Baseball Begins Busy Week at Kent State on Tuesday

Collin Floyd
Collin Floyd

The Youngstown State baseball team will begin a busy week of five games with a road contest against Kent State on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET. YSU is also scheduled to play at Toledo on Wednesday and host Northern Kentucky in a three-game series over the weekend.

Live stats for Tuesday's game will be available at KentStateSports.com while Wednesday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3/WatchESPN. Live stats will be available throughout the weekend series with NKU at YSUsports.com.

Promotions

Friday's home game against Northern Kentucky will include a YSU Beanie Giveaway to the first 50 students in attendance. The contests on Saturday and Sunday will include Belleria "Home Run" Giveaways.

Quick Notes Around the Diamond

  • YSU won 11-6 at No. 29 Kent State on April 4, 2017. The Penguins also beat Kent State when it was No. 28 in 2016.
  • The Penguins stole a season-high six bases in game two of their doubleheader vs. Milwaukee on Saturday.
  • Sophomore outfielder Blaze Glenn has reached base safely in 13 consecutive contests.
  • Senior outfielder Trey Bridis has reached base in 15 of his last 16 games and hit safely in eight of 10 contests.
  • Bridis has walked a Horizon League-best 16 times in 16 games played this season.
  • Bridis is hitting .333 with 10 hits, two home runs and seven runs scored over his last eight games.
  • Junior infielder Web Charles is batting .296 with four doubles and five runs scored in his last eight games.
  • Freshman infielder Jeff Wehler leads YSU and is second in the Horizon League with eight stolen bases.
  • Wehler is currently on a five-game hitting streak
  • Left-hander Collin Floyd is fifth in the Horizon League with 27 strikeouts in five starts on the hill.
  • Senior infielder Andrew Kendrick has seven hits including three home runs over his past eight games.
  • Kendrick hit two home runs in three games against Milwaukee over the weekend. He broke YSU's single-season home run record with 17 last season.
  • Freshman outfielder Lucas Nasonti is batting .364 with four hits over his last five games.
  • Left-hander Jakob Brustoski has allowed just one hit and no runs over his last five appearances out of the bullpen. He has pitched a scoreless inning of relief in each outing.
  • YSU won its first season opener since 2010 with a 8-4 victory at Belmont on Feb. 16. Six different Penguins making their first starts in the lineup had hits in the win.

A YSU Win Would…

  • Give the Penguins their third win of the season
  • Give the Penguins their second win in three games
  • Give the Penguins a win over Kent State for the third straight season

Scouting Opponents

Kent State (9-6) will be playing its 2018 home opener at Schoonover Stadium on Tuesday. Senior outfielder Mason Mamarella leads the Golden Flashes with a .415 batting average and 15 RBIs. Toledo (4-13) will also be playing its home opener on Wednesday at Scott Park. Senior infielder Matt Hansen is batting .358 while junior outfielder Adolph Ross is hitting .333 with a team-best six home runs and 16 RBIs. Northern Kentucky (4-14) lost two of three in its league-opening series at UIC over the weekend. The Norse will play at Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday before traveling to Ohio for the weekend. Junior catcher Will Haueter leads NKU with a .362 batting average, five home runs and 15 RBIs heading into the week. YSU went 1-4 against the Norse last season.

Recapping Last Week

The Penguins played three games against Milwaukee over the weekend at Eastwood Field to open their home and Horizon League schedules. YSU fell 12-4 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday before getting a 5-3 win in game two to earn the split. Collin Floyd picked up the win after a brilliant pitching performance. The lefty allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings. The Penguins dropped a 14-7 decision to the Panthers in the series finale on Sunday.

Kendrick Approaching Another Record

Senior infielder Andrew Kendrick set Youngstown State's single-season record for home runs last season with 17. With three home runs this season, he is now just three away from tying the career record of 27. Kendrick hit two blasts in three games played against Milwaukee over the weekend.

YSU Career Home Runs

  1. 27 - Erich Diedrich (2004-08)
  2. 26 - Adam Cox (2001-04)
  3. 24 - Andrew Kendrick (2016-18)

Kendrick Heating Up

After a slow start to 2018, senior infielder Andrew Kendrick has seven hits, three home runs and six RBIs over his past eight games. He batted .300 while slugging .900 with two home runs, five RBIs and two runs scored in three games played against Milwaukee over the weekend. Kendrick went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, three RBIs, a walk and a run scored in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. His towering two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth got YSU back within two runs at the time. He followed that up by going 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a solo home run, two RBIs and a run scored in the finale on Sunday. Collegiate Baseball Newspaper projected Kendrick to be the Horizon League Player of the Year in its 2018 preview edition.

