Patrick O’Brien pitched into the seventh inning and Alex Frey got the save as Youngstown State earned its first NCAA tournament victory, holding off Indiana State 5-2 Saturday in a regional elimination game.
The Penguins (17-37) will play today against the loser of Saturday’s Indiana-Stanford game. Indiana State (35-18) was eliminated.
O’Brien threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Frey, a graduate of Trinity High School and reliever for the Penguins, came on in the seventh and allowed one hit before recording the third out. It was the first save of Frey’s college career.
A left-hander, Frey has a 3-1 record and a 4.58 ERA this season.
Indiana State took the lead when Landon Curry scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, but Youngstown State answered with three runs over the next two innings. Lorenzo Arcuri tied the game with an RBI single in the second inning before the Penguins added two more in the third on Brent Gillespie’s sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch taken by Shane Willoughby.
The Sycamores got within a run in the top of the fourth on Connor McClain’s RBI single before Youngstown State added two more runs in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by Alex Larivee and a single by Josh White.
La. Lafayette 9, San Diego State 2: Seth Harrison was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Michael Strentz’s early three-run homer helped Louisiana-Lafayette beat San Diego State 9-2 in an NCAA tournament elimination game, keeping the nation’s No. 1-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns alive in the Lafayette regional.
Campbell 4, Old Dominion 1: Elijah Trail and Brooks Borders had RBI singles in the 12th inning and Campbell won for the first time in NCAA tournament play, beating Old Dominion 4-1 in an elimination game in the Columbia Regional.
Washington 8, Georgia Tech 0: Tyler Davis struck out eight and allowed only four hits in his first career complete game and Washington beat Georgia Tech 8-0 on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament’s Oxford Regional.