The Youngstown State baseball team swept its doubleheader with Northern Kentucky on Saturday to improve to 3-2 in Horizon League play. Starting pitchers Greg Dunham and Collin Floyd both tossed gems to lead the Penguins on a cold afternoon at Eastwood Field.
Game One | PDF Box Score
In game one, the Penguins got a great outing from starting pitcher Greg Dunham on their way to a 3-1 victory. Dunham allowed just one run and scattered five hits over 6.1 innings to earn the win.
YSU fell behind 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning before answering with two runs in the bottom of the frame. The Penguins added a run in the bottom of the seventh and that was all the YSU bullpen would need.
The Penguins threatened in the bottom of the second inning when Andrew Kendrick walked with one out and stole second base. With two out, Drew Dickerson singled to right field but Kendrick was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Preston Pilat hit a leadoff single to right field to begin the fifth and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Andrew Bacon followed with a single to left field to drive in Pilat and put the Norse up 1-0.
Zach Lopatka walked to start the bottom of the fifth and was replaced by pinch runner Nick Massey. Dickerson then reached on an error when he bunted back to the pitcher, Cameron Ross, who threw the ball into center field trying to get the force out at second base. Massey advanced to third on the error and Nick Caruso followed with a walk to load the bases.
Trey Bridis hit a sacrifice fly to center to field to bring home Massey and tie the game at 1-1. Web Charles then singled to left field, driving in Dickerson to give the Penguins their first lead of the day at 2-1.
Caruso singled to begin the bottom of the seventh and was advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Cody Dennis. Bridis then reached on an error by the shortstop, allowing Caruso to score and increase the YSU lead to 3-1.
Seven different Penguins had hits in the game while Bridis and Charles each collected an RBI.
The Norse had seven hits in the ballgame, each by a different player. Cameron Ross suffered the loss for NKU after giving up two unearned runs on three hits over five innings of work.
Game Two | PDF Box Score
In game two, Youngstown State erupted for 14 hits and got another dominant performance from its starting pitcher. Collin Floyd allowed just three hits and struck out eight batters over seven shutout innings. The junior had at least one strikeout in five of his seven innings and fanned two batters in three separate frames.
Dalton Earich, Jakob Brustoski and Joel Hake combined to hold Northern Kentucky without a hit over two innings of relief. Earich retired the side in order in the eighth and struck out two of the three hitters he faced.
Offensively, Blaze Glenn led the way for the Penguins, going 4-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and a stolen base. Trey Bridis and Jeff Wehler each went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Drew Dickerson and Austin Trace each recorded two hits in the game as well.
Bridis led off the bottom of the first inning with a bang when he hit his third home run of the season over the left field wall to give YSU an early 1-0 lead.
Bridis got his second hit of the game when he reached on an infield single to begin the bottom of the third. With one out, Wehler and Glenn hit back-to-back singles to left field to load the bases. Dickerson then singled to center field with two outs, driving in Bridis and Wehler to put the Penguins up 3-0.
Wehler led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single and was brought home on the next at-bat when Glenn doubled to left center to make it 4-0.
The Penguins added five insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to go in front 9-0 with run-scoring hits by Nasonti, Kendrick and Glenn. Kendrick hit a two-run triple in the inning, the first of his career.
Northern Kentucky got on the board with two runs in the top of the ninth before Hake closed things out to give YSU the doubleheader sweep.
Andrew Bacon, Will Haueter and Cole Heavilin each had hits for the Norse. Sam Williams took the loss after allowing four runs on 10 hits over four innings on the mound.
The Penguins and Norse will conclude their three-game series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch at Eastwood Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.