Penguins Walk-Off Again as Glasser Scores on Wild Pitch in 11th Inning

The Penguins celebrate a walk-off win over Kent State at Eastwood Field. (Photo by Rob Hayes)
The Penguins celebrate a walk-off win over Kent State at Eastwood Field. (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Phillip Glasser raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Youngstown State baseball team a 4-3 win over Kent State and its second walk-off victory in as many Wednesdays at Eastwood Field.

Glasser, who hit a walk-off single in YSU's 10-inning win over Pitt last Wednesday, led off the bottom of the 11th against the Golden Flashes with a single to right center. Blaze Glenn, who sent the game to extra innings with an RBI single in the ninth, walked, and Cody Dennis advanced both runners with a pinch-hit sacrifice bunt. Drew Dickerson was walked intentionally, and Glasser slid head first around the tag at the plate when the first pitch to Steven D'Eusanio was in the dirt and bounced away.

Youngstown State improved to 5-23 with the victory and won for the third time in the last five games. Kent State dropped to 11-15, and the season series with the programs is tied 1-1.

Glasser was 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, while Glenn and Lucas Nasonti both had a pair of hits. That trio combined for seven of YSU's 10 hits. Dickerson, Web Charles and Dylan Swarmer also had hits.

Kent State leadoff batter Ben Carew had four of the Golden Flashes' nine hits.

Cameron Murray, Glasser and Glenn walked to start the bottom of the first inning, and Trevor Wiersma's sacrifice fly put YSU on top 1-0. Kent State starter Luke Albright worked out of the jam to keep the Penguins to just one run, and YSU starter Jon Snyder protected that lead by striking out four baters in the first three innings.

After Snyder recorded his fourth strikeout to begin the top of the third, the Golden Flashes got their next three hitters aboard as Josh Hollander singled, Kevin Dobos was hit by a pitch and Carew laid down a bunt single. However, Snyder was able to induce a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the jam. Kent State loaded the bases again, this time with nobody out, in the top of the fourth on a pair of walks and a single. Pete Schuler scored on a wild pitch during the next at bat, and Hollander drove home Justin Kirby with a sacrifice fly to give the Golden Flashes their first lead at 2-1.

Carew drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth inning and Cam Touchette followed with a single, but the Penguins got an odd 4-6-5 double play and a groundout to end the threat. Glasser and Glenn hit back-to-back singles to begin the home half of the fifth, and Wiersma walked to load the base paths with nobody out. Dickerson then delivered an RBI single to tie the contest 2-2.

After that single by Dickerson, Kent State's bullpen recorded 12 consecutive outs until Nasonti led off the bottom of the ninth with a single.

The Golden Flashes loaded the bases with no outs for the second time in three innings after Brandon Matthews issued a leadoff walk and hit two batters in the top of the sixth. Matthews was able to avoid any damage though by getting Hollander to ground into a fielder's choice, and Dobos to ground into another rare double play, this time of the 5-4-2 variety.

Kip DeShields entered in the top of the seventh and Carew greeted him with a leadoff triple to the gap in right center. Two batters later, Schuler came through with a one-out RBI single to put Kent State back in front 3-2.

Nasonti's leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth started the YSU rally, and he advanced to second on a pinch-hit sacrifice bunt by Zach Farrar to put the tying run in scoring position. Glasser followed with a single to push Nasonti to third, and Glenn hit a 2-2 pitch through the left side to tie the score.

Snyder allowed two runs on three hits and struck out a career-high six batters in his four innings of work. The bullpen of Matthews, DeShields, Brett Souder, Dalton Earich and Grant Kersh combined to hold the Golden Flashes to one run on six hits over the final seven innings. Kersh was awarded his first-career victory after working a scoreless top half of the 11th.

Chris Martin was charged with the loss for Kent State. He came on to pitch the 10th inning as the fifth Golden Flashes pitcher to take the mound.

Youngstown State will try to carry momentum into the weekend as it hosts UIC in a three-game Horizon League series at Eastwood Field. Game one is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday.