Rider Blanks Baseball 6-0 in Front of Large Kids Day Crowd

Eastwood Field
Eastwood Field

Rider scored four runs in the sixth inning to bust open a pitchers' duel and beat the Youngstown State baseball team 6-0 on Friday at Eastwood Field. The Penguins and Broncs played in front of more than 4,000 area students as part of YSU's annual Kids Day game in cooperation with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

YSU's Collin Floyd and Rider's John Yocum cruised through five shutout innings before the Broncs' four-run sixth. Rider had just two runners in scoring position in the first five innings, and Youngstown State did not have any.

Rider's Harrison McClure walked on a full count to start the top of the sixth, and, after a fielder's choice, Mike Volaski's RBI double to center broke the scoreless tie. Tyler Kaiser walked as Floyd's last batter, and Jesse Slinger allowed a single and a walk as Rider went ahead 2-0. Brian Uliana then hit a bouncing single up the middle off Joe King, YSU's third pitcher of the inning, to plate two more runs and make the score 4-0.

The Broncs added two more runs in the seventh on another bases-loaded walk and an error.

The first two Penguins reached to start the bottom of the ninth, but a 6-4-3 double play helped Rider preserve the shutout.

Andrew Kendrick and Anthony Rohan both had two hits for Youngstown State. Volaski went 4-for-5 to lead Rider.

Floyd was charged with three runs on seven hits in 5-1/3 innings, and the Penguins used five relief pitchers. One run went on Slinger's record, and the two runs in the seventh came against Gino DiVincenzo.

Yocum struck out six and allowed five hits over six innings to earn his fourth win of the season.

Youngstown State's final game of the 2017 season will be at noon on Saturday at Eastwood Field. The Penguins will salute their seniors at 11:30 a.m.