Arcuri Ties Two School Records at Morehead State

Lorenzo Arcuri
Lorenzo Arcuri

Youngstown State senior outfielder Lorenzo Arcuri tied school records for home runs and total bases in a game as the Penguins fell 23-9 at Morehead State on Wednesday. The game was a continuation from Tuesday's contest that was suspended after an inning, and Wednesday's originally scheduled affair was canceled.

Arcuri became the third player in program history to hit three home runs in a game, and he is now also the third player to record 13 total bases in a single contest. He joined Eric Marzec (2008) and Jim Lipinski (2001) with three homers and Marzec (2008) and Rob Armstrong (1988) with 13 total bases.

Arcuri hit an RBI single in the first inning Tuesday night, and he homered in three of his four at bats on Wednesday. Over the two days, Arcuri went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and five RBIs. Kyle Benyo also homered, bringing YSU's total for the season to 18 through 10 games. The Penguins hit 12 home runs in 2016.

Jake Hammon hit a grand slam, and Niko Hulsizer and Will Schneider both had four hits for the Eagles.

Before the rain suspended the game Tuesday night, Anthony Rohan reached on an error, stole second and scored on Arcuri's single to get YSU on the board before an out was recorded in the first inning. Arcuri later scored on Shane Willoughby's two-out double to center.

Reid Leonard led off the bottom of the first with a home run for Morehead State, and two Eagles came home on a one-out fielder's choice.

With Morehead State holding a 3-2 heading into the top of the second inning on Wednesday, the Eagles added a run in the bottom of the inning on a wild pitch on strike three that would have been the third out of the inning. Arcuri's first home run came in the top of the third and made the score 4-3, and Leonard hit a two-out single in the bottom half to put the margin back at two.

Morehead State scored twice in the fourth before another Arcuri homer in the top of the fifth made the score 7-4. The Eagles broke the game extended their lead with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, but YSU countered with three in the sixth to give itself a chance and climb to within 12-7.

Morehead State scored a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 14-7 and, following Benyo's homer in YSU's half of the seventh, broke the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the inning. Three of those runs came on Hammon's grand slam. The Eagles added a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth, and Arcuri led off the ninth with his third home run.

Fourteen of Morehead State's runs came after there were two outs, including all seven in the seventh inning.

Youngstown State will continue its 10-day road trip at Richmond on Friday. The Penguins and Spiders will play at 3 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.