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  • 22 March 2019
    (STATS) -- When Youngstown State stopped beating itself, it advanced to the FCS playoff semifinals on Saturday.Tevin McCasters 2-yard touchdown run in the second overtime provided the winning margin as Youngstown State edged visiting Wofford 30-23 in the national quarterfinals at Stambaugh Stadium.The Penguins (11-3), from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, will play at No. 2 seed Eastern Washington (12-1) in the semifinals next Saturday.Youngstown State blew a chance to win the game at the end the first overtime when Zak Kennedy missed his third field goal of the game. He also missed an extra point earlier and the Penguins committed two turnovers and had a punt blocked to set up Woffords opening touchdown.But after the Penguins went ahead on McCasters touchdown, their defense stopped Wofford (10-4) on downs for the second straight overtime.It just got to a point like, Weve got to find a way to win, said Youngstown State running back Jody Webb.There is no doubt it was disappointing, Wofford coach Mike Ayers said. Two great teams scrapping against each other and we took their best shot and they took our best shot.Youngstown State is appearing in the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2006, but the 12th time overall for a team that won four national titles in the 1990s. Coach Bo Pelinis Penguins have won three playoff games this postseason to improve to 28-7 all-time.Webb carried the ball 34 times for a career-high 213 yards and Hunter Wells passed for 173 yards and three touchdowns. It helped overcome Woffords 297 rushing yards, including 125 by quarterback Joe Newman. The Terriers triple option offense didnt complete a pass in three attempts -- two in the second overtime.A lot of it was learning on the fly, YSU linebacker Armand Dellovade said. They did some things that we didnt prepare for that we didnt know that they had in their playbook. We just had to react and adjust accordingly.After it was tied 23-23 through regulation, neither team scored in the first overtime. Wofford went for a touchdown on fourth down inside the 1-yard line, but Newman threw a pitch too high to fullback Lorenzo Long and the ball went out of bounds. Youngstown States possession ended with lefty kicker Kennedy hooking his 37-yard field goal attempt.Kennedy made a 32-yarder with 5:04 remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 23. Wofford tried to win the game at the end of regulation, but David Marvin was short on a 53-yard field goal attempt.Wofford turned to Newman in relief of a hobbled Brandon Goodson. Newman scored on a 75-yard option keeper on the first play of the third quarter and led the Terriers on a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, which Long capped with a 6-yard scoring run for a 23-20 lead with 9:22 to play.The first-ever matchup between the teams featured two of the better rushing offenses in the FCS, with Wofford ranked fifth nationally and Youngstown State seventh. The difference in passing ability was decisive.Wells third touchdown pass, a 5-yarder to sophomore wide receiver Isiah Scott with 1:33 left in the third quarter, put Youngstown State ahead 20-16.Youngstown State and Eastern Washington have met only once before. The Penguins won 25-14 in Cheney, Washington, in the 1997 national semifinals on their way to their fourth FCS title under coach Jim Tressel, now the school president. 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PHOENIX -- Maybe Jake Lamb deserved more write-in votes as one of five NL players in the Final Vote lineup for the All-Star Game.The Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman finished fourth in the voting, but won the battle Saturday against an actual All-Star, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.Lamb later delivered another key hit that helped the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 2-1 in 12 innings Saturday night.Brandon Drurys single drove in Lamb with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th after Lamb had sent the game into extra innings with a tying double off Jansen in the ninth. Lamb then opened the 12th with a triple into the right field corner.Im not afraid to fail, Lamb said after a three-hit night. He (Jansen) has dominated me. I dont think Ive ever gotten a hit off him.Lamb got the triple off Dodgers reliever and losing pitcher Casey Fien (1-1).I hit it hard enough to get through. I just put it in the right spot. So that was nice, he said.After two intentional walks to load the bases, Drury laced a single through the drawn-in infield off Fien, ending the Diamondbacks five-game losing streak. It was Drurys first career game-ending hit.I was just trying to stay inside the ball, Drury said. I have really learned to focus just on the ball and not on the situation.The Dodgers had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the 12th, but Randall Delgado (2-1) retired Yasiel Puig on a groundout to end the threat. The Dodgers stranded 15 runners on base.They still were in position to win with Jansen on the mound and a 1-0 lead with two outs in the ninth. But Lamb lined a two-strike double to drive in Michael Bourn, who had singled and stole second base.Of Lambs 63 runs batted in this season, 11 have come in the ninth inning.Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy struck out eight in six scoreless innings. McCarthy, a former Diamondbacks pitcher making his third start since returning from major elbow surgery that cost him most of last season, held Arizona to three hits in his longest outing of 2016.Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley allowed a run on six hits, walked three and struck out three.The Dodgers bullpen, which entered Saturday with the lowest ERA in the majors, got scoreless innings from Adam Liberatore and Joe Blanton before Jansen blew his fourth save chance of the season. Jansen had not allowed a run in 14 previous games.Diamondbacks relievers held the Dodgers scoreless for six innnings.dddddddddddd Well before that, Justin Turner drove in the games first run with a soft single in the third inning, driving in Chase Utley, whod led off with a double.The Dodgers lost a chance to add to the lead in the seventh when Howie Kendrick, who was 3 for 3 up to that point, struck out against reliever Jake Barrett with the bases loaded.The offense, we had opportunities. We just couldnt get that big hit tonight but we had been doing a lot of good things offensively going into the break and (Friday) night, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. It was just one of those nights where those guys made pitches and hung in there.Jake Lamb is a great ballplayer and he got a big hit against one of the best closers, Roberts added. We expect Kenley to be perfect. Its not going to happen.INJURED UMPIREHome plate umpire Dale Scott left the game in the bottom of the first inning after taking a foul ball to his chin. The umpiring crew went to three men, with Lance Barrett moving behind the plate from first base after about a 12-minute delay.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: LHPs Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood threw to live hitters for the first time in their rehabilitations from injuries Saturday at Dodger Stadium, Kershaw throwing 60 pitches. Wood threw 30 to 40 pitches, Roberts said. If Kershaw feels fine on Sunday he could pitch as soon as next week at Washington or St. Louis. Kershaw (back) has been on the DL since July 1 and Wood (elbow) on the 60-day DL since May 31. ... OF Trayce Thompson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back irritation and OF-IF Zach Walters was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... OF Joc Pederson (sprained AC joint) got a hit and walked twice in four at-bats Friday night in a rehab game for Oklahoma City. Hes been on the disabled list since June 29.Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke is still dealing with oblique tightness and may not be ready to make a start this month. ... C-OF Chris Herrmann (hamstring) had an MRI Saturday morning but appeared as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (7-6) is the scheduled starter against the Diamondbacks. Maeda has a win in two starts against Arizona this season.Diamondbacks: Sunday starter Robbie Ray (4-8) is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers. ' ' '