Down 2-0 in the first, the Wright State baseball team scored in three straight innings, including three in the fourth, and held on from there for a 5-3 Horizon League win over Youngstown State Friday night at Nischwitz Stadium.
Like Thursday night's contest, the Penguins took an early lead with two runs in the top of the first, but, unlike that game, the Raiders came back to tie the score with single runs in the second and third. WSU's run in the second came on a Justin Kopale sacrifice fly and the run in the third was a result of a Kieston Greene double to right center, a Michael Timm sacrifice and a Garrett Gray ground out.
Wright State then took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth. Mark Fowler started the rally with a bunt single and after Jeff Limbaugh was hit by a pitch, both runners moved into scoring position on a Kopale bunt. Beau Phillips then smacked a double just past the third baseman down the left field line to drive in Fowler and Limbaugh and Cody Gardner followed with a hit through the left side to plate Phillips.
Youngstown State tallied an unearned run in the seventh, but could get no closer as Travis Hissong pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in that inning and gave up just a single in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season.
Starter Joey Hoelzel (1-2) earned the win, going 6.1 innings with five strikeouts.
Greene, Fowler, Limbaugh and Phillips each had two hits to pace the Raider attack.
Wright State (9-13, 4-4 Horizon) and Youngstown State (6-18, 2-3 Horizon) will play the rubber game of the weekend set Saturday at 2:00.