YSU baseball earns first victory


Niles’ DeFalco earns a save; Champion’s Nasonti scores

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PITTSBURGH

Four different Penguins drove in a run and the Youngstown State baseball team got its first win of the season with a 4-2 victory against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

YSU (1-14) earned its second win over a team from the ACC in the last three years, and it beat the Panthers for the first time since the 2014 season.

Youngstown State scored the first four runs of the game, and freshman pitchers Brandon Matthews, Brett Souder and Niles graduate Marco DeFalco combined to hold Pitt to one run on six hits over seven innings out of the bullpen.

Offensively, Drew Dickerson went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, and he scored and drove in a run. Champion grad Lucas Nasonti, Trevor Wiersma and Dylan Swarmer also had an RBI, and seven different Penguins had a hit. Five of YSU’s nine hits went for extra bases, and YSU limited Pitt to seven singles.

The Penguins scored all four of their runs in the first three innings, and Matthews was able to keep them ahead.

Youngstown State jumped on the Panthers with three runs in the second inning on three consecutive hits and a squeeze play to take a 3-0 lead. Web Charles scored the game’s first run when he hit a one-out single, stole second and raced home on Dickerson’s double to right. Swarmer then brought in Dickerson on a triple off the wall in left center, and Swarmer scored two batters later on Lucas Nasonti’s sacrifice bunt.

The Penguins added a run in the top of the third as Blaze Glenn singled and scored on Trevor Wiersma’s double. Glenn made a great slide to avoid the tag at the plate to put YSU ahead 4-1.

Matthews came on to start the third inning, and he held Pitt to one run on three hits and one walk over four innings.

Matthews earned his first collegiate victory, and DeFalco was awarded the save.

Pitt starter Chris Cappas was charged with the loss as he allowed the three runs in the second inning.

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