Leading 3-1 after three innings, the Wright State baseball team exploded for eight runs over the middle three frames and went on to a 15-3 Horizon League win at Youngstown State Friday afternoon.
The Raiders jumped out to a quick lead with three runs in the first. Jake Hibberd led off with a single down the left field line and, one out later, Tristan Moore hit his seventh home run of the season to left to make it 2-0. Back-to-back hits from Ryan Ashe and Garrett Gray put runners on the corners and Corey Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to left to plate Ashe with the third run.
Youngstown State scored a run of its own in the first and it stayed that way until WSU tacked on three more runs in the fourth. After Gray started the inning with a double to left, Davis singled him in and later scored as Michael Timm tripled to center. Kyle Mossbarger then hit a fly ball to left and Timm scored as the throw towards the plate went wild.
A Gray ground out drove in Moore in the fifth and the lead grew to 11-1 in the sixth with four more runs, including a two-run Moore sacrifice fly.
Wright State rounded out its scoring in the ninth, again tallying four runs, as Justin Kopale and Mossbarger had RBI singles, Sam Picchiotti a sacrifice fly and another run coming in on a wild pitch.
Taylor Braun (6-1) earned the win for the Raiders, going seven innings in holding YSU to one run and three hits while striking out five. Offensively, Moore had two hits, four RBI and two runs scored while Hibberd had three hits and two runs scored and Davis two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Ashe, Gray and Mossbarger each added two hits.
Wright State (34-16, 18-7 Horizon) continues the three-series against the Penguins with a single game Saturday at 1:00.