Baseball Begins Final Stretch with Road Doubleheaders this Weekend

Baseball Begins Final Stretch with Road Doubleheaders this Weekend
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The Youngstown State baseball team will begin a busy final stretch to the regular season this weekend when it plays a pair of Horizon League road doubleheaders. The Penguins will play two games at Milwaukee on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., and they'll head to Chicago for another doubleheader at UIC on Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday's games will be broadcast on ESPN3.

YSU did not play any midweek games to focus on final exams, and its last action came on May 1 against Canisius. The Penguins took one game out of the three-game non-conference series with the Golden Griffins, an 8-4 victory in the second game on April 30. YSU lost the opener 4-2 in 10 innings, and Canisius took the series with a 10-2 victory on Sunday. Earlier last week Youngstown State shut out Bowling Green 2-0, and the Penguins are 3-3 in their last six games, which were all at Eastwood Field.

Lorenzo Arcuri heads into this weekend riding a five-game hitting streak, and he was the Penguins' top hitter last week with a .375 batting average. He was 6-for-16 with five runs scored, a pair of doubles and two stolen bases atop the lineup. Gerrad Rohan owns the team's top average at .282, and Andrew Kendrick is next at .271. They both have a team-high 18 RBIs. Alex Larivee has scored a team-high 20 runs, and Arcuri has stolen 11 bases.

Juniors Joe King and Jeremy Quinlan will take the mound for the Penguins against Milwaukee, and Collin Floyd and Michael Semonsen will pitch at UIC on Sunday. Floyd is coming off the best start of his career as he pitched seven shutout innings against Canisius in a hard-luck no decision last Friday. Floyd surrendered just four hits and two walks while striking out nine batters, and he left with a 2-0 lead. Semonsen has not allowed an earned run in his last nine innings.

While the Penguins are coming off a nine-game home stand and a stretch in which they played 12 out of 13 at home, YSU concludes its regular season by playing 11 of its final 14 games on the road. The Penguins play six straight games on the road – two at Milwaukee, two at UIC and one each at Pittsburgh and Bowling Green – over a five-day span.

YSU hosts the first of two Kids Day games on Friday at 11 a.m. against Valparaiso in a Horizon League doubleheader. The Penguins' four seniors – Jonny Miller, Rohan, Billy Salem and Jared Wight – will be honored between games.

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