Baseball Travels to Kent State, Hosts NKU This Week

Jared Wight
Jared Wight
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Wednesday at Kent St. (6 p.m.) Live Stats Live Audio
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The Youngstown State baseball team will play at Kent State and host a three-game series against Horizon League newcomer Northern Kentucky this weekend. The Penguins and Golden Flashes will play on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Kent, and the three-game series at Eastwood Field against the Norse will start Friday at 5:30 p.m. YSU and NKU will also play at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Penguins will head to Kent State having played just once in the previous nine days and having four of its last five games canceled due to weather. YSU's series finale with UIC on April 3 was snowed out, and the only game that the Penguins played last week was against Toledo on April 6, which resulted in a 6-4 loss. Youngstown State's three-game series at Oakland was canceled before the team left for Michigan.

YSU enters this week with a 6-18 overall record and a 1-7 record in Horizon League play. The Penguins have played just six times at Eastwood Field, but their schedule is extremely home heavy over the next three weeks. After its game at Kent State, the Penguins will play 12 of their next 13 games at home. Of those 12 games, seven are conference contests.

Billy Salem leads the Penguins offensively with a .307 batting average, and Gerrad Rohan and Andrew Kendrick are next at .273 and .260, respectively. All three of those players are newcomers to the program, which has 18 first-year players on the roster. Kendrick is tops with three homers and 14 RBIs, and Lorenzo Arcuri leads the team in runs scored with 12.

Junior right-hander Jeremy Quinlan is slated to start on the mound in two of YSU's four games this week. He will make a condensed start on Wednesday against Kent State as the Penguins look to get several pitchers some work, and he will take his normal turn in the rotation on Saturday against Northern Kentucky. Quinlan allowed six runs in three innings in his last start two weeks ago against UIC, but he had his best start of the year the week before when he held Milwaukee to one run on three hits while striking out a career-high eight batters in eight innings. Junior left-hander Joe King will start the series opener against Northern Kentucky. He's coming off perhaps his best start of the season when he held the Flames to one run over six innings in a win on April 1. Freshman left-hander Collin Floyd will get the start on Sunday.

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