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Baseball Pulls Away for 8-2 Win Over Youngstown State
Release: Tuesday 04/07/2012 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

Up just 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Wright State scored six runs in its final four at bats for an 8-2 Horizon League win over Youngstown State Saturday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.

The Penguins scored a run in the top of the second and threatened for more with the bases loaded, but WSU starter Taylor Braun pitched out of the jam with a ground out. 

In the bottom half of the inning, the Raiders took the lead as after Zach Tanner drew a one-out walk, Garrett Gray followed with his first home run of the season, a two-run blast to left.

It stayed that way, though, until the Wright State offense started to connect against YSU starter Russ Harless.  Justin Kopale hit the first pitch of the inning over the fence in left for his fourth home run of the year to make it 3-1 and WSU added another as Kyle Mossbarger singled to right center, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came in to score on a Corey Davis hit to left.

A Gray RBI single in the sixth extended the margin to 5-1 and the Raiders added two more in the seventh as Ashe singled in Tristan Moore and scored a batter later on a Tanner triple to right center.  WSU's final run came in the eighth as Sam Picchiotti singled, stole second and scored on Jake Hibberd's hit up the middle, extending his hitting streak to 25 games.

After giving up the run in the second, Braun (3-0) did not allow another run in his six innings in earning the win, striking out four in the process. 

Gray paced the Raider offense with two hits and three RBI while Ashe, Kopale and Mossbarger each had two hits.

Wright State (19-10, 10-2 Horizon) puts its 10-game winning streak on the line this week at the Joe Nuxhall Classic in Oxford.  The Raiders will face Cincinnati at 3:00 on Tuesday, April 10, followed by either Miami or Xavier the following day at a time to be determined by Tuesday's results.

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