Baseball Opens Home Schedule vs. Milwaukee This Weekend

Andrew Kendrick
Andrew Kendrick
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After five weeks on the road to start the season, Youngstown State will finally open the home portion of its schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Milwaukee. The Penguins and Panthers will start their series on Friday at 3 p.m., and they will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m. YSU played its first 17 games of the season on the road, and 19 of the next 25 will be played at Eastwood Field.

Youngstown State will try to carry momentum from an 8-5 come-from-behind win at Ohio on Tuesday into this weekend. The Penguins led 3-0 after an inning, and they scored three runs in the eighth and another in the ninth after the Bobcats had gone up 5-4. Billy Salem had three hits and scored the tying run, and Kyle Benyo's first career homer provided the go-ahead runs in the eighth. The Penguins have won three straight non-conference games dating back to March 12 when they swept a doubleheader at Missouri. YSU, though, will be looking for its first Horizon League win after being swept at Wright State last weekend.

Salem has been the Penguins' top hitter through 17 games with a .299 batting average and a .373 on-base percentage. Fellow senior Akron transfer Gerrad Rohan is hitting .288, which is second on the squad, and Lorenzo Arcuri is having his best year so far with a .258 average and six stolen bases. Nico Padovan is hitting .276 over 29 at bats, and he was the Horizon League Batter of the Week following the Missouri series. The other 14 hitters who have stepped to the plate are hitting .200 or lower, which the Penguins are hoping improves as the weather warms and the schedule shifts heavily to Eastwood Field.

YSU will keep the same trio in the weekend rotation for the sixth weekend of the season. Junior left-hander Joe King will start Friday's home opener, and junior righty Jeremy Quinlan and freshman southpaw Collin Floyd will start in Saturday's doubleheader. King leads the squad with 26.2 innings, but he's still looking for his first victory despite holding opposing hitters to a 2.38 average. Quinlan and Floyd both have one win, and closer Kevin Yarabinec has the other three.

YSU will play at Penn State on Tuesday before another Horizon League home series against UIC next weekend.

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