O'Brien Provides Strong Start Before Austin Peay Pulls Away for 8-2 Win

Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien

Clarksville, Tenn. -- The Youngstown State baseball team got its best effort from a starting pitcher this season, but Austin Peay scored seven runs off the bullpen in an 8-2 win on Friday at Raymond C. Hand Park.

YSU starter Patrick O’Brien allowed just one run in four innings, but an injury caused him to have an early exit before the fifth inning started.

After O’Brien handed the ball off to the bullpen, the Governors scored three runs in the fifth to go up 4-0. YSU’s Phil Lipari singled in Jeremy Banks to cut the margin to 4-1 in the top of the sixth, but APSU scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to blow the game open.

Banks finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, and six Penguins recorded one hit. Greg Bachman had three of Austin Peay’s 11 hits, and Reed Harper drove in three runs.

The Governors’ run in the second came after an error on a double-play ball to second, and O’Brien got a strikeout to escape a two-out jam to end the third. He retired Austin Peay in order in the fourth, but Ryan Krokos had to relieve him prior to the fifth. He allowed three runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning before Russ Harless got the final out.

With the score 4-0, Banks and Marcus Heath led off the sixth with back-to-back singles for YSU. APSU starter Ryan Quick got Jake Kucek to ground into a double play, but he walked David Leon and allowed an RBI single to Leon. The Governors then scored four runs on three hits and three walks in the bottom of the sixth.

The final run came in the seventh when Dosch reached on a wild pitch, stole second and scored on Banks’ single up the middle.

O’Brien was the hard-luck loser, and Erik Okleson held APSU scoreless in the seventh and eighth. Quick earned the win, allowing one run on six hits and four walks in six innings.

Youngstown State will play Akron on Saturday at noon Eastern at Austin Peay.