scored an unearned run in the bottom of the third to extend its lead to 5-2, Bridis hit a solo homer to bring the Penguins to within two runs. Pagano countered with a home run in the bottom of the inning to increase the margin back to three.

Kendrick delivered with a three-run home run to left center with Cheng and Arcuri aboard to tie the score at 6-6 in the top of the fifth, but another solo home run for Oakland in the bottom of the inning made the score 7-6. The Golden Grizzlies added a run on a two-out single by Demumbrum in the sixth.

The two victories allowed the Golden Grizzlies to secure a spot over Youngstown State in the Horizon League Tournament. The Penguins conclude conference play with a 9-21 record, and they will have four non-conference games next week to complete the 2017 campaign. YSU will play at Kent State on Tuesday, and the Penguins will host Rider on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Eastwood Field.