Swenson, Dearth Pitch Penguins to Doubleheader Sweep of Butler

    Niles, Ohio -- Youngstown State starting pitchers Aaron Swenson and Cody Dearth combined to hold Butler to three runs on 11 hits in 18 innings as the Penguins baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep, 6-1 and 12-2, on Saturday at Eastwood Field.
     Swenson earned his third straight complete-game victory over the Bulldogs in game one, allowing just five hits and matching his career high with 10 strikeouts.
     Dearth also went the distance in game two, allowing two runs on six hits in his first career complete game. Dearth, who has a 1.64 ERA in five starts this season, pitched past the sixth inning for the first time in his career.
     Dearth actually got stronger as the game went on. He labored through the fourth as seven batters went to the plate, and he had allowed four hits and four walks through four innings. He did not allow another hit until the ninth, and he allowed just one base runner in the fifth through eighth innings.
     Freshman Derek Carr had two hits in both games, and he had three RBIs in the night cap. Two of the RBIs came in the sixth inning when YSU blew the game open with five runs. Eric Marzec was a single from hitting for the cycle in game two, and he scored three runs and drove in four.
     C.J. Morris added three hits in game two as YSU had 14 as a team. The Penguins had 13 hits in game one, including three apiece from John Koehnlein and Greg Dissinger.
     Swenson did not allow a hit and struck out nine through the first five innings, and he struck out the side in the first and fifth. Jason Jamerson blooped a single over Morris at third to lead off the sixth. Blaine DeCamp scored the Bulldogs' only run in the seventh when he walked, went to third on a wild pitch and a single and scored on a sacrifice fly.
     Butler starter Ryan Kruszka worked around two hits in the first and retired the Penguins in order in the second, but he allowed six runs in the third and fourth as YSU built a 6-0 lead.
     The Penguins jumped on game two starter Jeff Sinkiewicz early, scoring six runs on six hits before he left with one out in the third.
     YSU and Butler will play the series finale on Sunday at noon.