The Youngstown State baseball team dropped an 11-3 decision to Seton Hall on Sunday morning in its final game at the Kissimmee Irish Classic.
Seton Hall took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Rob Dodona singled to left field with one out and was advanced to third on a double down the right field line by Al Molina. A fielding error by the Penguins then allowed two runs to score, giving the Pirates an early 2-0 lead. Another error would lead to the second unearned run of the inning and push the Seton Hall lead to 3-0.
The Pirates got a two-out rally going in the bottom of the fourth when Chris Villa reached base on a walk. Rob Dadona followed with a single and Al Molina walked after a pitching change to load the bases. Mike Alescio then drew a walk to push Seton Hall's advantage to 4-0.
The Pirates would add to their lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sebastian Santorelli led things off with a triple before Casey Dana drive him home with a triple of his own. Ryan Ramiz hit a sacrifice fly to center field with one away to bring home Dana and put Seton Hall in front 6-0.
The Penguins got back into the ballgame in the top of the sixth when Nick Massey hit a leadoff single through the right side. Nick LaBrasca reached on a throwing error with one out and Zach Lopatka was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Drew Dickerson walked with two outs to score YSU's first run of the day. In the ensuing at-bat, Nick Caruso reached on a fielder's choice and two runs were able to score, cutting Seton Hall's lead to 6-3.
The Pirates created some breathing room with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and three in the seventh to go up 11-3.
Zach Lopatka took the loss for YSU after allowing four runs, two of them earned, on four hits over 3.2 innings in his first start of the season. Ricky DeVito gave up three unearned runs on two hits over six innings of work on his way to earning the win.
The Penguins were held to just four hits on the day and left 10 runners on base as they fell to 1-8 on the season. Seton Hall improved to 4-5 with the victory.
Youngstown State will now travel to Lynchburg, Va. for two games against Liberty with the first contest scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.