Glasser's Walk-Off Single Powers Penguins to 3-2 Win Over Pitt

Phillip Glasser (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Phillip Glasser (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State baseball team earned a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh on a bad-hop, walk-off single by Phillip Glasser in the bottom of the 10th inning on Wednesday evening at Eastwood Field.

Dylan Swarmer hit a leadoff single to begin the home half of the 10th, and Zach Farrar come off the bench to pinch run. Farrar stole second base and was able to score when a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Glasser ricocheted off Pitt first baseman Bryce O'Farrell into foul territory.

Five YSU pitchers combined to allow just two runs, and the Penguins' bullpen blanked the Panthers over five innings. Starter Travis Perry provided a very solid outing, permitting two runs on five hits and fanning four over a career-high five innings.

Chad Coles tossed the sixth inning after Perry departed, and Brandon Matthews had four strikeouts over the next two frames. Brett Souder worked out of a jam in the ninth, and Kip DeShields pitched a perfect top of the 10th to provide the walk-off opportunity.

The Panthers jumped ahead early with two runs in the top of the second before the Penguins answered with a two-run homer from Jeff Wehler in the bottom of the fourth. The game remained tied until Glasser's walk-off delivered YSU its third win of the season, and second straight over Pitt.

The victory was the Penguins' third over a team from the ACC in the last three years. With a pair of wins over Pitt, the Penguins have now won two games against a Power Five opponent in the same season for the second time in their last four campaigns. YSU swept both games of a doubleheader at Missouri on March 12, 2016.

Glasser and Web Charles each had two hits to lead the Penguins offensively. Swarmer, Trevor Wiersma and Blaze Glenn each singled, and Glenn and Wehler both scored a run.

David Yanni led off the top of the second with a single, and O'Farrell followed with a walk. After Perry struck out Sky Duff, a wild pitch allowed Yanni to score the game's first run and O'Farrell scored on an RBI groundout by Andres Antonini to give Pitt a 2-0 edge. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth when Glenn drew a one-out walk, and Wehler sent his fourth home run of the season over the wall in left field to tie the contest 2-2.

Matthews entered out of the bullpen for YSU in the seventh and struck out the first two batters he faced before allowing two singles and a walk to load the bases. However, the freshman right-hander got Yanni to fly out to right field to end the threat. Pitt also got a runner to third in the top of the eighth, but Matthews registered his second strikeout of the inning and his fourth of the game to preserve the 2-2 tie.

The Panthers threatened again in the ninth when Cole MacLaren reached on a one-out walk and Connor Perry doubled down the right field line to put runners at second and third. Souder got out of the jam by striking out Pitt cleanup-hitter Ron Washington Jr. and getting O'Farrell to ground into a fielder's choice. 

DeShields retired Pitt in order in the top of the 10th inning to set up the game-winning rally in the home half. DeShields was awarded his second win of the season while Pitt's Dan Hammer suffered the loss after allowing the deciding runs in the 10th.

Pitt starter Billy Corcoran pitched just one inning before giving way to Brad Devereux, who allowed two runs on three hits over 2.1 innings. William Kirwan, David Moore and Chase Smith combined to hold the Penguins scoreless on three hits over the next 5.2 innings before Hammer took over in the 10th.

Pitt outhit YSU 10-8 as MacLaren, Perry, Washington Jr. and Duff each recorded two hits to the lead the Panthers.

The Penguins will begin a three-game Horizon League series at Wright State on Friday. First pitch at Nischwitz Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.