Errors Hurt Penguins in Rain-Shortened Game at Kent State

Kevin Hix (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Kevin Hix (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Kent, Ohio – Youngstown State allowed six unearned runs in the first inning, and it never was able to recover in a 10-2 loss at Kent State on Wednesday in a rain-shortened, six-inning game at Schoonover Stadium.

Five different Penguins had hits, and Josh White and Kevin Hix had RBIs. Jake Ross was 1-for-2 with a run scored, and Phil Lipari was 1-for-3 with a run.

Eight of Kent State's runs scored off YSU starter Ryan Krokos, but only two of them were earned. After the Golden Flashes scored seven runs on four hits, two walks and two errors in the first, Conner Simonetti's solo homer in the third put them ahead 8-0. Kent State added two more unearned runs in the fifth to take a 10-0 lead.

Both of Youngstown State's runs came in the top of the sixth, and both were unearned. Ross reached on an error to start the inning, and Lipari followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Ross came in on Hix's ground out, and Lipari scored on White's two-out double.

The game was called before the bottom of the sixth began due to rain.

Five different Kent State players had two hits, and three had two RBIs.

Andy Ravel earned the win for the Golden Flashes, holding the Penguins scoreless on three hits while striking out four batters in five innings.

Youngstown State is scheduled to play its home and Horizon League opener on Friday against Milwaukee. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. For the most current weather updates, follow @YSUsports on Twitter.