Klein, Dosch Lead Baseball to Split at Wright State

Phil Klein
Phil Klein

Dayton, Ohio -- Phil Klein pitched seven strong innings, and Drew Dosch paced the offense with four hits as the Youngstown State baseball team earned a doubleheader split at Wright State's Nischwitz Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Penguins won game two 7-3, and Wright State won the opener 8-2.

Klein, who is on one of the hottest streaks of his career, gave the Penguins a solid start for the third straight week. He held Wright State, which scored 21 runs in the first two games of the series, to three runs on six hits while striking out six in seven innings. He has allowed five runs in 20 innings over his last three starts.

"Phil did a great job of keeping us in the game, and we got some key hits," YSU head coach Rich Pasquale said. "It would have been easy for us to lay down after last night's loss and losing game one today, but we had energy in game two and made good defensive plays. That was huge. The team stayed together and kept encouraging each other."

Klein improved to 2-3 with the victory, and Padraic Williams earned his third save by throwing 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

The Penguins got a two-out run on a bases-loaded walk in the second to go up 1-0, but Wright State scored twice off Klein without recording a hit in the bottom half to take the lead. WSU's runs came on an infield error and a double steal.

Neither team scored over the next three innings, and Youngstown State reclaimed the lead with two runs in the sixth. Jeremy Banks hit a leadoff single, and an error put runners on second and third with nobody out. Dosch followed with a two-run single up the middle to make the score 3-2.

The Penguins then erupted for four runs on six hits in the seventh to go up 7-2. Williams and Banks both singled, and a wild pitch put them on second and third with nobody out. Williams scored on Joe Iacobucci's sacrifice fly, and, following a Dosch single, Neil Schroth came up with a clutch two-out, two-run single. Schroth then stole second and scored on Craig Goubeaux's single.

The Raiders got a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Klein handed the ball off to the bullpen for the final two innings. Wright State loaded the bases with one out off Bill Turosky, but Williams came on and got Tristan Moore to fly into a double play to Iacobucci to end the inning with the lead still at four. Williams retired the Raiders in order in the ninth.

Dosch was 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs, and Banks, Schroth and Goubeaux all had two hits.

Max Friedman was charged with the loss, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings of work. Wright State had won 12 straight over YSU dating back to March 20, 2009.

In the opener, Wright State scored three runs on five hits in the first inning and never trailed. The Raiders then added a run in the second to go up 4-0.

YSU scored twice in the third when Armani Johnson scored on Williams' ground out and Banks scored on Dosch's single to make the score 4-2.. Wright State, though, scored twice in the third and two more in the fifth for the final score.

The Penguins managed 12 hits in the game but stranded 10 runners. Dosch and Banks had three hits apiece, and Phil Lipari had two.

Kevin McCulloh was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits in three innings. Michael Woytek allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings to earn the win for Wright State.

Jake Hibberd had four hits, and four other Raiders had two hits apiece.

Youngstown State is scheduled to play Walsh at Cene Park on Tuesday. First pitch in Struthers is set for 3 p.m.