Penguins Come Up Short in Weather-Affected Contest at Miami

Cade Negley (Photo by Ken Lanese)
Cade Negley (Photo by Ken Lanese)

Oxford, Ohio - The Youngstown State baseball team dropped a 5-2 decision to Miami (Ohio) on Sunday morning in the second game of a four-game weekend series from McKie Field at Hayden Park.

The game, which began on Saturday at noon, was suspended due to weather conditions in the bottom of the eighth inning with the RedHawks leading 5-2. Heavy rain and lightning in the area caused a 45-minute delay before it was decided that the contest would be suspended until Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Penguins manufactured a run in the top of the first inning to take an early lead for the second time in as many days, but the RedHawks scored in each of the first four frames on their way to taking a 2-0 series lead. YSU falls to 0-11 on the season while Miami wins its sixth straight game to improve to 9-3.

Cade Negley came out of the bullpen in the fourth and kept the Penguins in the game by allowing just one hit over 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. He dispatched nine of the 10 batters he faced, retiring Miami in order in both the fifth and seventh innings. The sophomore has now worked seven straight scoreless innings over his last two outings. Marco DeFalco worked a perfect eighth inning when the game resumed on Sunday morning.

However, RedHawks' pitchers were able to hold the Penguins' bats in check for the second straight game. YSU totaled four hits in the contest and managed just one over its final seven at-bats.

Jeff Wehler went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, and Trevor Wiersma recorded his team-leading ninth RBI of the season with a base hit. Dylan Swarmer also singled in the contest while Phillip Glasser walked twice and scored both YSU runs. Zach Lopatka walked twice and stole a base while Blaze Glenn swiped his third bag of the campaign.

Cristian Tejada spurred the offensive attack for Miami by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Charlie Harrigan registered a team and game-high two RBIs.

YSU took a first-inning lead for the eighth time in 11 games as Glasser got things started with a leadoff walk and Wehler followed with a base knock. Glasser advanced to third on a fly out, and scored on an RBI single from Wiersma. However, Miami starter Spencer Mraz was able to avoid further damage by picking off Wehler at second base and striking out Lopatka.

The RedHawks answered immediately with two runs on two hits in the home half of the first. Tejada hit a leadoff single and moved up 180 feet on an errant pickoff attempt. After two straight walks loaded the bases, Cole Andrews grounded into a double play that drove home Tejada to tie the game. Kyle Winkler followed with an RBI single to give Miami a 2-1 edge.

YSU got runners to second and third with two outs in the top of the second but could not cash in. Swarmer singled and Cody Dennis was hit by a pitch before Web Charles was robbed of a run-scoring hit by Harrigan, who made a great play defensive play at first base to quell the threat. The Penguins left a total of seven runners on base in the contest.

The RedHawks scored a run in three consecutive innings to extend their advantage to 5-1. Harrigan drove home a pair with sacrifice flies in the second and fourth innings while Will Vogelgesang tripled and scored on an error in the third.

The Penguins scored their second run in the fifth as Glasser drew a one-out walk and Wehler followed with a single. Glenn then reached on a throwing error that allowed Glasser to score and trim the Miami lead to 5-2.

Travis Perry was saddled with his third loss of the season after allowing five runs, four of them earned, on seven hits over 3.2 innings in his second career start.

Mraz was awarded the win after permitting two runs, one of them earned, on four hits during five innings on the mound. Shane Smith did not allow a hit over three scoreless innings of relief, and Andy Almquist tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up the save.

The Penguins and RedHawks will now play their scheduled Sunday doubleheader to conclude the four-game weekend series. Both games will be broadcast live on YSNLive.com.