Penguins Lose Slugfest at Eastern Kentucky

David Saluga (Photo by Ron Stevens)
David Saluga (Photo by Ron Stevens)

The Youngstown State baseball team was on the short end of a slugfest with Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon, losing 19-14 to the Colonels at Transylvania University's Marquard Field.

The two teams combined for 36 hits, and there were four half innings where at least five runs were scored. Seven different Penguins registered multiple hits, and five scored twice. David Saluga was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Phil Lipari had a team-high three RBIs.

Eastern Kentucky never trailed, scoring twice in the first and eight runs in the second inning to go ahead 10-0. The Penguins scored six runs in the third to get back in the game, and Shane Willoughby singled in Jason Shirley in the top of the fifth to make the score 10-7.

Eastern Kentucky, though, scored the next nine runs by scoring five in the bottom of the fifth, one in the sixth and three more in the seventh to take a 19-7 lead. The Penguins added seven runs in the eighth, including five on three consecutive doubles by Lipari, Alex Larivee and Kevin Hix.

EKU leadoff batter Kyle Nowlin hit three home runs, and Ben Fisher hit a grand slam in the second inning as part of a six RBI afternoon.

There were 14 pitchers who appeared in the game, and eight gave up runs. YSU starter Ryan Krokos allowed the first eight runs in 1.1 innings in the loss, and Ben Brooks was awarded the win after allowing one run in two innings for EKU.

The Penguins and Colonels care scheduled to play another game on Wednesday at noon at EKU. For the most current schedule changes, follow @YSUsports on Twitter or subscribe to receive text alerts here.