Penguins Fall in 10 Innings at Pittsburgh

Lorenzo Arcuri (Photo by David Dermer)
Lorenzo Arcuri (Photo by David Dermer)

Pittsburgh scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Youngstown State baseball team 3-2 on Wednesday at Charles L. Cost Field.

Youngstown State's seven pitchers combined to hold the Panthers to just six hits in the game, and Pitt's run in the 10th came when the only ball put in play in the inning was on a sacrifice bunt. The Penguins walked just three batters in the game, but two of them came in the 10th.

Lorenzo Arcuri led the Penguins with three hits and three stolen bases, and Trey Bridis doubled twice. Youngstown State outhit their nearby ACC foes 9-6. YSU had baserunners in six of the first seven innings and in eight innings overall.

With the score tied at 2-2, Pitt pinch hitter Alex Griffith walked on a full count to start the bottom of the 10th inning and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Leadoff batter Jacob Wright was hit by a pitch, and Alex Amos walked on another full count to load the bases. Frank Maldanado, who pinch ran for Griffith, scored when Dion Felger's pitch went low and outside past catcher Anthony Santoro.

Bridis' first of two doubles led to the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. He started off the frame with a ground-rule double over the centerfield wall, and he advanced to third on Evan Cheng's one-out single. Bridis then scored on an Alex Larivee ground out to third base.

Pitt scored its first two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and took a 2-1 lead. Amos was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and he scored one batter later on Parry's double to left. Parry came home later in the inning on a squeeze bunt by Manny Pazos.

Arcuri tied the score singlehandedly in the top of the fifth when he hit a two-out single, stole second and advanced the remaining two bases on another steal and ensuing throwing error from the catcher.

Alex Bellardini and Joe King worked out of a jam for the Penguins in the bottom of the eighth after Wright led off with a double. Wright advanced to third on a ground out, and Bellardini forced Parry into an infield pop up for the second out. King came in to end the threat with a strikeout, and the Penguins' closer retired the Panthers in order in the ninth.

The Penguins got the leadoff runner on in the top of the ninth when Kyle Benyo was hit by a pitch, but pinch runner DarShawn Armstrong was stranded there.

YSU starter Gino DiVincenzo pitched into the fourth inning and allowed two runs on two hits. Collin Floyd, Jesse Slinger, Bellardini and King all had scoreless outings for the Penguins.

Youngstown State will host Northern Kentucky in a Horizon League doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.