Penguins Finally Open Home Slate Against Panthers, Flames

YSU opens a four-game homestand.
YSU opens a four-game homestand.

The Youngstown State baseball team will begin a four-game homestand starting today against Pittsburgh at Eastwood Field.

The Penguins will play their home opener against the Panthers today at three o'clock. The home stand will continue on Friday with a weekend series with UIC starting at 5:30 p.m. followed with a Saturday game at 2 p.m. and a Sunday afternoon game starting at noon.

The Panthers enter today's game at Eastwood with a 10-12 overall mark.

The Flames, who play host to Northern Illinois today, will carry a 4-2 league mark into the weekend. UIC took two-out-of-three games from Oakland last weekend after taking two-of-three Valparaiso earlier in the year.

The Guins' are 5-11 overall and 1-5 in the Horizon League. YSU has won two straight non conference games and is coming off a come-from-behind 8-7 win over Akron.

YSU had success against the Flames at Eastwood last year winning twice in May 2014. The Penguins won the first two games of the series by scores of 9-8 and 2-1 before dropping the series finale.

Sophomore right-hander Jeremy Quinlan is scheduled to start the UIC series Friday. Quinlan is 2-2 this season with a 6.05 ERA with 16 strikeouts. Junior right-hander D.J. Carr to open on Saturday and senior right-hander Josh North is to start Sunday to complete the series.

Junior Frank Califano has been the Penguins top hitter with a .328 average and a .403 on base percentage. Califano went 3-for-5 against Bowling Green and had three RBIs and a run score. Sophomore Alex Larivee homered and had an RBI single to help YSU win at Bowling Green. Larivee is hitting a .302 average this season with three homers. 

After this weekend, Youngstown State will head back on the road to play at Kent State on Tuesday at 3 p.m.