The Youngstown State baseball team overcame a pair of four-run deficits but ultimately fell 9-7 to Wright State in the series finale with the Raiders on Sunday at Eastwood Field.
The Penguins fell behind 4-0 after a first-inning grand slam, and they trailed by four again at 6-2 after the top of the fourth. YSU scored three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead, but Wright State scored the final three runs of the ballgame to win 9-7.
Youngstown State had the winning run at the plate after a pair of one-out walks in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Tristan Haught came in to get consecutive fly outs to preserve the win for Wright State. The Raiders won the series 2-1 and remained atop the Horizon League standings with a 34-14 overall mark and a 16-8 ledger in conference play. YSU dropped to 12-34 overall and 6-15 in league play.
Chase Slone hit a pair of homers, Zach Weatherford hit the grand slam in the first inning, and Damon Dues had three hits to lead the Raiders.
YSU starting pitcher Marco DeFalco walked the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the first, and Weatherford made him pay by hitting a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left for a grand slam that gave Wright State an early 4-0 lead.
Glenn answered Weatherford's home run with his own blast in the bottom of the second. Glasser reached on a one-out infield single, and Glenn followed by putting a charge into a pitch from Zane Collins to cut the deficit in half. Glenn became just the second player in school history to hit at least nine home runs in two different seasons, joining YSU's career home run king Andrew Kendrick.
Slone's first home run of the contest gave Wright State a 5-2 lead in the third inning, and the Raiders went ahead by four in the fourth when JD Orr singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Black.
The Penguins started their comeback bid in the bottom of the fourth when they scored three runs on three hits to knock Collins from the game. With runners on first and second, Cameron Murray hit a one-out single to right to plate Trevor Wiersma. Dylan Swarmer then continued his big weekend with a double to left field that brought in Drew Dickerson and Murray to make the score 6-5.
YSU then took its only lead of the contest in the bottom of the fifth with two runs on three more hits. Glasser led off with a single, and Wehler's one-out single put two runners on. Wiersma singled to right to score Glasser and move Wehler to third, and Dickerson brought in Wehler for the go-ahead run on an RBI ground out.
Wiersma's single in the fifth ended up being YSU's final hit of the contest, and Wright State's last three pitchers combined to limit the Penguins to just four walks over the final four innings.
Wright State tied the score in the sixth inning when Dues hit a leadoff triple and scored on Peyton Burdick's RBI double, and they reclaimed the lead at 8-7 on Slone's solo homer in the seventh. Dues singled and scored on Seth Gray's sacrifice fly in the eighth for an insurance run.
Tyler Luneke earned the win for the Raiders by blanking the Penguins over the sixth through eighth innings. Jake Schrand got the first out before walking Glasser and Glenn in the bottom of the ninth, and Haught retired the final two Penguin hitters to earn his first save.
DeFalco was charged with four runs in one inning of work, and Brandon Matthews allowed two runs while pitching the second through fourth innings for the Penguins. Gary Clift Jr. pitched a scoreless fifth, and Zach Lopatka allowed the three single tallies in the sixth through eighth innings. Chad Coles retired the Raiders in order in the ninth.
The Penguins scored five runs on five hits and three walks on Collins, and their other two runs came in 1.2 innings off Sam Wirsing.
Youngstown State will focus on final exams and projects the next four days before heading to Chicago for its final road games of the regular season. Game one of the series at UIC will be Friday at 7:35 p.m. Eastern.