Penguins Drop Opener at Fresno State, 8-3

Jared Wight (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Jared Wight (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Fresno State scored the final seven runs and got 15 strikeouts from its pitchers in an 8-3 victory over the Youngstown State baseball team on Friday evening Pete Beiden Field.

The Bulldogs improved to 5-0 with the victory, and the Penguins dropped to 1-3 with the loss in the first of four games in Fresno.

Both teams struggled in the field and combined for six errors. Billy Salem had a pair of singles, which accounted for YSU's only two hits in the game.

Joe Prior doubled in Kevin Viers in the bottom of the second to give Fresno State a 1-0 lead, and all of YSU's runs came in the top of the third without a hit in the inning.

Jonny Miller and Lorenzo Arcuri walked to start the third, and Miller came in on the first of two Fresno State errors in the inning. Arcuri came in on Salem's RBI groundout, and Alex Larivee scored the third run when Andrew Kendrick reached on a two-out error.

Fresno State tied the score in the bottom of the third after back-to-back leadoff walks and an error, and two infield singles and a costly error accounted for two runs in the fifth that made the score 5-3.

Ryan Dobson tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth, and Viers and Prior had run-scoring hits that put the Bulldogs up 8-3 in the seventh.

Fresno State starting pitcher Ricky Tyler Thomas struck out 11 batters in six innings, and the only hit he allowed was a two-out single to Salem in the first inning.

YSU starter Jeremy Quinlan allowed five runs on six hits in five innings, and he was followed by three relievers. Jared Wight surrendered the run in the sixth, and Ryan Smith gave up the two in the seventh. Austin Cooper pitched a scoreless eighth in his Penguins debut.

Youngstown State and Fresno State will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 5:05 p.m. Eastern.

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