Baseball Drops Games to N.C. State, Monmouth

Jeremy Banks
Jeremy Banks

The Youngstown State baseball team dropped to 0-3 on its season-opening trip to North Carolina on Saturday, dropping contests to North Carolina State and Monmouth.

YSU lost 14-3 in the morning at N.C. State in Raleigh, and the Penguins turned around quickly to lose 14-2 to Monmouth nearby in Cary.

Senior first baseman Jeremy Banks, who had three hits in Friday's season opener against Canisius, remained hot at the plate. He went a combined 5-for-9 and drove in two runs in the two games. Marcus Heath and Drew Dosch also had at least one hit in both contests.

In the first game against N.C. State, the Wolfpack scored eight runs on seven hits in the second inning off starter Blake Aquadro. The inning started with an infield single, and it also iN.C.luded a single to the mound, a hit batsman and a bases-loaded walk. Andrew CieN.C.in hit a two-out, two-run single to make the score 5-0, and Ryan Mathews followed with a three-run homer.

A two-out RBI single in the third gave the Wolfpack another run, and they tacked on another with a leadoff homer in the fourth to go up 10-0. N.C. State added two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings.

All three of YSU's runs came in the top of the ninth. Kevin Hix reached on a one-out single, and Banks followed with an RBI double. Jason Shirley, who piN.C.h-ran for Banks, scored on Heath's single, and Jake Kucek brought in David Leon on a ground out.

Aquadro was charged with eight earned runs in 2.2 innings in a losing effort. Reliever Logan Jernigan threw the final five innings to earn the win.

Against Monmouth, the Hawks scored the first nine runs and the final five.

Jamie Rosenkranz hit a solo homer in the first inning and doubled in a run in the second as Monmouth scored twice in both innings. Ed Martin scored on a double steal in the fifth to make the score 5-0, and the Hawks added four runs on three hits and an error in the fourth.

YSU scored twice in the sixth when Banks singled in Dosch and Kevin Hix scored Craig Goubeaux's sacrifice fly. Monmouth answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, and the Hawks finished the scoring with two runs in the eighth.

YSU starter Pat Shedlock allowed seven runs on eight hits in three innings in the loss. Stephen Frey earned the win for Monmouth, allowing both runs on four hits in five innings.

YSU will wrap

The Youngstown State baseball team dropped to 0-3 on its season-opening trip to North Carolina on Saturday, dropping contests to North Carolina State and Monmouth.

YSU lost 14-3 in the morning at N.C. State in Raleigh, and the Penguins turned around quickly to lose 14-2 to Monmouth nearby in Cary.

Senior first baseman Jeremy Banks, who had three hits in Friday's season opener against Canisius, remained hot at the plate. He went a combined 5-for-9 and drove in two runs in the two games. Marcus Heath and Drew Dosch also had at least one hit in both contests.

In the first game against N.C. State, the Wolfpack scored eight runs on seven hits in the second inning off starter Blake Aquadro. The inning started with an infield single, and it also iN.C.luded a single to the mound, a hit batsman and a bases-loaded walk. Andrew CieN.C.in hit a two-out, two-run single to make the score 5-0, and Ryan Mathews followed with a three-run homer.

A two-out RBI single in the third gave the Wolfpack another run, and they tacked on another with a leadoff homer in the fourth to go up 10-0. N.C. State added two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings.

All three of YSU's runs came in the top of the ninth. Kevin Hix reached on a one-out single, and Banks followed with an RBI double. Jason Shirley, who piN.C.h-ran for Banks, scored on Heath's single, and Jake Kucek brought in David Leon on a ground out.

Aquadro was charged with eight earned runs in 2.2 innings in a losing effort. Reliever Logan Jernigan threw the final five innings to earn the win.

Against Monmouth, the Hawks scored the first nine runs and the final five.

Jamie Rosenkranz hit a solo homer in the first inning and doubled in a run in the second as Monmouth scored twice in both innings. Ed Martin scored on a double steal in the fifth to make the score 5-0, and the Hawks added four runs on three hits and an error in the fourth.

YSU scored twice in the sixth when Banks singled in Dosch and Kevin Hix scored Craig Goubeaux's sacrifice fly. Monmouth answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, and the Hawks finished the scoring with two runs in the eighth.

YSU starter Pat Shedlock allowed seven runs on eight hits in three innings in the loss. Stephen Frey earned the win for Monmouth, allowing both runs on four hits in five innings.

Youngstown State will play Bryant on Sunday at 10 a.m. to end its stay in North Carolina.