Penguins to Play Bowling Green Before Weekend Series at Wright State

Jeff Wehler (Photo by John Vogel)
Jeff Wehler (Photo by John Vogel)

Weather-Related Editor's Note:

Youngstown State and Wright State will now play a doubleheader at Nischwitz Stadium on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. and a single game on Saturday which is currently slated to start at 2 p.m. The two teams were originally scheduled to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Youngstown State baseball team (9-19, 7-4 Horizon League) will begin a stretch of four straight road games with a non-conference contest at Bowling Green on Tuesday. YSU will also travel to Wright State for a three-game, Horizon League set this weekend.

Live stats, audio and video for Tuesday's game will be available at BGSUFalcons.com. Live stats will be available throughout the weekend through links on YSUsports.com.

Quick Notes Around the Diamond

  • Youngstown State has won seven of its last 10 games.
  • Collin Floyd was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on April 2.
  • Floyd is third in the Horizon League with 55 strikeouts and is 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his last four starts.
  • Greg Dunham is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 19.1 innings pitched in his last three starts.
  • Blaze Glenn has reached base safely in a team-best 24 consecutive contests.
  • Glenn has hit safely in 16 of his last 21 games and is fifth in the Horizon League with a .432 OBP.
  • Glenn is batting .361 with 13 hits, three home runs and 13 RBIs over his last 10 games.
  • Trey Bridis has reached base in 25 of his last 27 games and hit safely in 18 of 21 contests.
  • Bridis has walked a Horizon League-best 25 times and is fourth in the Horizon League with a .446 OBP.
  • Bridis is hitting .395 with 15 hits, two home runs, nine walks and 13 runs scored over his last 10 games.
  • Drew Dickerson has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games and is batting .349 with 15 hits and six RBIs over his last 10 contests.
  • Jeff Wehler leads YSU and is second in the Horizon League with 10 stolen bases.
  • Wehler has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games and his batting .360 with 18 hits and 13 RBIs in league contests.
  • Andrew Kendrick and Blaze Glenn are each tied for fourth in the HL with five home runs.
  • Nick Caruso is batting .364 with eight hits over his last seven games.
  • Joel Hake is 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA, 11 strikeouts and a save in his last seven appearances out of the bullpen.

Scouting Opponents

Bowling Green (9-21) has lost three of its last four games. Randy Righter is batting .308 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. Wright State (18-11, 8-4 Horizon League) has won five of its last six contests and is currently a half-game ahead of YSU in first place of the league standings after winning two of three games at UIC over the weekend. Gabe Snyder is batting .322 and leads the Horizon League with nine home runs and 34 RBIs. Peyton Burdick is hitting .359 and leads the conference with 42 total hits, 11 doubles and 30 runs scored. The Raiders are slated to play twice this week at the Joe Huxhall Tournament in Oxford, Ohio before hosting YSU. They will face Cincinnati on Tuesday and either Xavier or Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday.

Recapping Last Week

YSU dropped two of the three games it played last week. The Penguins led 5-2 at Pitt after the top of the fourth inning on Tuesday before the Panthers scored the final seven runs to snap YSU's four-game winning streak. Trey Bridis and Andrew Kendrick each homered in the contest. The Guins won 8-2 in the first game of a doubleheader against Oakland on Friday before falling 17-4 in game two at Eastwood Field. Greg Dunham earned the win in game one on Friday after allowing just one run and scattering five hits over six innings on the mound. Blaze Glenn hit a pair of two-run homers in the 8-2 victory. Saturday's series finale was canceled due to snow.

Kendrick Approaching Another Record

Senior infielder Andrew Kendrick set Youngstown State's single-season record for home runs last season with 17. With five home runs this season, he is now just one away from tying the career record of 27. Kendrick hit his fifth home run of the season at Pitt on Tuesday.

YSU Career Home Runs

  1. 27 - Erich Diedrich (2004-08)
  2. 26 - Adam Cox (2001-04)
  3. 26 - Andrew Kendrick (2016-18)

Hot Stretch Continues

YSU is currently second in the Horizon League standings and a half-game behind Wright State for first place heading into the week with a 7-4 conference mark. After a disappointing start to the season, the Penguins have won seven of their last 10 games overall. With three home wins over UIC March 30-31, YSU earned its first sweep of a league opponent since it swept a three-game set with the Flames on April 29, 2012.

Floyd Fans Fifty Again

Junior lefty Collin Floyd is third in the Horizon League with 55 strikeouts and has now registered at least 50 K's in each of the past three seasons. He is 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA and 34 strikeouts over his last four starts. He was magnificent in the first game of YSU's doubleheader with UIC on March 31. He allowed two unearned runs on only four hits and struck out 10 batters while walking just one over six innings to lead the Penguins to a 7-2 win. The 10 strikeouts were just one shy of his career high, and he recorded at least one strikeout in each inning. For his efforts, Floyd was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career on April 2. Collegiate Baseball noted him as a Top Player To Watch in the Horizon League in its 2018 preview edition.

Dunham Dealing

Sophomore right-hander Greg Dunham allowed just one run and five hits over six innings in leading YSU to an 8-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Oakland on Friday. He is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 19.1 innings pitched in his last three starts. Dunham gave up one run on six hits over seven innings in guiding YSU to 3-1 win over UIC on March 30. Dunham pitched six solid innings at Belmont on Feb. 16 to earn the win in his Penguins debut and help YSU to its first win in a season opener since 2010. He is slated to start game one of the Penguins' series with Wright State on Friday.

