Senior Ryan Solberg hit one of Milwaukee's three home runs and drove in five runs in the first four innings as the Panthers beat the Youngstown State baseball team 13-3 on Friday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
YSU's Jake Fryman hit a three-run home run for his first career round tripper in the ninth inning. Five other Penguins had hits.
Milwaukee had just two hits in the first inning, but both of them went for two-out, two-run homers. Penguins starter Brendon Shoemake retired the first two batters of the inning, but a walk to Mitch Ghelfi ignited the Panthers. Solberg homered to left a batter later, and Tyler Hermann followed a Pat Wilson single with a homer to left center.
Ghelfi drove in Derek Peake on a sacrifice fly in the second, and Solberg followed with an RBI single to plate Mike Porcaro. Solberg added a two-run single that plated Peake and Ghelfi in the fourth as Milwaukee went ahead 8-0.
The Panthers increased their lead by scoring twice in the fifth, once in the sixth and twice in the seventh.
Milwaukee starter Brian Keller shut out the Penguins and allowed five hits and two walks in seven innings. Zach Brenner pitched a scoreless eighth, and Sam Kohnke threw the ninth.
Shoemake went five innings and allowed 10 runs on 10 hits, and he walked three batters and hit two more. Brad Smith pitched the final three innings allowed was charged with three runs.
The Penguins and Panthers will play game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern.