Kendrick’s milestone HR leads YSU over BGSU
Andrew Kendrick tied the school record for career home runs, and the Youngstown State baseball team had a pair of three-run innings to beat Bowling Green 9-6 on Tuesday afternoon at Steller Field.
Kendrick’s 27th career home run tied Erich Diedrich’s mark set in 2008. Kendrick’s homer tied the game at 1 in the top of the second inning. Kendrick later scored the go-ahead run in YSU’s three-run fourth, and the Penguins went on to win for the eighth time in the last 11 games.
Kendrick finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, and Trey Bridis and Drew Dickerson joined him with two hits. Blaze Glenn also homered for the third time in as many games.
Bowling Green outhit YSU 14-10, but its pitching staff issued 11 walks and beaned two others. Derek Drewes paced the Falcons with three hits.
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead on Randy Righter’s RBI double.
Drewes hit an RBI single in the bottom of the third to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead.
The Penguins scored three runs in the top of the fourth to go up 4-2, and Cody Dennis delivered the go-ahead hit.
YSU added three more runs in the sixth. Dennis walked and scored on a Bridis double, and Bridis scored the Penguins’ on a double steal with Lucas Nasonti. Jeff Wehler’s sacrifice fly then brought in Nasonti for a 7-2 lead.
Bowling Green shaved two runs off the deficit on Joe McGuinness’ pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh, but Glenn’s solo blast and Nick Labrasca’s RBI single in the eighth made the score 9-4.
Ursuline graduate Joel Hake allowed two runs in the ninth. Hake earned his third save of the season after 1 2/3 innings of work.
YSU starter Zach allowed two runs, one earned in four innings. Alex Bellardini was awarded the win after pitching a scoreless fifth.