Klein, Two-Out Runs Lead Penguins to 8-4 Win in Finale with Butler

    Niles, Ohio -- Sophomore starter Phil Klein allowed one run in six innings, and the Youngstown State baseball team scored six of its eight runs with two outs in an 8-4 victory over Butler on Sunday at Eastwood Field.
     Klein followed up complete-game victories by Aaron Swenson and Cody Dearth on Saturday as the Penguins swept the series. As a staff, the Penguins allowed three earned runs in 27 innings against the Bulldogs over the weekend.
     Jeremy Banks and Anthony Porter both had two hits and two RBIs for YSU, which improved to 7-20 overall and 4-5 in Horizon League contests. The Penguins had lost four one-run league games entering this weekend.
     Alex Montagano led Butler with two hits and two RBIs. The Bulldogs dropped to 4-23 and 2-7.
     Butler took its first lead of the weekend in the top of the first off Klein. Rick Betsch walked to start the game, advanced on a hit-and-run ground out and scored on Grant Fillipitch's two-out single to right.
     The Penguins answered in the bottom of the second with three runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman. Banks drew a one-out walk, and C.J. Morris followed with a double just inside third base to put two runners on. Porter bounced a single up the middle to score both runs, and he scored on John Koehnlen's infield single after two wild pitches.
     Banks' two-out, two-run single up the middle in the fifth scored Koehnlein and Joe Iacobucci, giving the Penguins a 5-1 lead. Jacke Healey scored from first in the sixth when the Bulldogs committed two errors on Koehnlein's infield single.
     The Bulldogs scored three unearned runs in the top of the eighth thanks to YSU's only error in the three-game set. After reliever Anthony Munoz retired the first two batters of the inning, pinch hitter Griffin Richeson singled to right. Jason Jamerson reached when Healey's long throw from the hole at short sailed high into the stands, which put Bulldogs on second and third. Montagano drove in both runs with a single to right, and Tim Matheson walked to knock Munoz from the game. Betsch greeted Eric Marzec with a double to left that scored pinch runner Blaine DeCamp, but a relay from Iacobucci to Healey to Porter nailed Montagano at the plate to end the inning.
     Porter led off the eighth with a double, and the Penguins went on to score two runs on an RBI single from Marzec and a wild pitch.
     Marzec retired the Bulldogs in order in the ninth to record his first save.
     Tyler Szymczak suffered the loss for Butler, allowing five runs on six hits in 4.2 innings. Youngstown native Dom Silvestri allowed two runs in 2.1 innings of relief for the Bulldogs.
     YSU will play at Ohio on Tuesday before returning home to entertain Slippery Rock at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Eastwood Field.