The Youngstown State baseball team split a doubleheader with Oakland on Saturday at Eastwood Field. The Penguins are now 7-4 in Horizon League play as the loss in game two snapped a four-game home winning streak.
Game One | PDF Box Score
YSU scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on its way to an 8-2 win over Oakland in the first game of a doubleheader at Eastwood Field on Saturday afternoon.
Blaze Glenn hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead the Penguins offensively. Drew Dickerson had three singles while Trey Bridis and Nick Massey recorded two hits apiece. Jeff Wehler drove in two runs and Massey had an RBI as well.
Youngstown State erupted for 13 hits in the game and eight different Penguins recorded at least one.
Greg Dunham gave the Penguins another extremely solid outing, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings on his way to the victory. The sophomore has now won three consecutive starts in conference play.
The Penguins took an early lead in the bottom of the third when Bridis hit a leadoff double of the wall in center field. Later in the inning, Glenn hit a two-run homer over the wall in right field to put YSU ahead 2-0.
YSU would add to its lead with two more runs in the fourth inning. Cody Dennis was hit by a pitch with two outs and advanced to second on a passed ball. Bridis then reached on an error, allowing Dennis to score before Massey hit an RBI single to right which to drove in Bridis and put the Penguins in front 4-0.
Jordan Jackson led off the top of the fifth inning for Oakland with a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. He then moved up to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error to cut YSU's lead to 4-1.
The Golden Grizzlies got within two on an RBI single by Emerson Misch in the top of the seventh before the Penguins opened things up with four runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Dennis led off the frame with a walk, Bridis singled and Massey moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Wehler followed with a two-run double to left center which increased the YSU advantage to 6-2. Glenn then blasted his second homer of the game over the wall in left to give the Penguins even more breathing room at 8-2.
Dalton Earich, Joel Hake and Jakob Brustoski each made appearances out of the bullpen for YSU. Hake came on with runners at second and third and one out in the top of the eighth. He struck out the first batter he faced on three pitches and induced a groundout to get out of the jam.
Ryan Fitzgerald and Misch had two hits each as seven different players for Oakland recorded a hit.
Nick Parr took the loss for the Golden Grizzlies after allowing four runs, two of them earned, on eight hits over six innings on the mound.
Game Two | PDF Box Score
Youngstown State led 4-2 after the fifth inning in game two before Oakland scored the final 15 runs to salvage a split.
Collin Floyd allowed four runs on five hits and struck out 10 batters in 5.2 innings of work. The game was tied 4-4 when he handed the ball to bullpen.
Fitzgerald led off the game with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Misch. Mario Camiletti reached on a fielder's choice to send Fitzgerald home and put Oakland up 1-0.
The Penguins answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Bridis reached on an error and Lucas Nasonti followed with a single. Both runners advanced 90 feet on a flyout and Glenn brought them home with a two-run single to left which put YSU in front 2-1.
Misch hit a solo home run over the wall in right field for the Golden Grizzlies to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the third.
Dennis and Bridis led off the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back walks and Dennis advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Wehler reached on an infield single which drove in Dennis to put the Penguins back in front. Glenn reached on a fielder's choice, pushing Bridis to third and Bridis stole home on a double steal to give YSU a 4-2 lead.
Tyler Trovinger walked to lead off the top of the sixth and moved up to second base on a failed pickoff attempt by Floyd. Trovinger tagged and advanced to third on a flyout before being driven in on a single by Myles Zilinsky. After Zilinsky stole second, Mike McGee hit an RBI single through the left side to tie the game at 4-4.
The Golden Grizzlies blew the game open by scoring nine runs on six hits in the top of the seventh to take a 13-4 lead. Oakland added two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to produce the final score of 17-4.
Nasonti led YSU with a pair of singles while Bridis, Wehler, Glenn, Massey and Tanner Montgomery each had base hits as well. Glenn drove in two runs, giving him six total RBIs on the day.
Eight different Golden Grizzlies had hits as McGee and Misch had two apiece. Blake Griffith and Camiletti each had a pair of RBIs.
Nate Schweers earned the win for Oakland while Austin Butler suffered the loss for the Penguins.
The Penguins and Golden Grizzlies will conclude their three-game series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch for the rubber match is slated for 2 p.m.