McCulloh, Williams Lead Baseball to Split at Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio -- Youngstown State pitchers Kevin McCulloh and Padraic Williams held Cincinnati to one run on five hits, and the Penguins picked up their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over the Bearcats on Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium. The Penguins dropped game two of the doubleheader 11-0.
McCulloh allowed one run on five hits and four walks while striking out eight in six innings of work. Williams allowed just one base runner in the final three innings to earn his first collegiate save.
McCulloh struck out the side in the first, and Joe Iacobucci sparked the offense in the second with a leadoff single. Craig Goubeaux moved him to second with a one-out single, and, after an error prolonged the inning, Phil Lipari knocked in two runs with a single up the middle.
That was all McCulloh and Williams needed as the Bearcats stranded a runner in scoring position in six different innings. Their run came in the fifth on Chris Peters' two-out single.
"I can't say enough about the outing McCulloh gave us," YSU head coach Rich Pasquale said. "He competes every day he takes the mound, and we need all of our pitchers to compete each inning of every game. We played good defense behind him, and Phil came up with a clutch base hit to give us the lead."
Armani Johnson doubled and singled, and Drew Dosch added a single for the Penguins. Matt Williams had two of Cincinnati's five singles. The Bearcats stole six bases.
Andrew Strenge was the hard-luck loser for UC, allowing no earned runs on five hits in seven innings.
In game two, Cincinnati jumped on starter Robert Switka for seven runs in the first two innings en route to its 11-0 victory. The Bearcats plated two runs in the first, and seven hits in the second inning led to five tallies. Jake Proctor had a two-run double in the inning, and Williams delivered a two-out, two-run single to knock Switka from the game.
Cincinnati added three runs in the third and another in the fourth.
Nick Johnson earned the win for Cincinnati, holding the Penguins to one hit in five innings.
Youngstown State will be back in action on Friday with the start of a three-game series at Tennessee Tech. First pitch in game one is set for 4 p.m.