Baseball Highlights Were Plenty from Seniors in 2010

2010 YSU Baseball
2010 YSU Baseball

Offense Sets Numerous Team Records
The 2010 squad was one of the best offensive teams in school history. The team set new school records with 609 hits, 60 home runs, 380 RBIs, 417 runs, 115 doubles, 920 total bases and a .460 slugging percentage. The team's 7.4 runs per contest ranked second to only the 7.5 runs per game scored by the 1964 squad.

Hitting Homers at a Record Pace
The Penguins shattered the previous home run record of 43, set in 1995, with 60 in 2010. They hit their 43rd this year in their 40th game on April 28. The 60 home runs also led the Horizon League by 10. On the individual level, three players hit at least 10 home runs in 2010 after only three Penguins had reached double digits in the first 55 seasons of baseball on campus. Jacke Healey set a new school record with 12 round-trippers, and Joe Iacobucci and Tom Clayton each had 10. The 32 combined home runs just by those three players matches the 32 that the Penguins hit as a squad in 2009.

Healey, Marzec Become First Penguin Pair to Get Drafted
Seniors Jacke Healey and Eric Marzec became the first pair of players in Youngstown State history to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in the same season. Healey, an infielder from Tunkhannock, Pa., was taken in the 27th round and 813th overall by the Houston Astros. Marzec, a pitcher from Canton, Ohio, was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 30th round and 909th overall. They are the 16th and 17th players in school history to be drafted. Brandon Caipen was the last Penguin to get drafted in 2006. Caipen and 2005 draft selection Justin Thomas were in the same signing class, but Thomas was drafted in the fourth round as a junior.

Clayton Becomes First Conference Player of the Year
Senior outfielder Tom Clayton was voted the Horizon League Player of the Year, becoming the first conference player of the year in YSU's 56 seasons of baseball. Clayton batted a team-high .412 with 45 runs scored, 17 doubles, 10 home runs, 47 RBIs and a team-best .700 slugging percentage. He led the Horizon League in slugging percentage while ranking second in the circuit in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage and fifth in home runs. His 77 total bases and eight home runs in league play were also the top marks in the conference.

Swenson Named Second Team, Three Straight All-League Pitchers
For the first time in school history, Youngstown State has had a pitcher named all-league for three straight seasons. Senior Aaron Swenson was voted Second-Team All-Horizon League in 2010. He was the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-league in 2008, and Phil Klein was a first-team all-league hurler in 2009.

Five Total All-League Performers
In addition to outfielder Tom Clayton being named conference player of the year and pitcher Aaron Swenson earning second-team honors, three more players earned recognition in a vote of the Horizon League's coaches. Jacke Healey repeated as first-team all-league at shortstop, and Eric Marzec was second-team at utility for the third consecutive season. Freshman infielder Neil Schroth was voted onto the all-newcomer squad.

Healey Sets Three Offensive Records
Jacke Healey had arguably the most productive season at the plate in YSU history in 2010. The slugger set new school single-season records with 12 home runs, 63 runs scored and 59 RBIs. The previous home runs record was 11, set by Adam Cox in 2003 and Joe Ayette in 1994. Mark Thomas held the previous runs record with 54 in 1999, and Erich Diedrich held the RBIs record with 58 in 2006. Healey's 136 total bases in 2010 were one shy of the school record, and his 83 hits rank as the second-most for a season in school history.

Swenson Retires High on Records Lists
Senior Aaron Swenson wrapped up one of the most-accomplished pitching careers in school history in 2010. As a senior, he established a new school single-season record by throwing 99.2 innings. Lucas Engle and he held the previous school record with 99. Swenson also tied a school record by making 14 starts on the mound, matching the mark set six previous times. Swenson ranked second on the single-season charts with 94 strikeouts and eight wins. He retires as the career record holder in innings pitched (347) and strikeouts (265), and he ranks tied for fifth in wins with 20.

Clayton, Healey Were National Leaders
Seniors Tom Clayton and Jacke Healey both led the nation in statistical categories during the season. Clayton led the country in batting average for two consecutive weeks, through games completed on April 25 and May 2 – with averages of .474 and .473. Healey held the top nation's mark in RBIs per contest with 1.79 through April 3.

Morris All-Tournament Team
Senior C.J. Morris received the final individual honor of the season when he was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team. Morris, a native of Canfield, Ohio, batted a team-best .455 with three doubles, a run scored and an RBI over YSU's three games in the tournament. His .727 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage were also team highs.

Penguins Get First Tournament Win in Pasquale Era
Youngstown State earned its first postseason win under head coach Rich Pasquale in 2010. The Penguins defeated UIC 8-4 in the opening round of the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army.

Iacobucci Sets Stage for Strong Senior Campaign
Junior Joe Iacobucci had another solid season in 2010, setting the stage for a promising senior campaign in 2011. Iacobucci batted .369 while setting career highs with 79 hits, 46 runs, 18 doubles, 10 home runs, 52 RBIs, a .603 slugging percentage and a .469 on-base percentage. He ranked among the top 10 in the Horizon League in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, home runs, RBIs, total bases, doubles and on-base percentage. He also led the circuit with 36 walks.

McCulloh Makes Most Appearances by Freshman Pitcher
Freshman Kevin McCulloh pitched in a team-high 28 contests in 2010. That is the most ever by a YSU freshman and the third-most in a season regardless of class. McCulloh started two games and pitched the other 26 in relief. He struck out 40 batters in 52.2 innings, and his 4.96 ERA will be the best among returning pitchers in in 2011.

Schroth Ties Doubles Record in Second Start
Neil Schroth made the second start of his career a memorable one against Duquesne on April 7. The freshman from Hollidaysburg, Pa., went 5-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBIs in the contest. Three of those hits were doubles, which made him the eighth player in school history to post three two-baggers in one game.

Freshmen Got Plenty of Work on the Mound
Youngstown State's six freshmen pitchers gained a ton of experience during the 2010 season. As a group, they made 93 appearances and pitched 161.1 innings. Freshmen Blake Aquadro, Kevin McCulloh, Bill Turosky and Alex Frey accounted for 91 appearances and 160 innings. Aquadro made 12 starts, which ranked second on the team, and McCulloh pitched in a team-high 28 games.

Swenson, Iacobucci Earn Horizon League Weekly Honors
Senior Aaron Swenson and junior Joe Iacobucci both earned weekly awards from the Horizon League during the season. Swenson was named the pitcher of the week on March 29 after allowing just one run on four hits while striking out 10 batters in seven innings of work at Butler. Iacobucci earned hitter-of-the-week accolades on May 10 following a strong series against Cleveland State. He batted .500 with four doubles, four runs scored and seven RBIs against the Vikings.