Baseball Falls Twice in Doubleheader at Miami (Ohio)

Lucas Nasonti (Photo by Ken Lanese)
Lucas Nasonti (Photo by Ken Lanese)

Oxford, Ohio -- The Youngstown State baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, falling 9-1 in the opener and 11-1 in game two at McKie Field.

Lucas Nasonti had a pair of hits in both games from the leadoff spot in the lineup for the Penguins, who were swept in the four-game series by the Redhawks. Jeff Wehler had an RBI single in game one, and Phillip Glasser hit an RBI triple in game two.

Mackey Williams had four hits and five RBIs to lead Miami offensively in the doubleheader.

Youngstown State will play five road games next week, the final three of which will be Horizon League contests. The Penguins will play at Kent State on Tuesday at 4 p.m., and they'll be at Pitt on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The conference slate will commence on Friday at 3 p.m. in game one of a three-game series at Northern Kentucky.

Game One

Miami scored in each of the first four innings on its way to a 9-1 win in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

YSU got a strong performance from its bullpen as Brett Souder and Brandon Matthews combined to hold Miami to two runs on just three hits over 5.2 innings. In his first career appearance, Matthews allowed only one hit and struck out three batters in four innings of scoreless relief.

The Penguins recorded a season-high eight hits as Nasonti led the team with two. The sophomore outfielder singled, doubled and scored a run while Web Charles and Zach Lopatka also doubled. Seven different players recorded a hit for YSU, and Jeff Wehler registered his fourth RBI of the season.

Miami also had seven different players log at least one hit, and four different RedHawks had two in the contest. Cal Elvers and Williams each drove in a pair of runs, and Williams hit his second home run of 2019.

Landon Stephens reached on a one-out single in the bottom of the first inning and came around to score on a two-out RBI single from Cole Andrews to give Miami an early 1-0 lead.

The Penguins loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the second as Lopatka walked, Drew Dickerson singled and Tanner Montgomery walked. However, a hard-hit ball off the bat of Cody Dennis ricocheted off the pitcher's glove to the second baseman to produce a rare 1-4-6-3 double play that got Miami out of the jam.

The RedHawks would add to their lead in the home half of the second as Will Vogelgesang reached on an error and stole second before scoring on a throwing error as he swiped third. Williams hit his solo blast later in the frame to push his team's advantage to 3-0. Miami plated four runs on four hits in the bottom of the third, and two runs on two hits in the fourth to push its lead to 9-0.

YSU got on the board in the top of the eighth inning when Nasonti hit a two-out double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven home on an RBI single from Wehler.

Greg Dunham took the loss after surrendering seven runs, six of them earned, on eight hits over 2.1 innings in his first start of the season. Miami starter Jack Corbell allowed just four hits over five scoreless innings to notch his second win of the season.

Game Two

In game two of the doubleheader, Miami scored the first four runs of the game and the last seven to beat the Penguins 11-1.

Nasonti and Gasser both had a pair of hits at the top of the lineup, but the only other Penguin hit was a leadoff single by Steven D'Eusanio in the top of the ninth.

Williams was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a pair of walks, and Vogelgesang scored three times to lead the RedHawks.

Miami started the third inning with three straight hits off YSU starter Chad Coles, and the third hit was a two-run double by Charlie Harrigan that accounted for the game's first runs. After Vogelgesang drew a one-out walk, Williams followed with a two-run triple to right-center to put the RedHawks ahead 4-0.

The Penguins cut into the lead when Nasonti and Glasser tripled in consecutive at bats with two outs in the fifth, but the momentum shifted back to the home team as Miami answered with four runs on just two hits in the bottom of the inning to go up 8-1.

Miami added two runs in the sixth and another in the eighth for the final score.

Coles was charged with four runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of work, and the four runs in the fifth were charged to Jon Snyder. Bailey Martin allowed one run on three hits while walking four batters over five innings in his third win of the season for the RedHawks.