Penguins Drop Pitcher's Duel 2-1 in Series Finale at NKU

Jon Snyder (Photo by Ken Lanese)
Jon Snyder (Photo by Ken Lanese)

Highland Heights, Ky. - Jon Snyder tossed four innings of no-hit baseball to lead a great pitching effort, but the Youngstown State baseball team came up short in a 2-1 loss to Northern Kentucky on Sunday at the Bill Aker Baseball Complex.

The contest featured just seven hits between the two teams as both got tremendous efforts from their respective pitching staffs. Four Penguins pitchers combined to limit the Norse to two runs on just four hits, but a two-run eighth was enough to lift NKU to the series sweep in the opening Horizon League series for both teams.

Dalton Earich, Snyder and Brandon Matthews held the Norse scoreless on just two hits over the first seven innings of play. The game was scoreless until YSU scored a run in the top of the fifth inning, and the score remained 1-0 until Northern Kentucky plated the deciding runs in the eighth. The four hits allowed by YSU were the fewest by an opponent this season and the two runs matched a season low.

Earich started the game and pitched a scoreless first inning before Snyder came on to begin the second. The freshman right-hander did now allow a hit and struck four over a career-high four innings of work. He retired the first seven batters he faced and 12 of 14 overall while striking out the side in the third. Matthews took over in the sixth and dispatched the first six batters he faced before surrendering two runs on two hits and two walks in the eighth.

Offensively, Youngstown State mustered just three hits as Phillip Glasser, Jeff Wehler and Trevor Wiersma each singled. Glasser also walked, stole a base and scored YSU's only run. The Penguins drew seven walks and stole four bases, but left 12 runners on base. After stealing a season-high five bases on Saturday, YSU has now swiped at least two bags in four straight games.

The Norse got their first three batters aboard in the bottom of the first inning, but Earich struck out Griffin Doersching and got Noah Fisher to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the bases-loaded jam. Glasser hit a one-out single in the top of the fifth before Wehler and Wiersma reached on back-to-back NKU errors. The second error allowed Glasser to race home for the first run of the game.

The Penguins protected a 1-0 lead until Collin Luty led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run to left field that tied the game. Billy Marion followed with a single and Sam Hedges walked, and both advanced 90 feet on a fly out. Will Haueter was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Doersching was hit by a pitch to bring in the go-ahead run. After Matthews departed, Brett Souder entered with the bases loaded and one out, and got Fisher to pop into a 4-2 double play to avoid further damage.

Wehler drew a two-out walk in the ninth to put the tying run aboard, but NKU reliever Cameron Ross got Wiersma to groundout at first base to end the game. Ross did not allow a hit over two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of the season. Noah Richardson also held YSU without a hit while striking out four in two innings of work. NKU starter Kyle Arganbright permitted one run on just three hits and also fanned four over five innings.

The Penguins will play a non-conference contest at West Virginia on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET before hosting Oakland in their home opener at Eastwood Field on Friday at 5 p.m.