The Youngstown State baseball team will play nine of its next 10 games on the road, starting with contests at Akron and Canisius this week. The Penguins will play at Akron on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Canal Park, the home of the Akron RubberDucks, and they'll play at Canisius on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Live stats will be available for both games, and there will be live video for Tuesday's game against the Zips.
Youngstown State has won three of its last four games overall and has earned non-conference wins over Pittsburgh and Kent State this month. The Penguins took two of three games from Oakland over the weekend, winning 5-4 on Thursday and 5-0 on Saturday with a 4-1 loss in between. Kris Moules hit a walk-off single that scored Kevin Hix in Thursday's win, and Nic Manuppelli led a strong pitching effort in Saturday's shutout. Mike Accardi led the Penguins with a .429 batting average last week while Alex Larivee stayed hot with a .400 average. Nick DiNello drove in three runs in Saturday's win.
Larivee, a freshman from Sacramento, Calif., is batting .340 overall and .378 against Horizon League opponents, and he's reached base safely in 11 consecutive games. David Saluga is hitting .310 over 42 at bats, and Jason Shirley is hitting .300 over 60 at bats. Phil Lipari leads the club with three home runs, 17 runs scored and 16 RBIs, and Brent Gillespie has nine doubles.
Jeremy Quinlan is slated to start against Akron on Tuesday, and Ryan Krokos is the probable starter for Wednesday's contest at Canisius. Quinlan has not pitched since making his first start against Kent State on April 8. He allowed two runs on four hits in four innings in a no decision, and YSU ended up rallying late for a 7-4 win. Krokos also hasn't pitched in several weeks with his last appearance coming on April 2 against Pittsburgh.
Akron had won six straight games before being swept at home against Bowling Green over the weekend. The Zips will start senior right-hander Joe Cochran against the Penguins. The Golden Griffins enter this week with a 22-14 record and ranking 12th in the country in batting average at .307.
Youngstown State will open a three-game series at Milwaukee on Friday.