The Youngstown State baseball team split a pair of decisions against UIC on Saturday afternoon at Eastwood Field, winning 9-1 in the continuation of a game that started on Friday and losing 15-1 in the originally scheduled game.
The Penguins held a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Friday night's game was suspended due to rain, and they added three runs to that for the final margin.
Alex Larivee went 4-for-5 with three runs scored in the suspended game as Youngstown State set season highs with 15 hits and nine runs. Seven of YSU's nine starters registered hits.
On Friday, the Penguins scored the game's first five runs, and YSU and UIC both scored in the sixth before the game was suspended due to rain with two outs in the bottom of the inning.
When the game resumed Saturday morning, Larivee immediately singled home Lorenzo Arcuri, who had doubled right before the rain hit on Friday, and the Penguins scored once in both the seventh and eighth innings. Andrew Kendrick singled and scored on a Trey Bridis sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Larivee doubled and came in on Kendrick's double in the eighth.
In the second game of the day, UIC scored in each of the first five innings to take control early. The Flames scored once in the first, twice in the second and three times in the third to go up 6-0.
Salem singled in Bridis in the third for YSU's lone run of the game, and the Flames answered by scoring three times in the top of the fourth and three more runs in the fifth. UIC added two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth for the final tally.
Johnny Miller, playing in his first game in nearly a month because of an injury, went 2-for-2 for the Penguins in the second game.
Youngstown State and UIC will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at noon.