Baseball Heads to Milwaukee for Three Games

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

The Youngstown State baseball team will begin a three-game Horizon League series against Milwaukee on Friday at 4 p.m. Eastern at Henry Aaron Field. The teams will also play at 2 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Friday's game will be broadcast on tape-delay on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in Milwaukee, and live stats all weekend will be available through

The Penguins took two of three games last weekend against Oakland, winning 5-4 in Thursday's opener and 5-0 in the finale on Saturday. They came into the weekend having scored at least seven runs in four of their last five games, but they depended on strong pitching in their two victories. Thursday's victory came when the Penguins scored a run in the eighth and another in the ninth on Kris Moules's walk-off RBI single. Nic Manuppelli pitched six shutout innings in the 5-0 win on Saturday.

The Penguins have been held in check offensively for the most part so far this week in a 5-0 loss at Akron on Tuesday and a 7-6 setback at Canisius on Wednesday. YSU was held to three hits in the shutout at Akron, and they had two hits in the final seven innings at Canisius as the Golden Griffins rallied from a 6-0 deficit.

Freshman outfielder Alex Larivee continues to rank among the league's top 10 hitters in batting average (.330) and on-base percentage (.395), and senior second baseman Phil Lipari is in the top 10 in home runs and slugging percentage. Senior catcher Josh White, a key part of the heart of the order, has missed the last seven games with an injury, and senior centerfielder Mike Accardi has missed the last two contests.

The Penguins will start a trio of right-handers on the mound in junior Brendon Shoemake, senior Patrick O'Brien and senior Nic Manuppelli.

Scouting Milwaukee: Milwaukee is 14-17 overall and is one of three Horizon League teams with a .500 winning percentage in conference play. The Panthers, the league's preseason favorite, are 9-5 in April and are coming off a weekend where they won two of three games against Valparaiso. UWM ranks second in the conference in batting average, slugging and on-base percentage, and its 4.40 ERA also ranks second. Ryan Solberg leads the Panthers in most offensive categories, and he owns the top marks in the Horizon League in slugging percentage (.527) and stolen bases (14). Milwaukee's projected rotation is right-handers Brian Keller (0-4, 3.75 ERA) and Cody Peterson (4-1, 4.36) and southpaw Justin Langley (2-1, 3.30).

Youngstown State will return home for a game against Akron on Tuesday before heading back on the road for the next four games. First pitch on Tuesday against the Zips is set for 1 p.m. at Eastwood Field.