Penguins advance to conference title game
West Lafayette, Ind.
The Youngstown State women’s tennis team advanced to the Horizon League Championship match for the sixth consecutive year with a 4-2 win over Cleveland State in the semifinals on Saturday at the indoor courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center at Purdue.
The Penguins, who have won the event four straight times, advance to take on fellow co-regular-season champion UIC in the finals on today. First serve for the contest is set for 10 a.m. YSU and UIC last met in the title match in 2013.
To earn the chance to take on the Flames, the Penguins had to knock off the Vikings (12-13).
YSU (15-10) opened the match by taking the key doubles point.
At No. 2, Noelly Longi Nsimba and Imaan Hassim claimed a 6-1 win over CSU’s Gaby Schoenberg and Jana Schober. With the Penguins trailing 5-4 at No. 3, the No. 1 pairing of Tamara Teufl and Sofia Macias picked up a 6-2 triumph to defeat Isabella Spindler and Ola Golawska.
All six singles matches saw back-and-forth contests, but the Penguins’ ultimately earned the win as Teufl, Nsimba and Macias all earned wins.
Raiders win after early lead, costly error
The Youngstown State baseball team fell 10-3 in game two of three-game series against Wright State on Saturday afternoon at Eastwood Field.
Jeff Wehler went 3-for-5 with three singles to pace the Penguins on offense while Drew Dickerson added two singles and an RBI. Web Charles recorded two hits in the contest as well.
After a leadoff error, Wright State proceeded to score four unearned runs in the top of the first inning to take an early 4-0 lead. Derek Hendrixson was awarded the victory after allowing just two hits over four scoreless innings of work. Collin Floyd took the loss for Youngstown State after giving up five runs, only one of them earned, and striking out seven over five innings.
The Penguins and Raiders will conclude their series today. First pitch at Eastwood Field is slated for 1 p.m. YSU will celebrate four seniors prior to the game on the annual senior day.
YSU splits with Phoenix on senior day
The Youngstown State softball team hit five home runs, including four in game one, to earn a doubleheader split against Green Bay on Saturday afternoon. The Penguins won the opener, 9-2, but fell 3-2 in game two.
In the opener, the Penguins belted four home runs. Paige Geanangel gave up two unearned run in the top of the fifth inning and only Green Bay’s (14-7, 7-11 HL) Chyanne Onstad recorded hits off her in the two-hit outing.
Freshman Nikki Saibene, who went 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs, broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-out, two-run home run to left-center field.
Senior Carey Smith, who entered the game as pinch-runner and scored on Saibene’s first home run, collected her first career hit - a two-run home run to center field, and put YSU up 7-2.
In the nightcap, senior Stevie Taylor belted a two-run home run to left field to put the Penguins up 2-1.
Green Bay though scored two runs in the top of the seventh on Onstad’s two-out, two-run double down the right-field line.
Freshman Elle Buffenbarger struck out a career-high nine and allowed just four hits.
Penguins fall in conference semifinals
West Lafayette, Ind.
The Youngstown State men’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to Cleveland State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tennis Championships at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
The doubles point was a tough one for the Penguins (12-11). YSU’s Matthew Kritzinger and Bassem El Mekawi picked up a 6-3 win at No. 3 and at one point, YSU led 5-1 at No. 1. However, Cleveland State’s rallied for a 7-5 win at No. 1. In singles play, three of the matches went three sets and the Vikings (16-10) won two of them.
CSU’s first victory came at No. 3 as Luke Phillips beat Vasilis Vardakis 6-4, 6-4. YSU’s Danylo Veremeichuk battled with CSU’s Nico Mostardi at No. 1. Mostardi won the first set 6-1, but Veremeichuk won 7-6 (5) in a second-set tiebreaker. In the third set, Mostardi won 6-3.
The clinching win came moments later as Matthew Terrry beat Joao Garretto 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.