Baseball to Play Midweek Games at Pitt, Canisius

Neil Schroth
Neil Schroth

The Youngstown State baseball team plays two games on the road this week before returning home for a three-game series against Cleveland State this weekend. The Penguins are scheduled to play at Pittsburgh on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and at Canisius on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Live stats are available for both games at YSUsports.com.

The Penguins will be looking for their first midweek win of the season.

YSU enters the week on a five-game skid, losing twice to Kent State last week and getting swept in a three-game set at Valparaiso. The late innings weren't kind to the Penguins in Sunday's doubleheader losses to the Crusaders. YSU led 3-2 going into the ninth in game one and lost 4-3, and the Penguins allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth in the 5-2 loss in game two.

David Leon and Neil Schroth continued their hot hitting at the plate last week. Leon batted .350 and had multiple hits in three of the five contests. The junior shortstop is batting .364 since he returned from an injury on April 8. Schroth hit .333 in the five games last week to raise his average to a team-high .316.

Padraic Williams is slated to start on Tuesday against Pitt, and Blake Aquadro is the scheduled pitcher for Wednesday's game at Canisius. Williams made his first career start at Kent State last Tuesday and allowed three earned runs in five innings. Overall, he has a 10.55 ERAA in 12 appearances and 21.1 innings. Aquadro has started three previous games this season and pitched in relief 11 times. He has an 8.31 ERA in 14 appearances and 34.2 innings.

Pitt is 21-13 and Canisius is 16-18. Pitt has won five of its last seven games and defeated YSU 7-0 on March 19 at the PSC Classic. Canisius has won four of its last six contests.