Penguins Make Major Comeback, But Fall 16-15 at Penn State

Dylan Swarmer (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Dylan Swarmer (Photo by Rob Hayes)

University Park, Pa. – The Youngstown State baseball team battled back to erase an eight-run deficit by scoring 12 runs over a five-inning stretch, but ultimately fell 16-15 to Penn State in a wild contest on Tuesday evening from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

The Penguins, who fell behind 11-3 in the third inning, carried a 15-13 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Nittany Lions got their first two hitters aboard as Conlin Hughes singled and Gavin Homer walked. Jordan Bowersox followed with an RBI double, and Homer scored on a wild pitch to tie it. With one out, Ryan's Ford sacrifice fly to deep left field plated Bowersox from third to give Penn State the walk-off win.

Penn State improved to 17-11 with the victory while Youngstown State dropped to 7-25.

YSU scored three times in the top of the second inning to grab an early lead before PSU countered with 10 runs in the bottom half. The Nittany Lions added another run in the third to build an eight-run advantage, but the Penguins scored the next 10 runs of the game to recapture a 13-11 lead in the seventh. After Penn State evened the score with a pair of runs in the seventh, Youngstown State answered with two of its own in the eighth to carry a two-run lead into the ninth.

The high-scoring affair featured 31 runs and 30 hits while lasting nearly four hours. YSU's 15 runs and 17 hits were each season highs, and nine different Penguins had at least one hit. Dylan Swarmer went 5-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. The freshman catcher became the first Penguin since Drew Dosch in 2012 to record five hits in a game. Swarmer's five hits were a career high and just one shy of the school record.

Drew Dickerson had three hits including a pair of RBI triples while Phillip Glasser drove in three runs and scored three times. Dickerson tied the school record with his two triples, and became the first Penguin since Rob Armstrong in 1988 to triple twice in the same contest. Blaze Glenn collected two hits, an RBI and three stolen bases. Grant Kersh helped facilitate YSU's comeback by tossing 4.1 solid innings out of the bullpen. The freshman right-hander allowed three runs on four hits and struck out four while facing the minimum in the fourth and sixth frames.

For Penn State, Bowersox was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored, Parker Hendershot had a game-high four RBIs and Justin Williams hit a three-run home run. Eight different Nittany Lions registered at least one hit.

YSU scored three runs with two outs and capitalized on a pair of errors in the top of the second inning. Swarmer delivered a two-out RBI single, and both he and Web Charles scored on miscues to produdce the Penguins' early edge. The Nittany Lions wasted no time in responding as they scored 10 runs on five hits and sent 13 batters to plate in the home half of the second inning. Bowersox had an RBI single and Hendershot hit a bases-clearing triple to put Penn State on top 5-3. Ford's second single of the inning plated two more runs, and Williams' three-run homer extended the lead to 10-3.

Ryan Sloniger's RBI double in bottom of the third gave Penn State its 11th run before the Penguins cut into the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth. Trevor Wiersma drew a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI triple by Dickerson, who then raced home on an RBI double by Swarmer. Youngstown State crept even closer in the top of the fifth when Glasser reached on a one-out walk and scored on an RBI single by Jeff Wehler to reduce the PSU advantage to 11-6.

After chipping away over the previous two innings, the Penguins plated five runs on six hits and sent 10 hitters to the dish in the top of the sixth to even the score at 11-11. Dickerson, Glenn and Zach Farrar each had RBI singles as part of the rally, and Glasser drove in two runs with a triple down the right-field line. YSU's offensive onslaught continued in the seventh as Glasser singled home a run and scored on an error to give the Penguins their 10th unanswered run and a 13-11 lead.

After being blanked over three straight at bats, Penn State got back on the board with two runs in the seventh inning and the contest was tied once again. However, the Penguins got two runners home in the top of eighth to score for the fifth consecutive inning and take their third lead of the night. Dickerson delivered his second RBI triple of the evening, and Charles brought him home with a base hit to put YSU ahead 15-13.

Kip DeShields suffered the loss after being charged with the deciding three runs in the bottom of the ninth. YSU starter Jon Snyder was responsible for eight runs on four hits and four walks over 1.2 innings while Brandon Matthews surrendered a pair of runs over a third of an inning.

Penn State starter Tyler Shingledecker allowed six runs, three of them earned, on five hits and fanned eight over 4.1 innings. Kyle Virbitsky picked up the victory after tossing a scoreless top of the ninth.

The Penguins will host Toledo tomorrow evening for another non-conference contest. First pitch at Eastwood Field is scheduled for 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast live at YSNLive.com.