Bridis Bolsters Lineup

Collegiate Baseball noted senior outfielder Trey Bridis as a Top Player To Watch in the Horizon League in its 2018 preview edition. Bridis is batting .395 with 15 hits, two home runs, 13 runs scored, nine walks and a .684 slugging percentage over his last 10 games. He has reached base in 25 of his last 27 games while hitting safely in nine straight and 18 of his last 21 contests. After starting the season just 2-for-23, Bridis is batting .366 with 26 hits in 19 games played since March 4. The senior went 3-for-5 and was a double shy of the cycle at Pitt on Tuesday. He leads YSU with a .446 OBP, a .500 slugging %, 25 walks and 23 runs scored. He is second on the team with a .298 average at the plate and 28 total hits. His 25 walks are the most in the Horizon League and his .446 OBP ranks fourth heading into the week.

Blazin' Hot

Sophomore outfielder Blaze Glenn has been one of YSU's most consistent and productive hitters all season. He has reached base in a team-best 24 consecutive games and has hit safely in 16 of his last 21. Glenn hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead his team to an 8-2 victory in game one of a doubleheader against Oakland on Friday. He leads YSU with a .305 batting average and 19 RBIs. Glenn is tied for the team lead with five home runs, 29 hits and 47 total bases. He ranks in the top-10 of the Horizon League in seven different offensive statistical categories. He is fifth in RBIs, sixth in total bases and tied with teammate Andrew Kendrick for fourth in home runs. Glenn is batting .361 with 13 hits, three homers and 13 RBIs over his last 10 games. He is the only Penguin who has started all 28 games.

Wehler Establishing Himself

Freshman infielder Jeff Wehler has established himself as one of YSU's most reliable players. The true freshman has started 25 of the team's 28 games. He leads the team and is second in the Horizon League with 10 stolen bases. He has a team-high seven doubles and is third with 15 RBIs. His seven doubles are currently tied for fifth in the conference. Wehler has hit safely in five straight games and 13 of his last 15 while reaching base in nine straight. Wehler is batting .360 with 18 total hits, six doubles, 13 RBIs, 24 total bases and a .480 slugging percentage in conference play. He also leads the Penguins with eight multi-hit games so far this season.

Consistency from Dickerson

Junior infielder Drew Dickerson has been consistent in all phases during his first season with YSU. The transfer from Macomb Community College is tied for the team lead with 29 hits and is third with a .290 batting average. Dickerson has started at second base in 27 of YSU's 28 games and has reached base in 20 of his last 21 contests. He had his team-best, 11-game hitting streak snapped in game two against Oakland on Friday.  The junior went 3-for-5 with three base hits in the first game of the doubleheader. He is batting .326 with 15 hits in Horizon League play and .349 over his last 10 games.

Kendrick Heating Up

After a slow start to 2018, senior infielder Andrew Kendrick has been heating up over the past few weeks. He has reached base safely in 11 of his last 12 games and  has three home runs, 10 RBIs and a .556 slugging percentage in 11 Horizon League contests. Kendrick is tied for the team lead and for fourth in the Horizon League with five home runs this season. The senior hit a three-run home run at Pitt on Tuesday which put YSU ahead 5-2 at the time. With five home runs this season, he now has 26 in his YSU career and is just one away from tying the program's career record of 27.

Caruso Catching Fire in Conference Play

Junior catcher Nick Caruso is tied for second on the team with a .360 batting average in Horizon League play. He is fourth on the squad with a .270 overall average at the plate this season. Caruso has hit safely in four straight games and in six of his last seven. He is hitting .364 with eight hits and a .409 slugging percentage over his last seven contests. The transfer from Macomb Community College went 2-for-4 with a double in the second game of a doubleheader against UIC on March 31. Caruso has been the starting catcher in 19 of YSU's 28 games this season. He also started one contest as the designated hitter.

Newcomers Making Major Impact

A number of YSU's 23 newcomers have played major roles this season. Blaze Glenn leads the team with a .305 batting average and 19 RBIs. Glenn is tied for the team lead with five home runs and 47 total bases while he and Drew Dickerson are tied for a team-high 29 hits. Glenn is second in walks, stolen bases, slugging percentage and OBP. Dickerson is third on the team with a .290 batting average and Jeff Wehler has a team-high seven doubles. Wehler also leads YSU and is second in the Horizon League with 10 stolen bases. Jakob Brustoski, Nick Caruso, Colin Clark, Chad Coles, Cody Dennis, Kip DeShields, Greg Dunham, Dalton Earich, Zach Lopatka, Nick Massey, Lucas Nasonti and Austin Trace among others have also seen significant action in their first season with the program.

Lopatka Playing Two Ways

Junior Zach Lopatka has showcased his skills as a position player and as a pitcher this season. The transfer from Lackawanna College has started 13 games in left field, six as the designated hitter and five on the mound. The left-hander was tremendous in his second start on the bump at Radford on March 10. Lopatka pitched all 6.2 innings in the predetermined seven-inning contest. Through six innings, he had allowed just one run on four hits. The lefty struck out five and did not walk a batter in the game. The junior is currently scheduled to start at Bowling Green on Tuesday and at Wright State on Sunday. As a hitter, Lopatka has reached base in six straight games and was instrumental in YSU's 9-7 victory at Eastern Michigan on March 27. He went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. His two-out RBI double in the top of the ninth inning drove in the tying run.

Up Next

After their weekend series at Wright State, the Penguins will play a pair of mid-week, non-conference contests. They will host St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, April 17 before playing at Ohio State the next night. YSU will then remain on the road to face Milwaukee for a three-game, Horizon League series at Henry Aaron Field April 20-22.

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