Friday's Series Opener With UIC Moved to 3 p.m.

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Schedule update: Friday's series opener between the Youngstown State baseball team and UIC has been moved up to a 3 p.m. start time due to unfavorable weather later in the forecast. Saturday's start time has also been moved to noon. First pitch on Sunday remains unchanged.

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The Youngstown State baseball team will begin a home-heavy April schedule as it hosts UIC in a three-game series this weekend at Eastwood Field. The Penguins and Flames are scheduled to play at 3 p.m. on Friday, noon on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

Youngstown State will play 15 of its 20 this month at home, and the Penguins are hoping Eastwood Field will bring them good fortune starting this weekend. YSU enters the series against the Flames hoping to snap a four-game skid, and the Penguins are trying to win their first Horizon League contest after being swept in the first two weekends. For the year, YSU is 5-16 overall, which includes two wins at Missouri, and 0-6 in Horizon League play.

Junior right-hander Jeremy Quinlan was a bright spot for the Penguins last weekend as he held Milwaukee to one run on three hits in a hard-luck loss. Quinlan did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh, and the run he allowed came on a bloop double and a seeing-eye single in the eighth. Quinlan struck out a career-high eight batters.

Offensively, Kyle Benyo has been swinging a hot bat as of late with a .360 average over his last eight games with 10 hits in 25 at bats. He hit his first career home run last week at Ohio to help the Penguins rally in the final two innings, and he went 4-for-4 in the opener against Milwaukee. Seniors Gerrad Rohan (.292) and Billy Salem (.286) continue to post the team's top batting averages, and Andrew Kendrick has a team-high two homers. Lorenzo Arcuri is hitting .244 with a team-best nine runs scored and seven steals.

Quinlan will stay YSU's game-two starter this weekend, and he'll be preceded once again in the opener by Joe King. King is tied with Quinlan for the team lead with 32.2 innings, and he has allowed three earned runs in each of his first two conference starters. Youngstown State's starter for Sunday has not been announced.

UIC will be looking to end a five-game losing streak this weekend. The Flames opened Horizon League play two weekends ago and went 2-1 against Oakland, and their losses came in a midweek game at Notre Dame and a four-game series at Michigan last weekend. UIC leads the conference with 20 home runs, and it is in the top three in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. UIC's projected rotation is RHP Ian Lewandowski, LHP Jake Dahlberg and RHP Connor Ryan.

Next week, YSU will host its first midweek game of the season before playing its first Horizon League road series. The Penguins will host Toledo on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and they'll begin a three-game series at Oakland on Friday.

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