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O’Shaughnessy, Pens top Pitt

PITTSBURGH — Padraig O’Shaughnessy hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit double in the ninth inning, and the Youngstown State baseball team squashed a comeback attempt by Pitt in a 7-5 victory at Charles L. Cost Field on Wednesday afternoon.

O’Shaughnessy, a Poland native, laced one-out double in the ninth to drive in Dominick Bucko, and former Champion High School standout Lucas Nasonti provided an insurance run with a sacrifice fly. Those runs came after Pitt had scored five consecutive runs to overcome YSU’s 5-0 lead.

Youngstown State earned its third straight victory, and its record is now even at 5-5. Pitt, which had won eight straight coming into the contest, is now 10-2.

Bucko was 2-for-4 and was the only player in the game with multiple hits. Jeff Wehler scored twice at the top of the lineup and stole three bases. YSU batters had eight hits. On the mound, reliever Joel Hake, an Ursuline graduate, broke the program’s career appearances record by making his 86th.

YSU starter Jon Snyder blanked Pitt over the first three innings, and the Penguins extended their scoreless innings streak to 22 innings before Pitt plated three runs in the sixth. Pitt threatened in the ninth by getting the tying run on first with one out, but Gary Clift Jr. induced back-to-back fly outs to preserve the win.

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