Baseball to Play Four of Five at Eastwood Field This Week

2012 YSU Baseball
2012 YSU Baseball

The Youngstown State baseball team will have a busy week with five games, all within an hour from campus, in a span of six days. The Penguins will play a home-and-home series with Kent State on Tuesday and Wednesday and a three-game home series against Valparaiso Friday through Sunday. Tuesday’s game at Eastwood Field against the Golden Flashes will start at 3 p.m., and the teams will play in Kent on Wednesday at 3 p.m. YSU will play Valpo on Friday 3 p.m., on Saturday at 1 p.m. and on Sunday at noon at Eastwood Field. Live stats will be available for all five games through YSUsports.com, and live video will be available on the Horizon League Network for all of the Valparaiso series.

On the Mound

Junior right-hander Pat Shedlock will start on Tuesday against Kent State for the Penguins. He allowed five runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings at Pitt on April 4 in his last outing. That was his first midweek start of the season. The righty pitched six innings in three straight starts from March 3 to March 18, but he has gone seven innings combined over his last three starts. YSU has not announced its starting pitchers for the remaining four games this week.

Scouting Kent State

Kent State has won seven of its last eight games to improve to 18-13 overall. The Golden Flashes are also 9-0 in Mid-American Conference play. Nick Hamilton is batting .500 in 68 at bats, and Evan Campbell is one of three players with at least 115 at bats who is hitting above .320. Campbell is also one of four players who has hit three home runs, and he’s tied for the team lead with 27 runs scored. Troy Summers is 17-for-20 on stolen base attempts, accounting for 44 percent of the Golden Flashes’ steals. Right-hander Ryan Mace (1-2, 5.74 ERA) will start for Kent State on Tuesday, and lefty Tim Faix (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first start of the season on Wednesday.

Scouting Valparaiso

Valparaiso won two out of three games at UIC over the weekend to improve its record to 10-19 overall and 6-6 in Horizon League play. Valpo is hitting .265 as a team, and Andrew Bain is one of two players batting above .300 at .344. Chris Manning leads the team with two of the Crusaders’ six home runs. Valpo ranks last in the conference in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Valparaiso’s strength is its pitching staff, which ranks second in the Horizon League with a 4.22 ERA. Right-hander Kevin Wild (1-2, 3.40 ERA) is the reigning Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, and he’ll take on the mound on Saturday. Lefty Tyler Deetjen (1-2, 3.86 ERA) and right-hander Kyle Wormington (1-5, 4.20 ERA) will start on Friday and Sunday. The Crusaders play home games against Grace and Western Michigan on Monday and Tuesday.

Quick Notes from Last Week

  • Weston Weiss was 4-for-10 with his first career triple in four games last week. He has hits in four of his last five games after being held without a hit over his previous six games.
  • Jason Shirley extended his hitting streak to seven games and his streak of reaching base to 13 games.  He hit .385 with a team-high four walks last week. Shirley is batting .290, which is 82 points higher than it was on March 18.
  • Drew Dosch also extended his streak of reaching base to nine games last week. The sophomore third baseman was 5-for-14 at the plate in the four games and continues to have a hot spring. He ranks fifth in the Horizon League in batting average at .361, and he also ranks in the top five in hits, total bases, sacrifice flies, home runs and steals.
  • Freshman catcher Ryan Trimbur played in his first collegiate game on Thursday at Wright State. He went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the contest.
  • David Saluga set new career highs with three hits and two runs scored on Saturday at Wright State. Saluga has hits in six of his last 13 at bats after starting the season 0-for-6.
  • Russ Harless made his first career conference start at Wright State on Saturday. The right-hander allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out a career-high seven batters in six innings. He walked just one, and the seven strikeouts tied for the most by a Penguin this season. Three of the five runs scored on home runs.
  • Kevin McCulloh pitched in two games last week to bring his career total to 66 appearances. He is just four appearances shy of reaching the top five. McCulloh pitched in 28 games in 2010, which was the most ever by a YSU freshman. He pitched in 22 games last season and has appeared in 16 contests this year.