Baseball Starts League Play at Wright State This Weekend

Shane Willoughby (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Shane Willoughby (Photo by Ron Stevens)
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Coming off an impressive end to the non-conference portion of its schedule, the Youngstown State baseball team will begin Horizon League play with a three-game series at Wright State this weekend. The Penguins and Raiders will play the opener on Friday at 6:30 p.m., another game on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.

Youngstown State had one of its best non-conference weekends in program history last week as it won two of three games at Missouri. The Penguins lost 8-3 in the series opener on Friday, but they won a pair of one-run games, 4-3 and 3-2, in a doubleheader on Saturday. YSU scored twice in the top of the ninth on a Hunter Snyder single and a Lorenzo Arcuri sacrifice fly in the opener. The Penguins held on in the nightcap when Kevin Yarabinec got a Mizzou batter to line into a game-ending double play with two runners on.

Junior Nico Padovan was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week for his performance last week. The third baseman went 5-for-9 at the plate with four runs scored, three walks and a steal. Yarabinec earned the win in YSU's first win at Missouri, and he got the seven-out save in the second victory. The Penguins had not beaten a current SEC team since topping Missouri in 2004 when the Tigers were in the Big 12. YSU's previous true SEC victory came at Kentucky in 1988.

The Penguins will keep their rotation intact for the fifth straight weekend. Junior left-hander Joe King will start the opener against Wright State, and he'll be followed by junior righty Jeremy Quinlan and freshman southpaw Collin Floyd. King, YSU's innings leader, is looking for his first win, and Quinlan and Floyd will both be going for their second victories.

Wright State is 10-7 this season with an impressive victory at #8 North Carolina State and a win at Georgia. Game one starter Jesse Scholtens pitched a perfect game in his last outing to win several national weekly awards.

Youngstown State will play at Ohio on Tuesday before opening its home schedule on Thursday against Milwaukee.

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