Early Burst Leads Bowling Green to Win Over Baseball

Web Charles (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Web Charles (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Bowling Green scored 12 runs in the first four innings and beat the Youngstown State baseball team 15-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Steller Field.

Web Charles hit a pair of doubles as part of a three-hit day, and the senior also drove in two runs for the Penguins. Cody Dennis added two hits in four at bats as YSU had its 10-game winning streak against Bowling Green that dated back to 1996 snapped.

Dylan Dohanos was 4-for-6 at the plate to lead the Falcons, who had 13 singles and four doubles in the contest.

Bowling Green scored three runs on three hits in the first inning, and it capitalized on Penguin errors on consecutive at bats to take the early lead. The Falcons then had seven straight batters reach base after YSU starter Zach Lopatka retired the first two hitters in the second inning as they increased their lead to 8-0.

Dennis reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch in the top of the third inning for YSU's first run, but Bowling Green countered with a run in the bottom half and three more in the fourth to take a 12-1 lead.

Youngstown State outscored the Falcons 4-3 over the final four-and-a-half innings once the game settled in. Charles led off the fifth with a single, and he moved to third on a Tanner Montgomery's one-out single. Charles scored on a balk, and Montgomery scored from second on Dennis' single.

Bowling Green scored on a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and YSU's final two runs came when Charles doubled in Blaze Glenn and Drew Dickerson in the eighth. The Falcons scored a pair of unearned runs, their fifth and sixth unearned runs of the contest, in the bottom of the eighth for the final tally.

Lopatka was tagged with the loss, surrendering 11 runs, eight of which were earned, in 3.1 innings. Grant Kersh was solid in relief as he allowed one earned run over 3.2 innings, and Aaron Williams pitched the eighth inning in his first collegiate appearance.

Bowling Green starter Gage Schenk was awarded the win after allowing one run on two hits in three innings. Four Falcons relievers combined to allow four runs, one of which was earned, on eight hits over the final six innings.

Youngstown State will return to Eastwood Field to host Pitt on Wednesday at 5 p.m.