The Youngstown State baseball team dropped a 15-10 decision in the finale of a three-game series at Wright State on Saturday evening.
The Penguins trailed 15-6 heading into the ninth inning and were able to make things interesting by scoring four times with two outs, but came up short as the Raiders earned the series sweep.
Wright State jumped in front early by scoring eight runs on six hits in the bottom of the second inning. Gabe Snyder and Zane Harris each had RBI singles in the inning and Chase Sloane hit a three-run home run to left field.
The Penguins answered right back in the top of the third as Zach Lopatka led off the frame with a walk and Nick Caruso singled. Cody Dennis and Bridis followed with RBI singles to cut the Wright State lead to 8-2. Nick Massey, Lou Cardona and Glenn then drew three straight walks to push two more runs across. Later in the inning, Dickerson grounded into a double play that drove in Massey to cut the WSU lead to 8-5.
The Raiders added one run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Peyton Burdick to go in front 9-5. The score remained the same until the bottom the sixth when Wright State plated three runs on three hits to increase its advantage to 12-5. The Raiders added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to push their lead to 15-5.
YSU threatened in the top of the eighth but could only score once as Bridis hit a leadoff single, Massey walked and Cardona singled to load the bases with nobody out. Glenn followed with a sacrifice fly to left field which drove home Bridis to give the Penguins their sixth run.
The Penguins made one final comeback attempt in the ninth inning by scoring four runs, all with two outs. After a pair of strikeouts, Bridis, Massey and Cardona drew three consecutive walks to load the bases before Blaze Glenn hit a two-run single to center field. Dickerson followed with an infield single and a throwing error allowed both Glenn and Cardona to score which pulled the Penguins within five at 15-10.
Lopatka was saddled with the loss for the Penguins while Mitch Gremling picked up the win for the Raiders.
Youngstown State will be back in action Tuesday with a non-conference home game against St. Bonaventure. First pitch at Eastwood Field is currently scheduled for 6 p.m.