Lexington, Va. -- VMI scored six runs in the first four innings and tacked on five more in the sixth to beat the Youngstown State baseball team 11-3 on Saturday at Gray-Minor Stadium.
YSU freshman Weston Weiss had two of YSU’s six hits, and Drew Dosch and Jeremy Banks both drove in runs. Jason Shirley stole the first two bases of his career.
Gary Leclair drove in three runs, and Rob Dickinson was 3-for-3 for the Keydets.
All three of VMI’s runs in the second came after YSU starter Patrick O’Brien retired the first two hitters. Nick Dwyer capped a stretch of three straight singles to plate the first run, and Leclair followed a walk with a two-run single up the middle.
YSU got an unearned run in the top of the third when Phil Lipari walked and scored on an error, but George Piccirilli homered for VMI in the bottom half to make the score 4-1. The Keydets upped the lead to 6-1 in the fourth when Leclair doubled in a run and scored from second on a steal and errant throw.
Dosch doubled home Lipari in the fifth to make the score just 6-2, but the Penguins’ bullpen surrendered five runs in the sixth to make the score 11-2. VMI had three hits in the inning, the biggest of which was a bases-loaded two-run single from Dickinson. The other runs scored on an RBI double Jacob Morley, a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.
Banks doubled home Shirley in the seventh for the final tally.
O’Brien was charged with the loss, allowing five earned runs on nine hits while striking out four in five innings. All five runs in the sixth were charged to Ryan Krokos, but three of those came after he exited.
Campbell Henkel allowed just one earned run on three hits and three walks in six innings for VMI to earn the win.
The Penguins and Keydets will play the final game of their series on Sunday at 2 p.m.