Eastern Kentucky Takes Game Two vs. YSU

Josh White (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Josh White (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Richmond, Ky. -- Eastern Kentucky scored in every inning and won a battle of offenses for the second straight day against the Youngstown State baseball team, topping the Penguins 18-9 on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Turkey Hughes Field.

Freshman Alex Larivee was 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored at the top of the lineup, and three other Penguins had hits. Josh White hit a two-run homer in the first inning as part of a three RBI day.

Sean Hagen had five RBIs, and Doug Teegarden hit a grand slam to lead the Colonels.

White's two-run opposite-field home run in the first inning gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead, and Hagen's RBI single in the bottom of the half of the first cut the margin to one. EKU then scored six runs, three of which came on a Hagen double, in the bottom of the second to take a 7-2 advantage.

The Penguins stormed back with four runs on just two hits in the top of the third to get back within a run. EKU starter Alex Hamilton walked the first three batters to start the inning, and Matt Sullivan brought the first run of the inning home on a sacrifice fly. Kris Moules then singled in Lorenzo Arcuri, and White scored on Shane Willoughby's ground out. Kevin Hix's two-out single plated Moules for the fourth run of the inning.

Shea Sullivan hit a two-out, two-run single for the Colonels in the bottom of the third to push the lead to 9-6, and Teegarden's grand slam in the fourth made the score 13-6. YSU scored a single tally in the fifth sixth and seventh innings, and EKU went on to score once in the fifth, twice in the sixth, once in the seventh and once in the eighth.

YSU starter Jared Wight was charged with the loss, with seven runs on five hits and three walks in 1.1 innings going on his record. Reliever Brian Mroz was awarded the win for EKU, allowing an unearned run in 2.1 innings.

Youngstown State's Horizon League-opening series at Oakland scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled due to snow. YSU's next scheduled contest is now at Pittsburgh on Tuesday at 3 p.m.