Penguins Fall 7-1 in Series Opener at Wright State

Cameron Murray (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Cameron Murray (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Dayton, Ohio —The Youngstown State baseball team fell 7-1 to Wright State in the opener of a three-game Horizon League series on Friday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.

The Raiders went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning before the Penguins tied it with a run in the second. Wright State then scored six runs over the third, fourth and fifth innings to pull away. 

The Raiders improved to 17-7 and 5-2 in Horizon League play while the Penguins dropped to 3-22 and 1-6.

Wright State starter Bear Bellomy earned the win after allowing one run on only three hits and striking out nine batters with just one walk over seven innings. The senior right-hander retired the first six batters he faced, and sat down the Penguins in order in five different frames. He retired 11 straight hitters at one point as YSU went without a hit between the fifth and eighth innings.

YSU's bullpen did a nice job keeping the deficit at six runs as three Penguins relievers blanked the Raiders over their final three at-bats. Dalton Earich, Chad Coles and Grant Kersh each worked a scoreless inning of relief.

Cameron Murray recorded a season-high two hits including an RBI single in second. Drew Dickerson and Lucas Nasonti each singled while Blaze Glenn hit his fifth double and stole his 10th base of the season. Dickerson scored a run and notched his seventh stolen base of the campaign.

JD Orr, Peyton Burdick and Zach Weatherford each had two hits to pace the Raiders. Orr tripled and drove in a pair of runs while Damon Dues walked twice, stole a base and score three runs.

Dues began the bottom of the first inning with a leadoff walk, moved to second on a groundout and advanced to third on a bloop single by Burdick. During the next at bat, YSU starter Colin Clark caught Burdick leaning at first base and he was thrown out at second. However, Dues alertly raced home during the action to give the Raiders an early 1-0 lead.

Dickerson hit a leadoff single to begin the third inning, stole second and went to third on a groundout by Dylan Swarmer. After Bellomy got Nasonti to pop out, Murray delivered a two-out RBI single to plate Dickerson and tie the game 1-1.

Clark retired the first two batters he faced in bottom of the third before issuing a walk to Dues. After Dues swiped second and moved to third on a balk, Orr hit a single up the middle that ricocheted off Clark's glove and into the outfield, allowing Dues to score and put Wright State back in front 2-1.

Glenn led off the top of the fourth inning with a double off the wall in left field. Wright State catcher Brandon Giltrow threw the ball into left field as Glenn swiped third, but Orr backed up the play in the outfield and threw out Glenn out at the plate in a bang-bang play to preserve the Raiders' one-run lead.

Wright State pushed its advantage to 4-1 with two runs on four base hits in home half of the fourth. Chase Slone and Justin McConnell each had RBI singles in the inning. Orr, Burdick and Weatherford each had run-scoring hits in the fifth inning as the Raiders' lead swelled to 7-1.

Clark suffered the loss after surrendering seven runs, five of them earned, on nine hits over five innings. Bellomy departed after walking the first batter he faced in the top of the eighth, and Mitch Gremling came on to record the final six outs.

The Penguins and Raiders will continue their three-game series on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. The start time of the contest was moved up from 2 p.m. after game one due to inclement weather in the afternoon forecast.

Due to the scheduling change, there will be no live broadcast of Saturday's game on ESPN+. Live stats will be available through links on YSUsports.com, and fans can also follow @YSUBaseball on Twitter for live updates.