Baseball Defeats Taylor in Home Opener
Release: Thursday 03/07/2012 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

The Wright State baseball team rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat NAIA nationally-ranked Taylor 6-3 in the home opener Wednesday night at Nischwitz Stadium.

The Trojans scored single runs in the first and second innings to go up 2-0 before the Raiders tied it up in the bottom of the second.  A Sam Picchiotti hit and a Justin Kopale walk resulted in a bunt attempt for Kyle Mossbarger, who reached second on a throwing error as Kopale went to third and Picchiotti scored.  Kody Krizman then plated Kopale with a sacrifice fly to left.

WSU took the lead for good in the third as Ryan Ashe doubled to left center, went to third on a Picchiotti ground out and scored as Kopale reached on an error by the third baseman.

Wright State rounded out its scoring with three in the fourth.  With two out and Michael Timm on first via a hit, Ashe beat out a slow roller to the third baseman for a hit and Jake Hibberd drove in Timm with a double to left.  Tristan Moore followed with a double to right to plate Ashe and Hibberd and make it 6-2.

Taylor tallied a run in the fifth, but could get no closer as the Raider pitching of Tanner Howell, Luke Mamer and Andrew Elliott shut out the Trojans the rest of the way on just two hits.  Elliott picked up his first collegiate save in relief of starter Joey Hoelzel (1-2).

Offensively, Ashe finished with three hits and two runs scored while Picchiotti had two hits and Moore two RBI.

Wright State (4-6) continues the homestand this weekend with a three-game series against Southeast Missouri State.  The Raiders and Redhawks are scheduled to meet in single games on Friday (5:00), Saturday (2:00) and Sunday (1:00).

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