Penguins Can’t Cool Milwaukee Bats in Series-Opening Loss

Trevor Wiersma (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Trevor Wiersma (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Mequon, Wis. -- Milwaukee scored seven runs in the fourth inning to seize control and beat the Youngstown State baseball team 18-6 on a cold and windy Friday evening at Kapco Park.

The Penguins held early leads of 1-0 and 4-2 before the Panthers scored 10 runs over the third and fourth innings.

Lucas Nasonti went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Trevor Wiersma singled, doubled, walked and scored twice to lead the Penguins offensively. Blaze Glenn, the reigning Horizon League Batter of the Week, hit a solo home run in the first inning and walked twice.

Mike Ferri and Joe Vyskocil both had four hits for Milwaukee, which scored in seven of its eight innings and posted 20 hits.

Glenn's solo home run with two outs in the top of the first inning gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Vyskocil hit a two-run double with one out in the bottom of the inning to put Milwaukee ahead, but Wiersma doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Drew Dickerson to tie the score in the top of the second.

YSU starter Colin Clark allowed just an infield single in a scoreless bottom of the second, and Youngstown State took a 4-2 lead after a pair of runs in the third. Nasonti led off with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Cameron Murray's RBI double. Wiersma then plated Murray with a two-out single to right.

Vyskocil drove in a run and scored in the bottom of the third to tie the score at 4-4, and the first of three Penguins' errors in the game allowed Milwaukee to get another run across to go up 5-4. After the throwing error by Phillip Glasser allowed Colin Kreiter to score, Clark induced a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

The Penguins were held scoreless for the first time in the top of the fourth, and the first seven Panthers reached in the bottom half as part of a seven-run inning for the home team that made the score 12-4. Milwaukee scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend its scoring spurt to 12 straight runs and its lead to 14-4.

Nasonti singled in Web Charles with two outs in the sixth inning, and Dickerson singled home Wiersma with two outs in the seventh for the Penguins' final two runs. Milwaukee added two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and another in the eighth.

Clark was charged with 12 runs, eight of which were earned, on 14 hits over 3.2 innings. Brandon Matthews, Grant Kersh and Aaron Williams followed him in relief. Williams' battery mate in the eighth inning was John Ritter, who made his collegiate debut.

Milwaukee starter Matt Vanek labored through 5.1 innings as he allowed five runs on five hits and five walks to improve his record to 5-1 this season. Elijah Goodman recorded the final 11 outs for Milwaukee and held the Penguins to one run over the final 3.2 innings.

The Penguins and Panthers will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern.