The Youngstown State baseball team begins an eight-game home stand that will stretch the next two weeks when it welcomes Bowling Green to Eastwood Field on Tuesday. First pitch against the Falcons is set for 5:30 p.m.
The Penguins, who have played just 10 times at Eastwood Field up to this point, will play eight home games from April 21 through May 3. YSU will welcome Horizon League leading Wright State this weekend, and it will host Akron and Oakland next week. The Penguins will also host Ohio State on May 12, meaning nine of the team's next 12 games are at Eastwood Field.
Youngstown State has won four of its last five home games, including a 3-0 victory over Kent State on Wednesday. That was the Penguins' first shutout of the Golden Flashes in 36 years. Joe King pitched four innings in the win over Kent State, and he and Jeremy Quinlan both posted quality starts over the weekend in the series at Milwaukee. King allowed three earned runs over 10.2 innings last week, and he's allowed three runs or fewer in four of his five starts.
Offensively, Alex Larivee and Brent Gillespie both hit .333, and Frank Califano batted .300 for YSU. Larivee has reached base in 14 consecutive games dating back to March 31, and Califano had the team's first four-hit game of the season on Sunday at Milwaukee. Califano is batting a team-high .333 for the season, and Larivee is the leader with eight doubles and three home runs.
Bowling Green enters this week with a 14-20 overall record after winning two out of three games against Western Michigan over the weekend. The Falcons are 7-4 in April and have won nine of their last 13 games dating back to March 28. Trey Keegan ranks 13th in the MAC with a .336 batting average, and Brandon Howard has 23 steals to go along with his .307 average. Junior right-hander Jevon Boyd, who has a 0.79 ERA over three appearances, will start for Bowling Green on Tuesday against YSU.
Wright State enters this week with a half-game lead on UIC for the top spot in the Horizon League. The Raiders are 27-10 overall, which leads the conference, and 13-4 in conference play. Wright State took two of three from YSU when the teams played in Dayton two weekends ago.