MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Youngstown State scored eight runs in the first four innings and got a solid effort from the bullpen to defeat Morehead State 9-4 Thursday.
Erich Diedrich and Charles Schultz both homered for the Penguins (3-9), who have collected at least 10 hits in five of the last six games.
Schultz, J.D. Hannan and Josh Page each had two hits, while Diedrich's home run extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
YSU starter Eric Shaffer earned his second win of the season, allowing four runs in six innings. Kevin Libeg and Ryan Sellman combined to throw three scoreless innings of relief. Libeg did not allow a hit and struck out five in two innings.
Clay Muntz took his first career loss for Morehead State, allowing eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.
On Wednesday, Morehead State won 16-13.
Diedrich had four singles and four RBIs to lead YSU's attack while J.D. Hannan, Justin Banks and Brandon Caipen had three hits apiece.
The Penguins begin a three-game series at Xavier today.
NILES -- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers promoted two staff members Thursday.
Jim Riley is now the assistant General Manager of Marketing and Communications and Jordan Taylor has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of Sales.
CANFIELD -- Blair Lang, a Canfield native, signed a profession contract with the Atlantic City Surf of the Atlantic League.
This will be Blair's second year in professional baseball. He pitched for the Ohio Valley Redcoats of the Frontier League and the El Paso Diablo's of the Central League last year.
Blair had a combined ERA of 4.17 with 21 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.
BOARDMAN -- Freshmen Corey Carter (high jump, 4x400 relay); Lauren Agnew (3200 and 4x800 relay), and Lea Byers, and juniors Breanne Romen (400 and 4x400 relay), and Holli Robinson (4x800 relay) will compete for Boardman High in the Division I state indoor track and field championships Saturday at the University of Akron.
Senior Michele Bristrica of the Spartans will compete in the 800, 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Junior Carrie Mavrikis will serve as alternate for the relays.
Dick Bedio chosento umpire
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown Metro Umpire Association member Dick Bedio has been chosen to umpire the Pony U16 Girls Fast Pitch Tournament April 8-9 in Hamilton, N.J.
Truck is All-American
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster College junior swimmer Ryan Truck earned All-American honors by finishing in eighth place in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division III men's swimming and diving national championships at Carleton College in Minneapolis, Minn.
Trunk posted a time of 20.81 seconds in the finals. He was timed in 20.77 in the preliminary round and was seeded fifth.
CLEVELAND -- The Youngstown Phantoms Midget AA hockey team swept a four-game tournament last weekend to win the state championship.
The Phantoms defeated Cleveland, 4-2; Cincinnati, 2-1 in OT; Columbus, 5-2, and Dayton, 6-2.
On Monday, the Phantoms lost to Toledo in a qualifying game for the Mid-Am district finals, 3-2.
The goal scorers for the Phantoms were led by Taylor Cera with 11, Brendan Sinchak with 3, Brad Ceremuga with 2 and Garrett Molloy, Tristan Lysowski, and Justin Umbs each with one.
Jared Pack had three wins in goal.
The rest of team consisted of Dane Corbett, Joel Hodge, Don Super, Jeff Hayat, Aaron Zarbock, Derek Bayer, John Ford, Tyler Souder and Mike Britt. Bob Hawthorne was the coach, assisted by Dustin Hawthorne and Del Sinchak.
The Phantoms also won the "Big Bear" Presidents Day Tournament in Detroit last month.
Tryouts for next year's team will be at The Ice Zone in Boardman the last week of April. Call (330) 757-7720 for more information.
Steelers to add seats
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to add about 700 club seats at Heinz Field.
The team submitted the plans to the Sports and Exhibition Authority, the city-county entity which owns the stadium and leases it to the team.
The additional seats would bring the stadium's capacity to 65,050. Construction is scheduled to begin in April.
The seats will be offered to those on the season ticket waiting list and some season ticket holders who want club seats.
*ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bart Bryant surged to the top of a crowded leaderboard with 6-under 66 on Thursday in the Bay Hill Invitational, sharing the lead with Dean Wilson.
*SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. -- Aree Song shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday over Sarah Lee and Maria Hjorth in the Safeway International.
Vindicator staff/wire reports