Penguins Celebrate Four Seniors, Fall 8-3 to Wright State

2018 YSU Baseball Seniors
2018 YSU Baseball Seniors

The Youngstown State baseball team was defeated 8-3 by Wright State in the finale of a three-game series at Eastwood Field on Sunday afternoon. The Penguins celebrated their four seniors prior to the game with the annual senior day ceremony.

All four of YSU's seniors were in the starting lineup as Alex Bellardini was the starting pitcher, Trey Bridis served as the designated hitter, Andrew Kendrick was at third base and Anthony Santoro started behind the plate.

Drew Dickerson had a pair of singles to lead the Penguins offensively while Lucas Nasonti drove in a pair of runs.

The Raiders took a 5-0 lead in the top of the third inning with an RBI triple by Matt Morrow, a two-run single by Peyton Burdick and a two-run home run from Gabe Snyder.

JD Orr reached on an infield single with one out in the top of the fifth and came around to score on a groundout by Snyder to push the WSU lead to 6-0.

Wright State added a run in the top of the sixth and another in the seventh to go in front 8-0.

The Penguins got on the board in home half of the seventh. Blaze Glenn and Dickerson hit back-to-back, one-out singles and Web Charles walked to load the bases. Austin Trace was then hit by a pitch to bring home Glenn for YSU's first run. Nasonti followed with a two-run single which cut the WSU lead to 8-3.

Orr and Gray each had two hits in the contest to pace the Raiders while Snyder drove in three runs. The win allowed Wright State to complete the season sweep of YSU.

Zane Collins earned the win for the Raiders after allowing three runs on four hits over 6.2 innings. Bellardini suffered the loss for the Penguins after surrendering five runs on four hits over three innings.

Youngstown State will be back in action Friday, May 4 to begin a three-game, Horizon League series at Oakland. First pitch at Oakland Baseball Field is slated for 3 p.m.

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