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Kendrick sets YSU HR mark as Penguins lose

DAYTON

Senior infielder Andrew Kendrick became Youngstown State’s all-time home run leader as he hit the 28th homer of his career in the first game of a doubleheader at Wright State on Friday.

The Penguins dropped both games to fall two-and-a-half games behind the Raiders in the Horizon League standings.

The Penguins fell 18-4 in game one as the Raiders scored five runs in the bottom of the first and six in third to take control of the game.

Kendrick hit his record-setting home run over the wall in left field in the top of the second inning to give YSU its first run of the game. The senior eclipsed Eric Diedrich’s mark of 27 career home runs which had stood since 2008 and did it in just three seasons. Kendrick now has a team-high seven home runs this season. He set YSU’s single-season home run record with 17 last season.

WSU won the second game 3-2 despite another stellar pitching performance by Collin Floyd, who allowed just two runs on six hits and struck out eight in a no-decision.

YSU women capture Sand Ridge Shootout

Chardon

The Youngstown State women’s golf team earned its second victory of the season by winning the Sand Ridge Shootout at Sand Ridge Golf Club on Friday. The Penguins were led by Megan Creager and Katlyn Shutt, who each tied for first place individually.

YSU finished first as a team with a score of 305 on a beautiful afternoon in the greater Cleveland area. The Penguins were one of four teams competing in the one-day event and finished four strokes ahead of Cleveland State.

There was a three-way tie for medalist honors as Creager, Shutt and Nichole Cox of Bowling Green each shot 74 over 18 holes on the par-72 course.

YSU softball team splits with Niagara

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown State softball team split a doubleheader against Niagara dropping the opener 9-4 and winning the nightcap 3-2 Friday at the Covelli Sports Complex.

The Penguins improve to 16-20 overall while Niagara moves to 10-23 on the year.

In the nightcap, freshman Yazmine Romero went 3 for 4 to lead the Penguins’ 10-hit attack, and freshman Elle Buffenbarger tossed a complete game with seven strikeouts and allowed just one earned run.

The Purple Eagles cranked out 13 hits in the opener.

Eastern Gateway falls to Lakeland in twinbill

KIRTLAND

The Eastern Gateway baseball team dropped a doubleheader Friday to Lakeland Community College, 10-0 and 11-5, in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference action.

The Gators (8-5, 3-3) had just three hits in the opener with Dakota Bingham suffering the loss.

Doug Painter, Mark Herron and Ryan Luciano each had a hit for EGCC while Gators pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter, but issued 11 walks.

In the nightcap, the Gators laced 10 hits as Herron had two doubles, added two runs batted in and scored two runs while Luciano, Damien Coleman and Bingham each added RBIs.

Kyle Campbell suffered the loss as EGCC pitchers allowed eight more walks.

The Gators and Lakers will play a doubleheader beginning at 8:30 a.m. today in Kirtland.

Weather forces OSU to move up game today

COLUMBUS

Ohio State moved up its spring game to late morning Saturday in an effort to beat bad weather that already has led a handful of schools to cancel or reschedule the annual scrimmages.

The school moved up the game two hours to 11:45 a.m. to try to get it in before the worst of the rain and possible thunderstorms roll in. A lacrosse game scheduled for the morning in Ohio Stadium was moved to Friday night.

About 79,000 people are expected, which is the present capacity of the stadium because of construction projects.

From staff and wire reports

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