Baseball Blanked at Kent State, 7-0
Kent, Ohio -- Five Kent State pitchers combined to throw a six-hit shutout to defeat the Youngstown State baseball team 7-0 on Tuesday and win for the 10th straight game.
YSU's Joe Iacobucci extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single to lead off the fourth inning. It was the Penguins' first hit of the contest as the only two base-runners in the first three innings came on an error and a walk. Greg Dissinger had two hits to lead the Penguins.
Kent State had the leadoff runner on in seven of its eight innings, and four of those came around to score.
Kent State pitcher Spencer Bryant made his first start of the season and held YSU to two hits in four innings of work to earn his first win.
YSU's Padraic Williams pitched well in his in his first career start, allowing five runs - three earned - on eight hits in five innings. He allowed a run in each of the first two innings but kept the Penguins in the game by holding the Golden Flashes scoreless over the next three innings.
Williams was his own worst enemy in the sixth, though, as Kent State opened up a 5-0 lead. He threw wide to first to allow the leadoff runner to reach on an error, and Evan Campbell followed with a slow grounder that snuck through into right field because Phil Lipari was positioned for the double play. Jason Bagoly followed with an RBI double to deep right to plate David Lyon, and back-to-back sacrifice flies pushed the Kent State lead to five runs.
A miscue on the basepaths also cost the Penguins in the next half inning as they failed on their best chance to score. Dissinger and Lipari started the frame with back-to-back singles, but Dissinger was picked off at second base for the first out. A walk to Jonathan Crist put runners on first and second, and, following an infield pop out, Armani Johnson walked to load the bases with two outs. David Leon lined out to the mound to end the inning.
Kent State added two runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Evan Campbell and a bases-loaded walk to George Roberts.
Kent State started the first inning with back-to-back hits, and Williams was fortunate to escape by allowing just one run. Joe Koch led off with an infield single, and he scored on a double from Jimmy Rider with the hit-and-run on. Williams walked Travis Shaw, and a fielder's choice put runners at the corners with one out. Williams got Ben Klafczynski into a rundown after faking a throw to third, and Rider was thrown out at the plate trying to score. Another fielder's choice ended the inning.
The Golden Flashes added a run in the second after Bagoly led off with a double and scored when Williams threw wide to first on Derek Toadvine's bunt.
Bagoly finished with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Golden Flashes.
The Penguins and Golden Flashes will play again on Wednesday at Eastwood Field at 3 p.m.