Niles, Ohio -- The Youngstown State baseball team stranded 11 runners and got hurt by errors and hit batsmen in a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee on Friday evening at Eastwood Field in YSU's home and Horizon League opener.
Penguins pitchers beaned five Panther hitters, and three runs scored as a result. Milwaukee's run in the seventh that broke a 4-4 tie scored after two errors, and the Panthers scored their five runs on just five hits.
YSU catcher Craig Goubeaux nearly matched Milwaukee in the hits column himself. He was 4-for-4, and Drew Dosch added three hits.
Penguins starter Blake Aquadro hit three batters in the second inning, and Milwaukee scored twice to go ahead 2-0. Mark Strey came up with the only hit of the frame, but his two-out single to left plated both runs.
YSU matched Milwaukee with two runs in the bottom of the second on four hits. David Leon singled to start the inning and advanced to second on an error. Kevin Hix sacrificed him to third, and he scored on Goubeaux's single. A Phil Lipari single and a bunt single by Dosch loaded the bases, and Goubeaux scored the tying run on Jason Shirley's fielder's choice.
Jim Lundstrom hit a cue-shot double just inside the first base bag to start the third, and he scored on a Paul Hoenecke ground out to put Milwaukee up 3-2. The Penguins took the lead in the third with three hits, the final of which was a two-run single by Goubeaux.
The Penguins had runners at the corners with one out in the fourth and couldn't score, and the Panthers tied the score in the top of the fifth. Jonathan Capasso was hit on a 1-2 pitch, and he scored on a Hoenecke double.
YSU was its own worst enemy in the seventh when Milwaukee scored the go-ahead run without recording a hit. Hoenecke reached on two-base error by David Leon at second, and he went to third on a sacrifice bunt. With the infield in, Lipari moved to his left to stop a grounder and held Hoenecke at third, but the shortstop's throw to first was wild, and Hoenecke came in to score the eventual winning run.
Goubeaux had a two-out single in the seventh, and that was YSU's last hit. The Penguins went in order in each of the final two innings.
Ten of YSU's 13 hits came int he first four innings.
Kevin McCulloh suffered the loss fot the Penguins as he allowed the unearned run in the seventh. Aquadro allowed four runs on four hits in five innings in a no-decision. Eric Semmelhack earned the win for Milwaukee despite allowing four runs on 12 hits in six innings. Three Panther relievers combined to allow one hit in three shutout innings.
The Penguins and Panthers will play game two of their three-game series on Saturday at 1 p.m.