YSU baseball falls
The Youngstown State baseball team got seven strong innings from starter Blake Aquadro and had the go-ahead run on in the ninth inning but dropped a 3-1 contest to Charlotte on Saturday.
Aquadro allowed just three unearned runs in the fourth inning, and Erik Okleson pitched a scoreless eighth.
Drew Dosch led off the ninth with a double, and Kris Moules followed with an infield single.
Hunter May retired the next two batters, and left-hander Sean Geoghegan came in and walked left-handed hitter Phil Lipari to load the bases.
Wes Hatley and walked Dan Popio to force in a run, but Nick DiNello grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Bob Burke, director of Youngstown Park and Recreation, will be the guest speaker at the Curbstone Coaches meeting.
The group will meet at the Blue Wolfe Catering Hall Monday at noon.
Quality Inn Qualifier won by Zarbaugh
Chuck Zarbaugh, Matt Clemens, James Cheff and Bob Eckenrode finished in the top four of the Quality Inn Qualifier to earn paid entries into the PBA Hubbard Open, March 15-17, at Bell-Wick Bowl.
The qualifier — a four-game format that awarded four spots based on 22 entries — was held at Bell-Wick on Saturday.
Others in the top 10 were: No 5 Aaron Gall, No. 6 Robert Harvischak, No. 7 Nick Evans, No. 8 Brett Spangler, No. 9 Matt Mikula and No. 10 John Dohar.
Zarbaugh also won a night’s stay and dinner for two from Quality Inn.
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Vyjack grabs the Big A’s Gotham Stakes
Vyjack remained unbeaten on his way to the Kentucky Derby, rallying for a 21/4 length victory in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct.
The gelding trained by Rudy Rodriguez is now 4 for 4, all at Aqueduct. The Gotham victory was worth 50 qualifying points for the Derby.
Joel Rosario was aboard as the 2-1 second choice ran the 1 1-16 miles in 1:44.09, paying $6.40 to win.
West Hills Giant set the pace at 33-1 and held on for second with Elnaawi third.
Clark captures 6th US Open halfpipe title
Kelly Clark has won her sixth halfpipe title at the U.S. Open snowboarding championships on Saturday, the most in the history of the competition.
Clark’s electric opening run earned a score of 84.45 points and she edged Hannah Teter by 2.32. Arielle Gold, an up-and-coming 16-year-old from Steamboat Springs, Colo., finished third.
The last rider of the competition, Clark had the win locked up, but didn’t hold back. She was in the middle of a thrilling run when she wiped out. Hardly missing a beat, she entertained the crowd with a few more tricks before gliding to a stop at the finish.
Jacob, Gulini take snowboardcross titles
PARK CITY, Utah
Trevor Jacob passed Hagen Kearney on the final jump Saturday to claim the national snowboardcross title at Canyons Resort.
It was only the third career race for 19-year-old Jacob, who trains with the U.S. team but is not yet a member.
Alex Tuttle took third and Chelone Miller, younger brother of Olympic ski champion Bode Miller, was fourth. Salt Lake City’s Faye Gulini led from start to finish in winning the U.S. women’s title.
Vindicator staff/wire reports