Youngstown -- The Youngstown State baseball team will continue its spring trip on Wednesday with one game against in-state rival Xavier. The game will be played at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio, at 3 p.m.
The Penguins are coming off their best weekend at the plate, averaging just under six runs per game at Tennessee Tech. In fact, YSU's 17 runs in the three-game series against the Golden Eagles was more than double what the Penguins had scored in their first eight games combined. YSU was swept by Tennessee Tech, falling 10-6, 13-7 and 5-4 in 11 innings.
Jonathan Crist, Phil Lipari and Joe Iacobucci all had strong weekends at the plate at TTU. Crist was 2-fo4-5 and walked twice, Lipari was 3-for-8 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Iacobucci was 3-for-10 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Lipari is batting a team-high .261 and leads the Penguins with five RBIs.
The Penguins have been playing well defensively with just one error in the last seven games. YSU's last error came in the third inning at Cincinnati on March 6. That was YSU's lone miscue since the fourth inning at the College of Charleston on Feb. 26.
Freshman right-hander Nic Manuppelli is scheduled to make his first collegiate start on Wednesday against the Musketeers. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has pitched out of the bullpen in five of YSU's 12 games. He has a 11.05 ERA with 11 walks and six strikeouts in 7.1 innings.
Xavier has won seven straight games to up its record to 9-6 overall. The Musketeers have outscored their opponents 66-18 over the past seven games and posted a .338 batting average.
John McCambridge leads XU with a .460 batting average, and Ben Thomas is tops in RBIs (22) and home runs (4). Thomas is also scheduled to start on the mound against YSU.
After Wednesday's game, the Penguins will head to Pittsburgh for four games over the weekend at the PSC Panther Classic. YSU's first game will be against Toledo on Friday at 3 p.m.