Penguins Fall 7-3 in Series Finale at College of Charleston

Chad Coles (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Chad Coles (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Mt. Pleasant, S.C. - The Youngstown State baseball team fell 7-3 to the College of Charleston in the finale of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon at The Ballpark at Patriots Point.

The Cougars scored all seven of their runs between the second and fourth innings on their way to completing the series sweep. College of Charleston improves to 5-1 overall with the victory while YSU falls to 2-4.

After CofC built a 7-1 advantage following the fourth inning, YSU's bullpen gave the Penguins a chance at a comeback by holding the Cougars scoreless the rest of the contest. Dalton Earich, Gary Clift Jr. and Chad Coles combined for five scoreless innings of relief as CofC had just one hit over its final four at bats.

Earich allowed two hits over an inning of work while Clift Jr. and Coles each tossed two innings. Clift Jr. gave up one hit and struck out a pair while Coles did not allow a hit and fanned three during his two frames on the mound. In addition, Joel Hake retired the only batter he faced in the bottom of the third inning.

Eight different Penguins recorded a hit as Phillip Glasser had a team-high two hits and scored a run. Turner Grau singled, walked and drove in a run.

Luke Stageberg and Ari Sechopoulos each had two hits for Charleston while Harrison Hawkins and Donald Hansis each drove in a pair of runs.

The Penguins had just one less hit than the Cougars, but left eight runners on base. YSU got three hits the top of the first inning, but was unable to come away with a run as a 5-4-3 double play after Grau's leadoff single severely hurt the Penguins' scoring chances.

After Landon Choboy was hit by a Jon Snyder pitch to begin the bottom of the second inning, Hansis hit a two-run home run down the right field line to put CofC in front 2-0. An RBI single from Sechopoulos and a wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed the Cougars to push their lead to 4-0 in the home half of the third.

Youngstown State briefly shaved the deficit to three runs with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Andre Good and Glasser hit back-to-back one-out singles, and Good was able to score from third during a rundown as Glasser was picked off at first base.

College of Charleston added to its advantage with three runs on four hits and an error in bottom of the fourth. Stageberg drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Hawkins delivered a two-run single.

YSU added two runs on one hit and an error in the top of the ninth to account for the final margin. Glasser hit a leadoff single and came around to score on a fielder's choice by Grau, and Nick Caruso scored on a wild pitch after reaching with a one-out walk.

Snyder suffered the loss after allowing four runs on five hits over 2.2 innings in his first start of the season. Bryce Warwick was responsible for three runs on two hits without recording an out in the fourth inning.

Zach Williams was awarded the victory after allowing just one hit over 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. CofC starter C.J. Czerwinski allowed one run on six hits and fanned four over 4.1 innings. Trey Pooser and Brooks Lucas each worked an inning with Lucas surrendering two unearned runs in the ninth.

The Penguins will be back in action this Thursday, Feb. 27, to begin a three-game series at Abilene Christian. First pitch from Crutcher Scott Field is set for 7:35 p.m. ET.