Friday's Game Moved Up, Doubleheader Set for Saturday at Radford

Jakob Brustoski
Jakob Brustoski

The Youngstown State baseball team will travel directly to Radford, Va. this week after playing two games at Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Penguins will face the Radford Highlanders at Carter Memorial Stadium on Friday and  Saturday.

First pitch for Friday's game has been moved up to 2:30 p.m. ET and Sunday's game has been canceled as the teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at Noon.

Live stats will be available throughout the series through links on YSUsports.com.

A YSU Win Would…

  • Give the Penguins their second win of the season
  • Give the Penguins their second win over Radford
  • Snap a 10-game losing streak

Quick Notes Around the Diamond

  • Trey Bridis has reached base in a team-best 10 straight games
  • Blaze Glenn has hit safely in four of his last six games and reached base in seven straight
  • Nick Massey has hit safely in his last two outings and recorded his first RBI of the season on Wednesday
  • Collin Floyd struck out 11 of the 26 batters he faced against Seattle last Saturday
  • Jakob Brustoski pitched a scoreless inning of relief in both games at Liberty. The freshman retired the side in order in each outing and struck out all three batters he faced on Tuesday.
  • Youngstown State 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 batting order had hits in the opener
  • Sophomore right-hander Greg Dunham earned the win in his first start on Feb. 16. He allowed one run on four hits over six innings to earn the win in his Penguins debut
  • This year's roster features 11 returning letterwinners, 12 returners overall and 23 newcomers.
  • The group of newcomers includes 13 freshmen and 10 transfers. A number of the new players have already been significant contributors through 11 games this season.

Scouting Radford

Radford (4-9) is coming off a 3-2 loss in 10 innings at William & Mary on Wednesday. The Highlanders have lost six of their last seven games coming into this weekend's series. Junior outfielder Andrew Szamski leads Radford with a .385 batting average, two home runs and 10 RBIs while junior infielder Kyle Butler is hitting .313 with eight RBIs. Junior pitcher Ryan Sande has a team-best 2.77 ERA in three starts and opponents are batting just .163 against the right-hander. Friday's contest will be the third meeting between Youngstown State and Radford on the diamond. The Penguins and Highlanders split a two-game series in March of 2015 with YSU winning 10-9 in game one and Radford earning a 15-3 victory in game two.

Recapping Last Series

YSU dropped two games at Liberty earlier this week, falling 16-0 to the Flames on Tuesday and 12-2 on Wednesday. The Penguins have now lost 10 straight games after winning their season opener at Belmont on Feb. 16. Freshmen Colin Clark (0-1) and Chad Coles (0-1) each suffered losses in their first career starts. Jeff Wehler went 2-for-4 on Tuesday while Trey Bridis, Web Charles and Drew Dickerson hit safely in each game. Charles went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI on Wednesday.

Newcomers Making Immediate Impact

A number of YSU's 23 newcomers have played major roles through the first 11 games of the season. Blaze Glenn leads the Penguins with 10 hits, 14 total bases and a .270 batting average. He is also tied for the team lead with two doubles, four RBIs and one home run. Drew Dickerson is second on the squad with eight hits and a .242 average at the plate while Nick Caruso is tied for the team lead with two doubles and four RBIs. Jeff Wehler had a big game on Feb. 25 at No. 13 Louisville, going 2-for-4 with a single, an RBI and his first-career home run. He also scored two runs and stole the first two bases of his career. Cody Dennis, Kip DeShields, Greg Dunham and Zach Lopatka among others have seen significant playing time in their first season with the program.

Blazin' Hot

Sophomore outfielder Blaze Glenn has been finding his groove at the plate as of late. He went 3-for-4 with three singles, a run scored, an RBI and his first stolen base of the season last Saturday against Seattle. He followed that up by going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles against Seton Hall on Sunday. Glenn has started all 11 games in right field and leads YSU with 10 hits, 14 total bases and a .270 batting average. He is also tied for the team lead with two doubles, four RBIs and a home run. Glenn has now reached base in seven straight games.

Consistency from Dickerson

Junior infielder Drew Dickerson has been consistent at the dish and at second base in his first season as a Penguin. The transfer from Macomb Community College is second on the squad with eight hits and a .242 average at the plate while leading YSU with 25 assists and a perfect fielding percentage on defense. Dickerson has started at second base in 10 of YSU's 11 games has reached base in five consecutive contests.

Hot Start for Hake

Junior right-hander Joel Hake has had a strong start to the 2018 season. He has allowed just three earned runs over seven innings while striking out 12 in six appearances out of the bullpen. The side-winder came on in the eighth inning during the season opener on Feb. 16 and retired Belmont in order in the ninth to record the save. Hake is a Youngstown native and one of four returning pitchers from last year's team.

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 six games in left field, four as the designated hitter and one on the mound. Lopatka is third on the team with seven hits, has reached base in six straight games and has made three total pitching appearances. The left-hander made his first start on the bump last Sunday against Seton Hall.

Career Firsts for Wehler

Freshman infielder Jeff Wehler registered two singles, a solo home run, an RBI and two runs scored in three games at No. 13 Louisville in late February. He went 2-for-4 with a single and his first-career home run in the series finale 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 is second on the team with 10 total bases and went 2-for-4 at Liberty on Tuesday. Wehler has hit in the leadoff spot six times and is poised to be a major part of the lineup moving forward.

Up Next

After Saturday, YSU will have played eight games in nine days and spent 11 straight days on the road. The Penguins will play one more road contest at Pittsburgh on March 13 before their home and Horizon League opener which is scheduled for March 16 against Milwaukee as part of a three-game series.

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