Glenn Homers as Penguins Fall Twice in Doubleheader at No. 9 Mississippi State

Blaze Glenn (Photo by Trevor Parks)
Blaze Glenn (Photo by Trevor Parks)

Junior infielder Blaze Glenn hit his first home run of the season as the Youngstown State baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader on Saturday against No. 9 Mississippi State to conclude a three-game opening weekend series at Dudy Noble Field. The Penguins fell 14-2 in game one before dropping the finale by a final of 8-0.

YSU falls to 0-3 while Mississippi State begins the 2019 season at 3-0.

Game 1

The Penguins were held to just three hits and lost a 14-2 decision in game one of Saturday's double feature. Blaze Glenn tattooed a pitch from 2018 MLB Draft pick JT Ginn for a two-run home run in the first inning to give YSU an early edge, but Mississippi State scored in each of its first five at-bats to take control.

In addition to Glenn's two-run blast, the Penguins got singles from Phillip Glasser and Zach Lopatka while Glasser, Lucas Nasonti, Zach Farrar, Trevor Wiersma and Nick LaBrasca each walked in the contest.

Jake Magnum and Elijah MacNamee led the Bulldogs with three hits and two RBIs a piece. Tanner Allen went 2-or-3 with a three-run homer, a three-run double and a game-high six RBIs. 

In the top of the first inning, Cameron Murray was forced to leave the game after being hit by a pitch, and was replaced on the bases by Farrar. Two batters later, Glenn smoked his home run into the bleachers in left to give YSU a 2-0 lead.

Mississippi State answered with three runs on two hits in the home half of the first to go in front, and would not trail again. MacNamee's two-run single and a sacrifice fly from Justin Foscue produced a 3-2 MSU advantage. Nasonti and Web Charles each made amazing diving catches in the outfield during the inning to limit the damage.

The Bulldogs added to their lead in the second on an RBI single by Rowdey Jordan and a three-run blast from Allen before adding three runs in both the third and fourth frames to push the edge to 13-2. MSU added an unearned run the bottom of the fifth to produce the final tally.

Mississippi State registered 14 total hits and eight different Bulldogs had a hit in the game. MSU pitchers held the Penguins without a hit in six different innings.

Chad Coles suffered the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits over two innings. Greg Dunham worked four innings out of the bullpen while Preseason Horizon League Freshman of the Year Travis Perry tossed two scoreless innings of relief in his first collegiate appearance.

In his first-career start, Ginn was awarded the win for MSU after surrendering two runs on two hits and striking out seven in five innings of work.

Game 2

In the series finale, Mississippi State scored in five different innings and shut down the Penguins' bats to earn an 8-0 victory and the series sweep.

Cody Dennis, LaBrasca and Wiersma each recorded two singles in the game while Nasonti also had a base hit. The Penguins threatened in the fifth and seventh innings but could never break through. YSU left a total of nine runners on base in the contest.

Allen led the Bulldogs with three hits including a double and a game-high three RBIs. In the three-game series, Allen collected a total of seven hits, two home runs and 13 RBIs. Foscue was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs driven in, Gunner Halter notched a pair of singles and Hayden Jones homered as well.

Mississippi State jumped ahead 1-0 when Foscue led off the bottom of the second inning with a solo homer over the left field wall. The lead would grow in the bottom of the third when Jordan Westburg drew a one-out walk and was driven home by MacNamee on a fielder's choice. After stealing second, MacNamee scored on a two-out double from Foscue to push the advantage to 3-0.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs in the home half of the fourth, and a got a bases-clearing double from Allen before pushing the lead to 7-0 in the fifth on a solo blast by Jones. An RBI triple from Westburg in the eighth accounted for the final score.

YSU got two aboard in the top of the fifth inning on base hits from LaBrasca and Dennis before Nasonti grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.

The Penguins loaded the bases in the seventh when LaBrasca reached on a two-out single, Nick Caruso was hit by a pitch and Dennis singled, but they were unable to push across a run.

MSU starter Keegan James earned the win after giving up just four hits and striking out six over five scoreless innings. Four different Bulldogs threw an inning of scoreless relief to close out the win.

In his first collegiate start, redshirt freshman Jon Snyder took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five in three innings of work.

Cade Negley, Brett Souder, Lopatka and Joel Hake made their first appearances of the 2019 season. Lopatka worked a perfect seventh and fanned a pair.

The Penguins will return to the diamond Feb. 22 to begin a three-game series at nationally-ranked Florida State.