Floyd Tosses Gem

Junior lefty Collin Floyd allowed just one run on five hits while striking out six in seven innings of work to earn the win in the second game of a doubleheader against Milwaukee on Saturday. His dominant pitching performance helped YSU to a 5-3 victory to earn its first Horizon League win. He held UWM scoreless and gave up just three hits over his first six innings. The Panthers did not get their first hit until the fourth and did not have more than two hits in any inning against Floyd. The junior did not allow a single hit in four different innings. Floyd has registered at least 50 strikeouts in each of the past two seasons and Collegiate Baseball noted him as a Top Player To Watch in the Horizon League in its 2018 preview edition. He is currently fifth in the Horizon League with 27 strikeouts in five starts.

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. After a slow start, the senior has been heating up over the past few weeks. Bridis is batting .333 with 10 hits, two home runs and a .567 slugging percentage over his last eight games. He has also scored seven runs, stole four bases and walked six times over that stretch. He has reached base in 15 of his last 16 games and hit safely in eight of 10 contests. The senior had four hits including a two-run home run in three games against Milwaukee this past weekend. He leads YSU with a .414 OBP while ranking second with two home runs, 20 total bases and a .377 slugging percentage. Bridis has walked a Horizon League-best 16 times in 16 games played this season.

Blazin' Hot

Sophomore outfielder Blaze Glenn has been one of YSU's most consistent hitters through the first month of the season. The transfer from Sinclair Community College has reached base in 13 consecutive games and has hit safely in eight of his last 10. He has started all 17 games in right field and leads YSU with a .276 batting average, 16 hits, 24 total bases and a .414 slugging percentage. Glenn is second on the squad with two home runs, six RBIs and a .400 on-base percentage. He is the only Penguin who has started all 17 games.

Web Gem

Senior infielder Web Charles is another key returner who has been finding his groove. Charles was one of two YSU players to play in all 55 games last season. He recorded the third-best batting average on the team at .276 in 2017. He also tied for the team lead with 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts. His eight steals in conference play were good for fifth in the Horizon League last season. Charles is batting .296 with eight total hits, four doubles, two RBIs and 12 total bases over his past eight games. The junior has hit safely in six of his last eight games and leads the team with four doubles. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk and a run scored on Sunday against Milwaukee.

Career Firsts for Wehler

Freshman infielder Jeff Wehler went 2-for-4 with a single and his first-career home run at No. 13 Louisville on Feb. 25. He scored YSU's only two runs of the day and also stole the first two bases of his career. The freshman has started 15 of the team's 17 games and shown great versatility, starting six games at first base, four at shortstop and five as the designated hitter. Wehler leads the team and is second in the Horizon League with eight stolen bases. He has hit safely in five straight games and went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two stolen bases to help his team to a 5-3 victory in game two of a doubleheader against Milwaukee on Saturday.

Consistency from Dickerson

Junior infielder Drew Dickerson has been consistent at the dish and at second base in his first season with YSU. The transfer from Macomb Community College is tied for second on the team with 13 hits while leading YSU with 38 assists and a perfect fielding percentage on defense. He is also second with a .241 batting average. Dickerson has started at second base in 16 of YSU's 17 games has reached base in 10 of his last 11 contests.

Newcomers Making Major Impact

A number of YSU's 23 newcomers have played major roles through the first month of the season. Blaze Glenn leads the team with a .276 batting average, 16 hits, 24 total bases and a .414 slugging percentage. Drew Dickerson and Jeff Wehler are tied for second on the team with 13 hits each. Wehler also leads the team and is second in the Horizon League with eight stolen bases. Nick Caruso, Colin Clark, Chad Coles, Cody Dennis, Kip DeShields, Greg Dunham, Zach Lopatka, Nick Massey, Lucas Nasonti and Austin Trace among others have also seen significant action in their first season with the program.

Up Next

After their weekend series at home against Northern Kentucky, the Penguins will travel to Ypsilanti, Mich. to face Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, March 27. First pitch at Oestrike Stadium is currently slated for 6 p.m. ET.

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