Canisius comes up short at Youngstown State

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown State Penguins, scored at least one run in four straight innings beginning in the bottom of the fourth, as the squad halted the Canisius baseball team’s win streak at nine, with a 8-4 win Saturday. With the loss the Blue and Gold drops to 24-19 overall, while Youngstown State improves to 10-27.

Leading 2-0, the Griffs fell victim to a four-run bottom of the fourth inning, which gave-way to a run of four innings where the Penguins scored at least one run leading into the seventh inning. That stretch of innings helped sink the Griffs offense that couldn’t find the runs when it needed it.

Starter Josh Shepley started the day and look good early, however ran into trouble in the fourth inning, and couldn’t recover in the fifth, getting pulled after 4.1 innings. Michael Ginther and Andrew Sipowicz also came on and allowed runs, with Ginther yielding one earned run on two hits in 1.2 innings of work, while Sipowicz surrendered two runs on three hits in a full inning of work.

The Blue and Gold scattered eight hits through the nine innings, with Jake Lumley, Liam Wilson and Christ Conley doing the damage with a pair of hits each. Conley led the way with RBI, notching the pair to pace the squad.

The Griffs started fast in the game as Conley got Canisius started with an RBI single up the middle, which scored Wilson and Lumley, to make it 2-0.

Shepley cruised right along until the fourth inning as the Penguins put together a four-run two hit rally, aided by two Griffs errors.

Gerrard Rohan was responsible for a two-RBI single in the rally, while an error led to another run, and a sacrifice fly by Kyle Benyo capped the scoring.

The four-run rally led to a stretch of four straight innings where the squad tallied at least one run, spanning from the fourth inning to the seventh.

Canisius did tie the game following the fourth inning, as Ryan Stekl tallied a sacrifice fly to score John Conti, while Wilson doubled to left field to bring in Anthony Massicci. The Griffs very nearly took the lead back as Conley belted a a single to right field, and Wilson was gunned out at the plate to end the inning.

While the Penguins got its lead out to 8-4 the comeback bid fell flat, as the Griffs tallied just one hit from the top of the fith through the rest of the contest, as the Blue and Gold fell 8-4.

Canisius looks to try to take the series on Sunday, as the squad takes on Youngstown State at noon.

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