Youngstown State Drops First Game at Liberty

Jeff Wehler
Jeff Wehler

The Youngstown State baseball team dropped an 16-0 decision to Liberty at Liberty Baseball Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. on Tuesday afternoon.

Five different Penguins recorded hits in the game. Freshman infielder Jeff Wehler went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Wehler leads Youngstown State with a three stolen bases on the season. Web Charles, Drew Dickerson and Zach Lopatka all went 1-for-3 with singles while Blaze Glenn went 1-for-4 with a base hit of his own. Glenn leads YSU with 10 hits this season and has now hit safely in three straight games. Trey Bridis went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk on the day.

YSU threatened immediately in the top of the first inning when Jeff Wehler led off the game with a single to center field on the second pitch he saw. The freshman infielder then stole second to move into scoring position with nobody out. Zach Lopatka followed with a walk before Wehler was picked off at second base. Liberty starter Zach Clinton then recorded two straight outs to end the inning.

The Flames took an early 2-0 advantage when Jonathan Embry hit a two-run home run to right field with one out in the bottom of the first inning.

In the top of the third, Web Charles singled with one out but was caught attempting to steal second base. Jeff Wehler then singled and was able to advance to third on a single by Zach Lopatka. However, the Penguins would strand both runners as Trey Bridis grounded out to end the threat.

In the bottom of the third, Liberty catcher Tre Todd hit a one-out single but was thrown out trying to steal second base by Nick Caruso. Later in the inning, Drew Allen walked with two out and advanced to second on a single to left field by Tyler Galazin. Andrew Yacyk followed with an infield single and Allen was able to score on a throwing error to increase Liberty's lead to 3-0.

Kip DeShields came on in relief of Colin Clark in the bottom of the fourth inning and gave up a leadoff double to Ben Highfill. DeShields then walked Cam Locklear to put two runners on with nobody out. Both baserunners were able to advance 90 feet on a wild pitch before D.J. Artis drew a walk to load the bases.

Austin Butler came out of the bullpen to replace DeShields and was greeted by Tre Todd who hit a double to the wall in left-center field which cleared the bases to put the Flames ahead 6-0. After two walks and a hit batter, Todd was brought home to make it 7-0 before Alex Bellardini came on to pitch for the Penguins.

Ben Highfill would record his second hit of the inning when he doubled down the left field line with two outs to clear the bases and push Liberty's lead to 10-0. Cam Locklear followed with a single to center field which scored Highfill to make it 11-0.

The Flames went on to add one run in the bottom of the sixth and four in the seventh.

Colin Clark took the loss for YSU in the first start of his career. The freshman left-hander allowed three runs, two of them earned, over three innings. Zach Clinton picked up the win for Liberty after giving up six hits over six scoreless innings.

The Penguins will finish their two-game series with Liberty tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. ET

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