The Wright State baseball team erased an early 3-0 deficit with four in the second to take the lead for good and went on to a 7-5 win over Dayton Wednesday night at Nischwitz Stadium.
Dayton scored three in the first on a bases-loaded double by Ryan Berry and it stayed that way until WSU went up to stay with four in the second. With one out, Mark Fowler was hit by a pitch and after he stole second and Sam Picchiotti walked, both runners moved into scoring position on steals. A balk allowed Fowler to score and Justin Kopale made it 3-2 with a hit to left.
An error and a walk to Michael Timm loaded the bases for Garrett Gray, who delivered a two-run single up the middle to give Wright State a 4-3 advantage.
The Raiders added another run in the third on a squeeze by Kopale, one in the fifth as Picchiotti doubled in Jeff Limbaugh and one more in the sixth on another Flyer error to extend the margin to 7-3.
Dayton (7-25-1) scored twice in the ninth on a two-run single to left by Jared Broughton, but WSU reliever Travis Hissong retired Robby Sunderman on a fly ball to right to end the game.
E.J. Trapino (1-1) went four innings in picking up his first collegiate win, striking out three. After giving up two hits in the first, Trapino, Logan Blair, Cody Kopilchack, Trevor Swaney and Hissong held the Flyers hitless until the ninth. The quintet combined for 10 strikeouts.
Offensively, Gray and Kopale each had two hits and two RBI, with Greene and Limbaugh each scoring twice.
Wright State (17-18) is slated to face Horizon League leader Milwaukee for a three-game series on the road this weekend, but with the Panthers having not played a home game yet this season due to bad weather and poor field conditions, the schedule and site of the contests may be changed. Check with wsuraiders.com for the latest updates.