Penguins End Season in Opening Round of League Tournament

Trevor Wiersma (Photo by Drae Smith)
Trevor Wiersma (Photo by Drae Smith)

The Youngstown State baseball team's 2019 season came to a close in the opening round of the Horizon League Baseball Championship on Wednesday with a 12-3 loss to Milwaukee at Nischwitz Stadium.

The sixth-seeded Penguins conclude the season with a 13-41 record while the third-seeded Panthers advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament against UIC.

Youngstown State had two close plays go against it in the first inning and trailed 3-0 as a result. The early deficit increased to 7-0 after the third, and Milwaukee widened the gap to 12-1 through four innings. The Penguins added a run in the sixth and eighth innings for the final result.

YSU's three seniors in the lineup combined for five of the team's nine hits in their final game. Trevor Wiersma doubled and homered to go along with two runs and two RBIs, Drew Dickerson also had two hits, and Web Charles singled in his last at bat.

Tyler Bordner went 4-for-5 with a pair of triples and accounted for seven runs to lead Milwaukee.

The Penguins had runners in scoring position in seven of the nine innings, but they couldn't keep up with the Panthers.

After YSU stranded a pair of runners in the first inning, Milwaukee scored three times with two outs in the bottom of the first. Replay confirmed that UWM's Mike Ferri beat the tag on a bang-bang play at second that was nearly an inning-ending 3-6 double play, and the frame extended on a walk to Joe Vyskocil. Bordner then hit a tailing line drive to right field that went off the glove of a diving Charles, and the ball rolled to the wall for a two-run triple. Bordner later scored on a wild pitch to put the Panthers up 3-0.

The Penguins had a chance to cut into the margin in the second as Dylan Swarmer's double put runners at second and third with one out, but Jared Reklaitis struck out Charles and got Lucas Nasonti to ground out to end the threat.

In the third, Phillip Glasser singled and got to second with one out, but he was thrown out trying to steal third to end the inning. Vyskocil led off the bottom half with a home run, and the Panthers went on to score three more runs in the stanza to go up 7-0. Matt Quartel delivered the big blow in the inning on a double with the bases loaded that resulted in two RBIs and another run on an error.

Wiersma hit a leadoff double in the fourth, and Dickerson followed with an RBI single to make the score 7-1. A double play hurt YSU's chance to build momentum, and the Panthers scored five runs in the bottom of the inning on another two-run triple by Bordner and a three-run homer by Jack Kraus.

Milwaukee managed just one hit over five innings off of YSU's final four relievers, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Wiersma homered over the right-field foul pole in the sixth, and he drove in Glenn on an RBI ground out in the eighth for the game's final run.

YSU starter Jon Snyder suffered the loss, allowing three runs in the first inning and the first three Panther runs in the third. The other Milwaukee run, which was unearned, in the third came against Grant Kersh. All five Panther runs in the fourth came off Colin Clark, and Dalton Earich, Gary Clift Jr., Chad Coles and Kip DeShields each had scoreless outings.

Reklaitis allowed one run on five hits through five innings and was lifted after throwing 79 pitches. YSU's other two runs came off four Milwaukee relievers that each pitched one inning.