MERCER COUNTY AREA —
Youngstown State University baseball team lives to fight another day, but the Kent State Golden Flashes were eliminated Saturday in the NCAA College Baseball Regional Tournaments.
The two teams with local players on their rosters had different outcomes Saturday in elimination games after both lost Friday openers. On Saturday, YSU beat Indiana State, but Kent State fell 4-2 on a 9th inning rally by Kentucky.
Following are Associated Press game reports for the two squads from Friday and Saturday.
Youngstown St. 5,
Indiana St. 2.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Patrick O’Brien pitched into the seventh inning and Youngstown State earned its first NCAA tournament victory, holding off Indiana State.
The Penguins (17-37) will play Sunday afternoon against the loser of Saturday’s Indiana-Stanford game. Indiana State (35-18) was eliminated.
O’Brien threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Indiana State took the lead when Landon Curry scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, but Youngstown State answered with three runs over the next two innings. Lorenzo Arcuri tied the game with an RBI single in the second inning before the Penguins added two more in the third on Brent Gillespie’s sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch taken by Shane Willoughby.
The Sycamores got within a run in the top of the fourth on Connor McClain’s RBI single before Youngstown State added two more runs in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by Alex Larivee and a single by Josh White.
Local players for YSU include David Saluga, Hickory; Jeremy Quinlan, Brookfield; and Kevin Yarabinec, Sharpsville. Hickory High teacher and coach Craig Antush is an assistant coach for the Penguins.
Kentucky 4, Kent State 2
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s Thomas Bernal hit a two-out, two-run double to highlight a four-run ninth inning as the Wildcats rallied past Kent State 4-2 Friday in an elimination game of an NCAA regional.
A.J. Reed pitched a complete game and knocked in Kentucky’s first run of the game with a one-out double in the ninth to score Max Kuhn from second. Ka’ai Tom struck out, and reliever Nick Fasola walked consecutive batters — the first walks of the game for either team — before Bernal’s double dropped in just out of left fielder Troy Summers’ reach.
Reed, who led college baseball with 23 home runs this season, gave up singles to Kent State’s first four batters before retiring the next 14 batters. After the first inning, he only allowed one player past first base.
Kent State (36-23) was in good shape thanks to starter Nick Jensen-Clagg, who pitched a career-high 8 1/3 innings. But he was pulled after surrendering Reed’s double in the ninth.
Kentucky (35-24) ended the game when Kent State grounded into a double play.
Three former Grove City High stars are members of the Kent team — Jason and Jeff Revesz and Alex Miklos.
Indiana 10, YSU 2
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis both homered to lead Indiana to a 10-2 win over Youngstown State.
Schwarber had four hits, falling a double short of the cycle, while driving in three runs with his fifth-inning homer. He also scored three times. Travis drove in two runs with his third-inning homer and scored twice.
Dustin DeMuth added three hits, a run scored and three RBIs, and Scott Donley had a triple among his three hits and two runs scored.
Scott Effross allowed one run and three hits in four innings for the win in his first collegiate start.
Louisville 5, Kent St. 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kyle Funkhouser struck out 10 in eight shutout innings as Louisville topped Kent State 5-0 on Friday night in an NCAA regional game.
The Cardinals (46-15) scored two runs in the first without a hit leaving the infield. Leadoff man Kyle Gibson walked, and Cole Sturgeon followed with a bunt single. Both were sacrificed over and, with two outs, both scored on an error by Kent State shortstop Zach Beckner.
Louisville added a run in the second and two in the third to complete the scoring.