The Youngstown State baseball team will try to stave off elimination when it takes on No. 2 UIC this morning at the Horizon League Baseball Championship. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.
The sixth-seeded Penguins beat No. 3 Milwaukee 4-2 on Wednesday, but they were sent to the losers' bracket with a 12-0 loss to top-seeded Wright State on Friday evening. UIC lost 11-9 to No. 4 Valparaiso before eliminating Milwaukee just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday with a 1-0 win.
The winner of today's contest will play another elimination game at 7 p.m. against the loser of the winners' bracket final contest between Wright State and Valparaiso.
YSU will have plenty of motivation for revenge against the Flames. UIC defeated Youngstown State in all five meetings during the regular season, including a three-game sweep last week to wrap up the regular season. UIC also eliminated YSU from the tournament last year.
Youngstown State will send sophomore left-hander Bill Turosky to the mound, and UIC will counter with sophomore Tim Suminski. Turosky went 1-2 with a 6.21 ERA during the regular season. He allowed four earned runs in six innings against the Flames eight days ago. Suminski will be making his first start of the season after 17 relief appearances. He allowed two runs in 1.1 innings against the Penguins over two relief appearances last week.