Penguins Drop Series Opener at Miami, 6-3; Doubleheader Moved to Sunday

Jeff Wehler (Photo by Ken Lanese)
Jeff Wehler (Photo by Ken Lanese)

Oxford, Ohio - Jeff Wehler recorded two hits, including his second home run of the season, as the Youngstown State baseball team fell 6-3 to Miami (Ohio) on Friday evening at McKie Field at Hayden Park.

Due to rain in the forecast for Saturday, there has been a change to the weekend schedule. The two teams will now play a single game tomorrow beginning at noon and a doubleheader starting at noon on Sunday to conclude the four-game series.

In the opener, the Penguins plated two runs in the top of the first inning to grab an early advantage, but the RedHawks scored five of the game's final six runs to take the series lead. YSU falls to 0-10 on the season while Miami improves to 8-3.

After YSU jumped ahead, Miami plated three runs on four hits in the bottom of the second to take its first lead. Wehler tied the game 3-3 by leading off the third with his solo blast, but the RedHawks scored twice in the home half to move in front for good.

Wehler went 2-for-4 with a single, a home run, a stolen base and two runs scored to lead the Penguins offensively. Zach Farrar, Zach Lopatka and Tanner Montgomery each singled in the contest while Blaze Glenn and Trevor Wiersma each collected an RBI.

After allowing five runs over his first three innings, YSU starter Colin Clark settled down and held Miami scoreless on just two hits over his final three frames to keep the Penguins in the game. He struck out five batters and faced the minimum in three different innings. Dalton Earich worked two solid innings out of the bullpen, allowing one run on three hits and fanning a pair.

The difference was at the plate where Miami out-hit YSU 12-5. RedHawks' pitchers blanked the Penguins over the final six innings, and limited them to just one hit over their final five innings.

Sam Bachman allowed three runs on five hits and struck out four batters over six innings to earn the win. Tyler Bosma also struck out four over three perfect innings of relief to collect the save.

Eight different RedHawks recorded a hit as Mackay Williams led the way with three singles, two runs scored and a stolen base. Cal Elvers had a team-high two RBIs, and was one of five Miami hitters to drive home a run.

The Penguins started quick in the top of the first inning as Phillip Glasser drew a leadoff walk and Wehler followed with a single. Both players stole a base before coming in to score on RBI groundouts from Glenn and Wiersma that put YSU in front 2-0.

Miami responded with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead 3-2. Elvers and Parker Massman each notched RBI singles, and Kyle Winkler was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

After Wehler went yard in the third to tie the contest, the RedHawks' quickly regained a 5-3 edge by scoring twice on three hits in the bottom half. Charlie Harrigan hit a leadoff single and scored two batters later on a one-out triple to left center from Will Vogelgesang. Miami used a single and three straight two-out walks to add an insurance run in the eighth.

Clark suffered his second loss of the season after surrendering five runs on nine hits in six innings on the hill.

The Penguins and RedHawks will continue their four-game series with a single game tomorrow at noon. The contest will be broadcast live on