Penguins Rally But Fall in 10 Innings at Radford, 4-3

Greg Dunham
Greg Dunham

The Youngstown State baseball team scored twice in the top of the ninth to force extra innings and took the lead in the 10th before falling 4-3 at Radford on Friday afternoon.

Down 2-0 and down to their last strike, the Penguins got a spark when Andrew Kendrick hit a two-out homer to right. Web Charles then prolonged the inning with a single to right, and Jeff Wehler's fly ball to left was dropped, which allowed Charles to score the tying run from first. All three of those at bats ended with two strikes.

Blaze Glenn hit a solo homer to right in the top of the 10th to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead, but Radford scored twice with the help of threeerrors in the bottom of the inning to come away with the one-run victory.

YSU starting pitcher Greg Dunham went the first nine innings and was brilliant. He saved his biggest heroics for the bottom of the ninth when he worked around a leadoff double by Andrew Szamski to force extra innings. After a sacrifice bunt moved the winning run to third, YSU issued back to back-to-back intentional walks to load the bases and to present opportunities for an inning-ending double play or a force out at the plate. Dunham took care of it on his own, though, by striking out Richard De la Cruz and Carlin Christian.

In the bottom of the 10th, reliever Zack Minney retired the first batter before Radford started its rally. Colby Higgerson walked on a full count, and Spencer Horwitz singled to put the winning run on base. They completed a double steal, and Higgerson came in to score on a throwing error to third. Minney struck out Szamski, but a walk and an infield error followed as Radford loaded the bases with two outs. Horwitz then scored the game-winner on another infield error.

Glenn had two hits in the game, adding a single to his solo blast in the 10th, and Nick Massey added two singles. Horwitz and Szamski, the third and fourth hitters in Radford's lineup, combined for six of the Highlanders' nine hits.

Radford did all of its damage against Dunham in the first three innings before he blanked the Highlanders over his final six innings. He struck out six batters and surrendered eight hits while walking two batters over nine innings.

Dunham allowed a double followed by an RBI single by Szamski with two outs in the first inning for the first run of the game, and Horwitz's RBI single with two outs in the third put Radford up 2-0.

The Highlanders had six hits in the first and third innings but, but they managed just two more off Dunham. The sophomore right-hander retired Radford in order in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings, and he faced the minimum in the fifth with the help of a caught stealing.

Youngstown State put a runner on base in seven of the first eight innings before finally breaking through in the ninth.

Radford starter Ryan Sande blanked the Penguins over seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out three batters before handing the ball to the bullpen. Austin Ross allowed the three runs but earned third win of the season.

The Penguins and Highlanders will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.

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