Slow Start Offensively Leads to 6-2 Loss to Toledo

Phil Lipari (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Phil Lipari (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Toledo's pitching staff limited the Youngstown State baseball team to four hits, and a late Penguins rally came up short as the Rockets won 6-2 on Tuesday evening at Eastwood Field.

Rockets starter Kyle Slack allowed one hit in six innings and had a 4-0 lead when he handed the ball to the bullpen. The Penguins scored two runs in the eighth and had the tying run in scoring position but couldn't come up with the big hit. Toledo added two runs in the ninth for the final tally.

David Saluga had two of YSU's hits, including an RBI single in the eighth, and Phil Lipari homered in the eighth. Ryan Callahan homered and was 4-for-5 to lead Toledo.

UT had two hits off Jeremy Quinlan in each of the first two innings, and it took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Jacob North and Jacob Britt started the inning with back-to-back singles, and Lucas Sokol advanced them with a sacrifice bunt. North then came across on Zach Michael's ground out.

The Rockets went up 2-0 on Dan Zuchowski's solo home run that just cleared the wall in right in the third. Toledo added two runs, one of which was unearned, in the sixth. Britt drove in Ryan Callahan with a one-out single, and North scored when Michael drew a bases-loaded walk. Anthony Konders relieved Ryan Smith and got out of the inning with one pitch when Matt Sullivan stepped on third and threw to first for a double play.

Saluga provided YSU's first hit with one out in the fourth, and the Penguins went without another base-runner until Lorezno Arcuri's two-out walk in the seventh.

Lipari hit his fourth home run of the season with one out in the eighth to end Toledo's shutout bid, and Saluga singled in pinch-runner Kurt Laver later to make the score 4-2. A wild pitch put runners on first and second for Josh White, but Jordan Kesson got him to ground out to short to end the threat.

Callahan homered with Zuchowski aboard with one out in the ninth to give Toledo two insurance runs.

Quinlan allowed two runs on seven hits in four innings of work as the losing pitcher. Slack allowed one hit and one walk in six innings to earn his fourth victory. 

The Penguins will begin their final series of the regular season on Thursday against Valparaiso. First pitch against the Crusaders is set for 5:30 p.m.