Baseball to Play at Ohio State, Open Home Schedule vs. Akron

Pat Shedlock
Pat Shedlock

The Youngstown State baseball team will play at Ohio State this afternoon and try for its first home game of the season on Wednesday against Akron. First pitch against the Buckeyes is 6:35 p.m., and the Penguins and Zips will start at 3 p.m. at Eastwood Field tomorrow.

YSU is playing at Ohio State for the first time since 2002. The Penguins travel to Columbus as winners of three of their last four contests, including taking two of three games at Wright State last weekend. YSU is 7-18 overall and 3-3 in Horizon League play under first-year head coach Steve Gillispie.

The Buckeyes have a 16-8 record despite losing two of three to Michigan State over the weekend. Ohio State had won seven of its previous eight contests before the series against the Spartans. Right-hander Brett McKinney (2-3, 3.22 ERA) will pitch for Ohio State against YSU left-hander Blake Aquaro (2-3, 4.36 ERA). Aquadro earned the win at Wright State on Thursday, holding the Raiders to one run on six hits in seven innings. Aquadro will be on a pitch count today as he is projected to be YSU's starter on Friday against Milwaukee.

Akron enters this week with a 4-20 mark and will host Pittsburgh prior to coming to Eastwood Field on Wednesday. The Zips started the season 2-17 before winning back-to-back games at Ball State in their first weekend of MAC play. They were swept by Northern Illinois last weekend. YSU and Akron had a game on March 26 canceled because of snow. Senior right-hander Pat Shedlock will pitch for Youngstown State. Akron has not announced its starter.

YSU had three home games against Chicago State scheduled for March 22-24 canceled earlier this season. As a result, the Penguins have played their first 25 games on the road with tonight's game at Ohio State being the 26th.

Youngstown State will host Horizon League-leading Milwaukee this weekend at Eastwood Field. The Penguins and Panthers will play at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.