Mequon, Wis. - Blaze Glenn hit a pair of two-run home runs in game two, but the Youngstown State baseball team fell twice in a doubleheader against Milwaukee on Saturday at Kapco Park.
The Panthers took game one 22-2 before outlasting the Penguins for an 8-5 win in the series finale. Milwaukee improved to 19-13 overall and 8-6 in Horizon League play while YSU fell to 8-27 and 4-11.
Game 1 | PDF Box Score
Milwaukee plated the first 13 runs of the contest on its way to a 22-2 win in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. The Panthers scored twice in the first inning and twice in the third before blowing the game open with a nine-run fourth.
YSU scored both of its runs and had four of its seven hits in the top of the fifth inning. Trevor Wiersma hit a leadoff single, and Zach Lopatka hit a one-out double down the right-field line. Web Charles and Lucas Nasonti each recorded RBI singles later in the inning to plate Wiersma and Lopatka.
Milwaukee answered with a run in the home half of the fifth before plating three in the sixth and five in the seventh to produce the final tally. The Panthers amassed 23 hits in the contest, and 11 different players had at least one. Trevor Schwecke and Jack Thelen led the UWM offense with four hits apiece, and Thelen drove in six runs.
Lopatka and Wiersma each had two hits to pace the Penguins, and Charles, Glasser and Nasonti notched base hits.
Milwaukee starter Jared Reklaitis surrendered two runs on five hits and struck out six batters over 7.1 innings for his fourth win of the season. YSU starter Gary Clift Jr. was charged with the loss after allowing two unearned runs on two hits over a third of an inning.
Game 2 | PDF Box Score
Youngstown State scored the first three runs of game two and held the lead in four different innings, but ultimately fell 8-5 as Milwaukee secured the series sweep.
Glenn's first two-run homer of the contest in the top of the first inning put the Penguins ahead early. YSU added another run in the top of the third before the Panthers evened the score with three runs of their own in the home half.
The Penguins went back in front in the fifth when Glenn hit another two-run blast. However, Milwaukee countered again with two runs in the bottom half to tie the contest 5-5. The Panthers then plated three runs on five hits in the bottom of the seventh to grab the lead for good. Milwaukee relievers Alex McIntosh and Jake Sommers blanked YSU over the final four innings of play.
Nasonti led YSU with three hits while Glasser, Glenn and Lopatka each had two. Glenn drove in four of his team's five runs with his sixth and seventh dingers of the season.
Schwecke went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and was a home run shy of the cycle to pace the Panthers. Devin Rybacki had two hits, and Zach Nogalski also drove in a pair of runs.
Glenn's first homer in the top of the first came after Nasonti singled to begin the game. Nasonti hit another leadoff base hit in the top of the third, and Glasser followed with another single. After Glenn walked, Nasonti was able to score when Wiersma grounded into a double play to put YSU ahead 3-0.
Milwaukee's three-run third included a two-run triple by Schwecke and a sacrifice fly by Joe Vyskocil. After a one-out single from Glasser in the top of the fifth, Glenn sent his third four-bagger in two days over the wall left field to give the Penguins a 5-3 edge.
The Panthers loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff single and two one-out walks. One run scored on a fielder's choice and another on a wild pitch to produce the second tie of the contest. An RBI single by Thelen and a two-run single from Nogalski plated the deciding runs for Milwaukee in the bottom of the seventh.
UWM starter Mike Edwards permitted five runs on seven hits over five innings in a no decision. Sommers picked up the victory after giving up just one hit and fanning four over 2.2 scoreless innings.
YSU starter Marco DeFalco was responsible for five runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work. Chad Coles took the loss after allowing three runs in the seventh, and Kip DeShields tossed 1.2 scoreless innings.
The Penguins will look to bounce back in a non-conference contest at Pittsburgh on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET.