Penguins Fall in Series Finale with Oakland on Sunday

Jeff Wehler (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Jeff Wehler (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State baseball team dropped a 8-0 decision to Oakland on Sunday in the finale of three-game Horizon League series at Eastwood Field.

The Golden Grizzlies improved to 2-18 and 2-4 in Horizon League play while the Penguins fell to 2-20 and 1-5. After YSU took the series opener on Saturday, Oakland won the final two games of the weekend to pick up the series win.

Oakland starter Beau Keathley tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out 13 over nine scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season. The sophomore right-hander faced the minimum in the fourth, fifth and six innings during a stretch where he retired 14 straight batters.

The Golden Grizzlies out-hit the Penguins 12-3 as Mike McGee and Matt Dileo each had three to pace Oakland on offense. Drew Demumbrum and Myles Zilinsky each homered, and Demumbrum drove in three runs.

Jeff Wehler had two singles and Trevor Wiersma also had a base hit for Youngstown State. Keathley held YSU without a hit between the third and eighth innings as the Penguins' third hit did not come until the bottom of the ninth.

The first run of the game came in the top of the second inning on a one-out solo home run to right center by Ryan Fitzgerald that put Oakland ahead 1-0.

The Penguins got their first two runners aboard in the home half of the second as Wiersma singled and Blaze Glenn walked. However, Keathley struck out the next two batters, and Wiersma was thrown out trying to steal third on the second punch out to get the Golden Grizzlies out of the jam.

Oakland added another run in the top of the third as Mario Camilletti reached on a one-out walk, and advanced to third on single by Dileo. Demumbrum then drove home Camilletti with a groundout to push the lead to 2-0.

YSU got its first two hitters on base again the third when Dylan Swarmer was hit by a pitch and Zach Lopatka walked. Phillip Glasser moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt, but Lucas Nasonti struck out and Wehler grounded out.

The Golden Grizzlies extended their advantage with three runs on two home runs in the top of the fifth. Zilinsky led off with a solo shot to right field, and Demumbrum hit a two-out, two-run blast to right center later in the inning to make it 5-0. Oakland scored two runs on three hits in the top of the sixth to increase its edge to seven, and an RBI single from Dileo in the eighth produced the final margin.

YSU starter Chad Coles suffered the loss after permitting two runs on four hits and fanning four over three innings of work. Jon Snyder surrendered a pair of runs on four hits in three innings out the bullpen. Kip DeShields was responsible for one run on two hits over two frames, and Grant Kersh worked a scoreless ninth. Penguins pitchers combined to record 10 strikeouts in the contest.

Youngstown State will return to action Tuesday with a non-conference contest at Bowling Green. First pitch at Steller Field is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.