Youngstown -- Head coach Rich Pasquale and the Youngstown State baseball team will start its six-week fall practice season on Friday, looking to create a new identity with 10 new players and the loss of 12 seniors.
The Penguins will practice from 3-5:30 p.m. Friday and maintain that schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the fall season. They'll also practice Saturday mornings.
Highlights on the schedule include Scout Day on Sept. 29 at Eastwood Field, and intra-squad scrimmage and picnic on Oct. 2 and the Red-White World Series Oct. 22-24.
Friday's practice will be the first time the 2011 squad will be together on the field. There are five seniors on the team – Cody Dearth, Greg Dissinger, Joe Iacobucci, Armani Johnson, Phil Klein – but only three have been with the program at least four years. Joe Iacobucci is the lone fifth-year player of the group, and he's enjoyed a very solid first three seasons. The Boardman High graduate is a career .347 hitter, and he's coming off a career year in which he batted .369 with 79 hits, 18 doubles and 10 home runs.
There are eight incoming players and two redshirt freshmen to the 2010-11 roster:
- Drew Dosch – IF – Canal Winchester, Ohio
- Dan Hurlimann – IF – Hilton, N.Y.
- Ryan Krokos – RHP – Brecksville, Ohio
- Phil Lipari – IF – Poland, Ohio
- Nic Manuppelli – RHP – Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Chris Mitko – OF – Columbus, Ohio
- David Saluga – OF – Hermitage, Pa.
- Robert Switka Jr. – RHP – Boardman, Ohio
Additionally, there are two catchers who redshirted last season on the squad. Joel Williams is from Circleville, Ohio, and Craig Goubeaux is from Springboro, Ohio.
Schroth Wins Summer League Batting Title
Sophomore Neil Schroth and senior Joe Iacobucci both had notable summers. Schroth led the Altoona City League in hitting with a .510 batting average. He then won the batting title of the All American Amateur Baseball Association Tournament when he hit .583 (7-for-12).
Coaching Staff Changes
Two changes took place on Pasquale's staff over the summer. Dan Lipari, who was a volunteer on the staff in 2009-10, has been promoted to assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He will also oversee the pitching staff. Additionally, Billy Herman has been hired as an assistant coach. Herman played collegiately at Slippery Rock and was an assistant coach at Shippensburg in 2010. He will assist with hitting and defense.