Baseball team struggles at the plate, scores one run in game

The Bowling Green baseball team was unable to build on its early scoring on Tuesday.

In a midweek game with Youngstown State — bridging the gap until a three-game series with first-place Central Michigan this weekend — the Falcons got on the board early with a quick first inning run.

This was all they could get.

Kory Brown and Brian Bien both got on to start the game, as Trey Keegan grounded into a double play allowing Brown to score the first run

But the Falcons, despite getting base runners, were unable to push across any more runs in a 5-1 loss to YSU.

“I thought we missed some opportunities early on to score some runs and maybe put some pressure on Youngstown State,” said head coach Danny Schmitz. “However, we must bounce back, put this behind us, and focus on this weekend’s important series at CMU.”

Youngstown State then settled in and began its own scoring.

A two-RBI double got the scoring started for YSU off of recent midweek starter Jevon Boyd.

Boyd held the Penguins in check for the next two innings before surrendering two more runs in the fifth inning.

Brett Fitzwater came on in relief, but conceded another run in the sixth inning, forcing the Falcons to fall behind, 5-1.

Devin Daugherty, Kody Brown and Tony Landi kept the Penguins off the board through the final 2.2 innings, but the offense just couldn’t seem to find its groove throughout the game.

Just two starters, Brian Bien [2] and Hunter Clanin [1], registered hits on the day. This was half of the hits for BG, as the Falcons knocked just six total hits off the four pitchers deployed by YSU.

However, BG wasn’t silent at the plate.

Striking out just two times, the Falcons routinely put the ball in play, YSU just made the plays to keep BG off the bases. And when BG was getting on base, they could not execute timely hitting, leaving seven guys on base.

The hitless performance from freshman Randy Righter ultimately ended his team-leading — and the team’s longest — eight-game hitting streak.

Now the Falcons prepare to return to Mid-American Conference play as they travel to Central Michigan to take on the first-place Chippewas.

CMU sits atop the West division with a 12-3 MAC record, which is also good for best in the entire MAC. The Chippewas also hold the best overall record of the 12 MAC teams with a 27-13 record, including a current two-game winning streak.