Clark Tosses Gem, Glenn Homers in 4-2 Loss at Florida State

Colin Clark (Photo by Erin Pence)
Colin Clark (Photo by Erin Pence)

Tallahassee, Fla. - The Youngstown State baseball team carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning against No. 6/11 Florida State behind another impressive pitching performance from Colin Clark, but ultimately fell 4-2 at Dick Howser Stadium on Friday evening.

Junior infielder Blaze Glenn hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to put the Penguins in front, but the Seminoles hit a pair of their own two-run blasts in the sixth and seventh to win game one of a three-game series.

YSU drops to 0-4 on the season while Florida State improves to 5-0.

The Penguins took a lead into the bottom of the sixth inning against a top-10 opponent for the second time in a week; YSU also led late against No. 9 Mississippi State in the season opener last Friday.

After an impressive start on opening weekend, Clark put forth another tremendous effort against the Seminoles. The sophomore left-hander allowed one run on just five hits while striking out four over 5.1 innings in his second straight no-decision. He faced the minimum in the first and fourth innings while recording a strikeout in four different frames.

Glenn and Cody Dennis each recorded two hits in the contest while Jeff Wehler walked twice and scored a run. The Penguins have scored six of their seven runs this season on three two-run home runs; two from Glenn and one from Trevor Wiersma.

In the first meeting between the two schools, Youngstown State was able to hold Florida State to a total of eight hits, but could only muster five of its own.

After Wehler drew a two-out walk in the top of the first inning, Glenn rocketed the first pitch he saw from FSU starter Drew Parrish off the scoreboard in left field to give the Penguins the early edge. It was Glenn's second homer of the season; he also hit a two-run shot at Mississippi State last Saturday.

Glenn's blast was also the first hit of the season given up by Parrish, who tossed five innings in a combined no-hitter against Maine on opening day. The homer apparently also had enough power to cause operational damage to the scoreboard as it was shut down later in the game.

Florida State got runners on in the second, third and fourth innings, but solid defense behind Clark kept the Penguins in front. After back-to-back singles in the bottom of the second, Clark struck out Cooper Swanson, and then got J.C. Flowers to ground into a 5-3 double play.

With two out and two Seminoles aboard in the home half of the third, catcher Tanner Montgomery threw out Matheu Nelson attempting to steal third to end the threat. In the fourth, Clark induced another double play, this time 6-3, after a one-out single to avoid damage.

Clark departed with one away in the bottom of the sixth after hitting Reese Albert with a pitch. In the ensuing at-bat, FSU's Drew Mendoza sent a two-run shot over the wall in right off Grant Kersh to even the game at 2-2.

After Flowers reached on a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh, the Seminoles took their first lead at 4-2 on a two-out, two-run homer from Nander De Sedas that plated the deciding runs. Glenn hit a leadoff single to begin the ninth but was picked off in between two strikeouts.

Seven different players recorded a hit for FSU, led by Elijah Cabell, who logged a pair of base knocks.

Antonio Velez picked up his second win of the season after allowing only two hits over four scoreless innings in relief of Parrish, who surrendered two runs on two hits and struck out seven in four innings. Flowers worked a scoreless ninth and struck out two batters to earn the save.

Travis Perry took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen.

The Penguins and Seminoles will finish their three-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m ET. Both games will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra and YSNLive.com.