The Jacksonville Sate Gamecocks defeated the Youngstown State Penguins 13-1 in the season opener on Friday afternoon at Rudy Abbott Field.
Both Paschal Petrongolo and Tyler Gamble led the team’s scoring with three runs a piece. Gavin Golsan scored two runs, while Paul Angel, Ryan Sebra, Clayton Daniel, Chase Silvani, and Daniel Gaither each scored a run a piece. Zachary Fowler threw five scoreless innings that included four strikeouts.
The Gamecocks took an early lead on Friday afternoon, scoring six runs in the first inning thanks to four hits and a throwing error by Youngstown State.
The Penguins committed another error in the second inning when Kevin Yarabinec failed to pick off Petrongolo at second base, which allowed him to advance to third where he was later stranded.
Youngstown State finally made it onto the scoreboard in the top of the sixth when a balk by Ryan Sebra allowed catcher Jonny Miller to advance to home from third. This would be the Penguins only run scored during the contest.
Gamble and Petrongolo would both score in the fourth thanks to a two-out hit by Daniel.
In the bottom of the sixth, another two-out hit by Daniel allowed Gamble to cross home and score his third run of the game.
Another throwing error by Youngstown State allowed Silvani to start the scoring in the bottom of the seventh. A center field blast by Petrongolo lifted the Gamecocks to a 13-1 run lead.
Atop the mound, Fowler gave five very impressive innings that included four strikeouts and only two hits. Sebra took over at the top of the sixth. Sebra was replaced with one out left in the top of the eighth, and bases loaded by Justin Hoyt.
Jacksonville State scored 13 runs, got 15 hits, committed no errors, and stranded five men on base in their first game of the 2015 season. Youngstown State scored one run, got four hits, committed five errors, and stranded seven men on base in their first lost.
The Gamecocks and Penguins will meet again to finish their two-game series on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Rudy Abbott Field.