April 25, 2008
Contact: Greg Murphy
LORAIN, Ohio - Cleveland State recorded 16 hits, including four homeruns, as the Vikings routed Youngstown State, 19-8, in the series opener on Friday night at The Pipe Yard.
The offensive explosion came just two days after CSU mustered just three hits in a loss to Mount Vernon Nazarene.
"I really challenged the guys and they responded in a big way," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "We came prepared to play and really swung the bats well. We also got some good performances out of the bullpen today. We have to come back tomorrow with the same toughness that we displayed tonight."
The Vikings moved within one game of .500 with the win to 18-19 and moved into a tie for third place with YSU in the Horizon League at 8-6. The Penguins fell to 16-24 overall.
Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit for CSU, while seven players drove in at least one run and all nine starters scored at least one run.
CSU started quickly with two runs in the first inning as Brad Buell singled to leadoff the first and came around to score on a YSU error, the first of five Penguin errors on the evening. Kyle Bischof added an RBI groundout to score Adam Heideman later in the evening.
The Penguins came back with four runs in the third, including a two-run homer from Eric Marzec, to take a 4-2 lead.
However, the Vikings had an answer in the bottom of the third, coming back with four runs of their own. Alex Kerins delivered the big hit with a two-run homer. John Brown contributed an RBI double, while Cash had an RBI triple.
The Vikings then broke the game open in the fourth, scoring seven runs to take a 13-4 lead. The Vikings had four hits in the inning and used a YSU error, two hit batters and two walks for their big inning.
Tom Carter and Buell were hit by pitches to start the inning. Heideman followed with a single to load the bases and was followed by an error on YSU third baseman Sean Lucas that scored Carter and Buell.
The Penguins tried to mount a comeback, using a run in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull within 13-8, but CSU plated six more runs in the eighth to ice the game.
The Vikings sent 10 batters to the plate in the eighth, posting three hits, including a three-run homer to straight away centerfield by Heideman. Cash and Foco also added RBI in the inning.
CSU starter Josh Hungerman was the beneficiary of all the run support, earning the win to improve to 4-2. He went 5.1 innings, giving up eight runs on 13 hits. He did strike out seven.
Josh Page and Joe Iacobucci both went 3-for-5 with two runs to lead the Penguins, while Anthony Porter and Marzec drove in two runs each.
Chuck Schiffhauer (1-3) took the loss for YSU. He lasted three innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits.
The Vikings will conclude their three-game series with YSU with a doubleheader on Saturday (April 26) at the Pipe Yard. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m.