D.J. Carr pitched a solid 6.2 innings in a spot start and got plenty of run support as the Youngstown State baseball team celebrated Senior Day with a 9-3 win on Sunday at Eastwood Field.
The victory gave the Penguins a series win over the Golden Grizzlies and their third straight Horizon League series win at Eastwood Field.
Carr earned his first win as a Penguin, giving up two runs off of six hits while posting three strikeouts. In the final home league game of their careers, seniors Brent Gillespie and Matt Sullivan both had two hits, and Gillespie scored three times. Frank Califano, Alex Larivee and Lorenzo Arcuri also had two hits, and Califano and Jonny Miller each had two RBIs to help YSU get the win.
The Penguins put up five of their nine runs in the first six innings, scoring one run five different times. Califano tripled to right field and scored on Jason Shirley's RBI single in the first. After Oakland tied the score in the top of the second, Sullivan singled and scored on Califano's fielder's choice to put the Penguins ahead 2-1. YSU put another run up in the bottom of the fourth as Gillespie scored on Califano's RBI single to left.
In the top of the fifth, Larivee homered to left field for his fourth home run of the season, and YSU put up its fifth run in the sixth as Gillespie scored on Kevin Hix's RBI single.
Oakland scored a run in the top of the seventh and loaded the bases with two outs before Ryan Krokos came on to relieve Carr and got Mike Brosseau to fly out on his first pitch.
The Penguins then scored four runs in bottom of the seventh inning to blow the game open. Shane Willoughby walked, and Arcuri was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Miller hit a two-run triple down the right field line, and he later scored on obstruction during a pickle. Gillespie then scored on Sullivan's RBI single to center field to put YSU up 9-2.
Oakland added a run in the top of the ninth for the final tally.
Krokos retired all four batters he faced, and Brad Smith pitched the final inning. Oakland starter Nate Green allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits in 5.2 innings in the los.
The Penguins will be back in action on Friday when it starts a three-game series at Valparaiso.