Penguins Hit Three Two-Run Homers in Loss at Oakland

Web Charles (Photo by Trevor Parks)
Web Charles (Photo by Trevor Parks)

The Youngstown State baseball team got a trio of two-run home runs, but Oakland scored the final 10 runs of the game to beat the Penguins 16-6 on Saturday at the Oakland Baseball Field.

The Penguins got two of those three homers in the first two innings, and Web Charles' two-run blast gave them a 4-0 lead in the top of the second. Oakland answered with five runs in the bottom of the second, and the Golden Grizzlies scored 10 runs over the fifth through eighth innings once YSU tied the score at 6-6.

In addition to Charles going deep, Blaze Glenn and Trey Bridis also hit two-run homers to right center for the Penguins. Bridis and Charles both had a pair of hits to combine for four of YSU's seven hits.

Oakland leadoff batter Ryan Fitzgerald went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and six RBIs.

Bridis led off the game with a single and scored on Glenn's two-out, two-run home run that put the Penguins up 2-0. Charles' homer in the top of the second came after Andrew Kendrick's one-out single.

Oakland's second inning started with an error and a single, and Jordan Jackson followed with a home run to quickly make the score 4-3. Fitzgerald's RBI double three batters later tied the score, and Emerson Misch's RBI single gave the Golden Grizzlies their first lead of the game.

Oakland added an unearned run in the third to increase the lead to 6-4, and Bridis tied the score with his two-run homer with one out in the top of the fourth.

YSU starter Collin Floyd retired the first Golden Grizzlies batter of the bottom of the fifth, but he allowed a single and issued back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out. Jakob Brustoski came on to strike out Thomas Miller, but Fitzgerald delivered a bases-clearing double that put Oakland ahead 9-6. Fitzgerald then stole third and scored on a wild pitch to up the advantage to 10-6.

Fitzgerald hit a two-run single in the sixth to extend the lead to 12-6, and Oakland added four more runs in the eighth for the final tally.

Floyd was charged with the loss, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Oakland starter Jake Lee allowed all six runs but stayed in long enough to earn the win. He surrendered six hits and walked four batters while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

The Penguins and Golden Grizzlies will play a doubleheader on Sunday starting at noon.

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