Hymel's 10th-Inning RBI Single Lifts Penguins to Split at Butler
Indianapolis -- Junior Eric
Hymel hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning as the
Youngstown State baseball team staved off Butler's comeback and
salvaged a split in Sunday's doubleheader at Bulldog Park.
Hymel's game-winner gave the Penguins a 6-5 win after Butler scored twice in the ninth to tie the contest. YSU lost the opener 4-1.
The winning team in both games never trailed, but Butler rallied to tie YSU twice in game two.
The Penguins strung together four straight two-out singles in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Kyle Schultz hit an RBI single in the fourth, and he tied the score on a run-scoring fielder's choice in the sixth.
YSU answered in the next half inning with three runs on two hits and two Butler errors to go up 5-2. Casey Holland hit a two-run single with the bases loaded, and Joe Iacobucci followed with an RBI single.
Butler closed the gap to two runs in the bottom of the eighth by scoring on a wild pitch. Luke Duncan then tied the contest in the ninth with a two-out, two-run triple.
Anthony Munoz, who allowed the triple, struck out the side in the 10th for his first collegiate win. Holland, Iacobucci and Jonathan Crist had three hits apiece for YSU, which outhit Butler 13-8.
In game one, YSU stranded 11 runners and went 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position in a 4-1 loss. Aaron Swenson went the distance on the mound, allowing the four runs on seven hits and four walks in eight innings.
Butler's first run came on a wild pitch in the first, and Grant Fillipitch gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with a two-run homer in the third.
Derek Carr drove in David Leon in the fifth on a fielder's choice in the fifth for YSU's lone run. Fillipitch doubled in Rick Betsch in the seventh for Butler's final run.
The Penguins had their opportunities in the last two innings, but they stranded five runners and did not score. YSU had runners at the corners with one out and got turned away with a strikeout and infield pop out. The Guins loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth without recording a hit, but they followed with a fly out to left, a pop out to first and a line out to left.
YSU will make their lone appearance at Cene Park this season on Wednesday with a doubleheader against Marshall at 3 p.m.