Penguins Suffer Pair of 5-1 Setbacks to UIC on Sunday Afternoon

Neil Schroth
Neil Schroth

Niles, Ohio -- The Youngstown State baseball team dropped a pair of 5-1 contests to UIC on Sunday afternoon at Eastwood Field.  In game one, YSU led early before UIC scored the final five runs. In game two, the Flames scored the first five runs en route to the win.

With the pair of victories, UIC improves to 22-18 overall and 11-7 in the Horizon League. YSU drops to 11-30 on the season and 6-9 in the HL.

The Flames opened game two with three straight doubles to get the jump on the Guins. Nick Addison open the contest with a double, Alex De Larosa followed with an RBI double and Jason Ganek proceeded to double inside the third-base bag to score De Larosa. Ganek came home three batters later on a one-out groundout to shortstop by Andy Leonard.

YSU starter Bill Turosky (0-2) settled down after the first keeping the Flames off the board until the top of the sixth. UIC's Joey Begel pitched eight strong innings to improve to 3-2 on the season.

In the sixth, Matt Serna singled with one out and stole second before Jon Ryan followed with a walk. Leonard cleared the bases driving in Serna and Ryan with a double down the left field line putting the Flames in front 5-1.

The Penguins struck for a run in the bottom of the inning when Armani Johnson scored on a Neil Schroth sacrifice fly.

Turosky allowed five runs, all earned, while striking out three in 5.2 innings of work.

In game one, the Penguins jumped out in front 1-0 in the bottom of the third. With one out, David Leon reached on an error by Serna. Neil Schroth followed with an RBI-triple scoring Leon. YSU had runners at first and third, but the Flames worked out of the jam with an inning-ending 3-6-1 double play.

In the fourth, the Guins committed two miscues on one play. After Serna was hit by a Phil Klein pitch, Ryan was content to sacrifice the runner over. However, on his bunt to third, Drew Dosch tried to cut down Serna at second base, but his throw went into the outfield. As the play continued, Johnson's throw wasn't handled by the infield and Serna came home to score with Ryan moving up to third. With the infield in, Leonard singled up the middle scoring Ryan putting the Flames in front 2-1.

UIC picked up three insurance runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Josh Nevers walked and Addison followed with a double. De Larosa walked to load the bases. A second consecutive walk plated Nevers then Serna's bunt singles scored Addison. The final run came when De Larosa scored on a Klein wild pitch.

Klein (4-4) pitched 6.2 innings, scattering five hits and allowing three earned runs while striking out three.

YSU returns to Eastwood Field on Tuesday night when they play host to Allegheny. The Penguins return to Horizon League play next Friday when they entertain Milwaukee.