Penguins stay alive in Horizon League
The third-seeded YSU softball team lost its Horizon League tournament opener to IUPUI, but then beat Northern Kentucky to stave off elimination Wednesday.
The Penguins scored three runs in the fifth in a 4-2 win over the Norse. YSU (25-25) will play at 6 p.m. today against an opponent yet to be determined.
Junior Lexi Zappitelli went 2 for 3 with a run scored and drove in another to lead the Penguins.
Freshman Elle Buffenbarger picked up her 10th win of the season and struck out five in five innings. She becomes the third straight YSU freshman pitcher to post at least 10 victories in a season.
The Penguins jumped out to a 5-0 lead against IUPUI, but the Jaguars used two four-run innings to defeat the Penguins 8-6 in a first-round game earlier Wednesday.
The Penguins scored four in the bottom of the first inning on a wild pitch, a run-scoring single by Elizabeth Birkbeck and a two-run home run by senior Stevie Taylor. Yazmine Romero and Lexi Zappitelli each walked to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt by Maddi Lusk, Romero scored on a wild pitch and Birkbeck singled and moved to second on an error and Zappitelli scored to put YSU up 2-0. Taylor then belted a two-out, two-run home run over the left-center field fence to give the Penguins a 4-0 cushion.
YSU added a run in the bottom of the second, Romero’s infield single plated senior Lexi Roach, who walked, advanced to second on a wild pitched moved to third on a ground out by Nikki Saibene.
The Jaguars added four runs in the top of the fourth and four more in the top of the seventh to take an 8-5 lead.
From the bottom of the third through the bottom of the sixth, IUPUI starter Megan Overton retired 12 of the 13 batters she faced.
Penguins rally to beat Bobcats in 8 innings
The YSU baseball team trailed 9-8 heading into the eighth inning, but rallied to score the final two runs of the game and earn a 10-9 win over Ohio at Bob Wren Stadium on Wednesday night.
Trey Bridis’ one-out solo home run in the top of the eighth inning tied the game and Nick LaBrasca’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth allowed Blaze Glenn to score the winning run. With the win, YSU improved to 5-1 against opponents from the Mid-American Conference this season.
The Penguins scored six runs over the first three frames and led 6-1 through three and a half innings. The Bobcats battled back to tie the game with a five-run third inning and eventually took the lead before the Penguins’ late game heroics.
Lucas Nasonti paced the Penguins on offense, going 3 for 5 with a two singles, a double and three runs scored. LaBrasca recorded a team-best three RBIs while both Bridis and Jeff Wehler homered in the contest.
Chad Coles earned the win for the Penguins after retiring all six batters he faced over the final two innings. Kenny Ogg, one of nine pitchers used by the Bobcats, suffered the loss after allowing the go-ahead run in the ninth.
YSU visits Northern Kentucky this weekend. Game 1 at the Bill Aker Baseball Complex is at 3 p.m. Friday.