Penguins Drop Eastwood/Series Opener to Butler

Joe Iacobucci
Joe Iacobucci

Niles -- The Youngstown State baseball team waited out a two-hour rain delay to play its first game of the year at Eastwood Field, but the Penguins failed to muster any offensive momentum dropping the series opener 15-1 to Butler on Friday.

The Bulldogs (12-13 overall and 4-3 in the Horizon League) scored multiple runs in the third, fifth,  sixth, seventh and ninth innings while pitcher Dom Silvestri kept the Penguins at bay throughout his eight-plus innings of work. YSU falls to 6-20 overall and 1-3 in league play.

Senior leftfielder Joe Iacobucci led the YSU offensive effort with two hits and a walk. The Guins avoided the shutout scoring their lone run in the ninth.

Butler plated 11 of its 15 runs with two outs. Leading the 17-hit outing for the Bulldogs was Luke Duncan who had four hits and scored four runs while Grant Fillipitch had three hits, knocked in four runs and also scored three times.

Butler picked up two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh when Fillipitch's doubled deep to centerfield scoring Duncan and Zach Sizemore. Fillipitch then came home on a base hit by Letzter.

In the sixth, the Bulldogs plated three runs. With one out, Fillipitch doubled home Duncan and with two outs, Mike Hoscheit's double scored Hladek and Fillipitch.

In the fifth, Butler increased its lead to 6-0. Duncan opened the inning with a double to center and came around to score on a base hit to right by Fillipitch. The other three runs came with two outs. Hoscheit doubled home Fillipitch and after Blake Aquadro hit Corey Moylan on full count, Sizemore tripled to deep left center on an 0-2 pitch to plate two.

Butler drew first blood when Nick Hladek singled home Andrew Eckhardt with one out in the top of the third. Hoscheit's fly out to centerfield scored Duncan.

Aquadro (0-4) pitched 4.2 innings allowing six runs on nine hits while striking out a season-high six while Silvestri evened his record at 2-2 for the campaign allowing just seven hits while striking out three.

YSU threatened in both the third and fourth innings. The Penguins left the bases loaded in the third and had back-to-back singles with two outs in the fourth, but stranded two.

In the eighth, YSU again had two on against Silvestri, but he worked out of the jam by striking out Armani Johnson and Chris Mitko.

The Penguins and Bulldogs complete their three-game series on Saturday at Eastwood Field. First pitch for game one is set for Noon. Follow the action on the Horizon League Network.