YSU falls in tournament opener

Bloomington, Ind.- The Youngstown State baseball team dropped a 10-2 decision to No. 4 national seed Indiana on a warm Friday evening at Bart Kaufman Field in the opening round of the Bloomington Regional.

Indiana scored three runs in three different innings – the first, third and fifth – while the Guins picked up single runs in the second and sixth innings. The Hoosiers, who have won 31 of their last 34 games, added a lone run in the bottom of the sixth.

Youngstown State will now play an elimination game against second-seeded Indiana State on Saturday at 2 p.m. while Indiana will advance to play Stanford in the winners bracket at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Stanford beat Indiana State 8-1 in Friday’s early game. The Guins will be the home team in the contest.

The Hoosiers scored five of their runs on home runs by Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis and finished the game with 15 hits. Youngstown State (16-37) had hits in seven innings and had base runners in the final eight frames but couldn’t string enough hits together to keep up with the Hoosiers (43-13). YSU left 11 runners on base to IU’s 10.

Indiana scored six of its runs off Penguins starter Jared Wight (1-3) and gave its starter, Scott Effross (5-2), plenty of early run support. Effross, making his first career start, surrendered one run on three hits in four innings to earn his fifth victory of the season. Evan Bell allowed one run over the next 3.2 innings as Indiana started to pull away.

Schwarber finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs, and Dustin DeMuth added three hits for the Hoosiers. Josh White and Kevin Hix had two hits apiece for the Penguins and each drove in a run.

Wight caught a tough break in the first inning that led to three Indiana runs. With two outs and runners on first and second, the sophomore left hander allowed a two-run double to DeMuth that dropped between three fielders in right center. Brad Hartong then plated DeMuth with a double just inside the bag in third to put the Hoosiers up 3-0.

Youngstown State got a run back in the top of the second inning when David Saluga drew a four-pitch walk and scored on White’s triple to right center. Effross followed with a big strikeout of Hix on a high fastball, and he got Shane Willoughby to pop out to end the inning with allowing just the one run.

The first two pitches of the bottom of the third resulted in a triple by Schwarber and a two-run homer by Travis as Indiana built a 5-1 lead. Indiana then loaded the bases on back-to-back singles and a one-out hit batsman off Wight before Jeremy Quinlan came on in relief. The freshman righty got a fly out for the second out, but he walked Tim O’Conner on an eight-pitch at bat to force in another run.

Indiana added three more runs, all of which were unearned in the fifth, to go up 9-1. Nick Ramos hit a one-out single to right, and O’Conner reached on an error by Willoughby as the shortstop tried to hurry with Ramos running on the pitch. Casey Rodrigue then beat out a double play ball to extend the inning, and Schwarber capitalized by hitting a three-run homer to right center.

The Penguins’ second run came in the top of the sixth when Brent Gillespie walked and scored on Hix’s two-out single. Saluga also had a single in the inning that moved Gillespie into scoring position.

Quinlan pitched 1.2 innings, while Anthony Konders, Alex Frey, Robert Switka and Josh North closed out the contest throwing one inning each. North, Switka, Frey and Quinlan each had one strikeout in their NCAA debuts.


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