The Youngstown State baseball team will play its only scheduled game of the season at Cene Park on Tuesday against Notre Dame College to start a four-game week. First pitch against the Falcons is set for 3 p.m. in Struthers, Ohio. The Penguins will then head back into Horizon League play this weekend with a three-game series at UIC. YSU will play the Flames on Friday and Saturday at 3:05 p.m. Eastern, and the series finale will be Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Eastern. The Penguins went 1-3 last week, but they are coming off an emotional 4-3 win over Milwaukee in 11 innings on Sunday. YSU is 2-15 overall while Notre Dame College is 7-11-1 and UIC is 5-11.
On the Mound
Right-hander Josh North will make his first collegiate start against Notre Dame College on Tuesday, and lefty Blake Aquadro, righty Patrick O'Brien and right-hander Pat Shedlock are the planned rotation at UIC.
North has made five relief appearances and is 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA in 6.1 innings. He has allowed three runs in his last five innings and threw 1.2 shutout frames against Milwaukee on Saturday.
Aquadro has made five previous starts and is coming off his best start of the season. He allowed four runs on four hits and a walk in five innings against Milwaukee on Friday. For the year, he is 0-3 with a 9.49 ERA in 24.2 innings.
O'Brien struggled with his command early in his last start against Milwaukee on Saturday, but the sophomore settled down to allow one run over his final four innings. For the year, O'Brien is 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.
Shedlock has posted quality starts each of the past two weeks and has been YSU's starter in its two wins. Shedlock is 0-1 with a 7.12 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 24 innings in his five starts. He has allowed five runs in his last 12 innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits on Sunday against Milwaukee.
Scouting Notre Dame College
Notre Dame College is 7-11-1 after going 1-2 last week. The Falcons beat Penn State-Beaver 5-4 on Sunday to snap a brief two-game skid. The Falcons are batting .250 as a team and have stolen 21 bases in their 19 games. Shane DeFranco is batting a team-high .379, and Pat Ross is hitting .333 with 17 runs scored. Right-hander Matt Kastelic, who is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 21.1 innings, in NDC's probable starter.
UIC went 1-2 at Wright State over the weekend to drop to 5-11 overall. The Flames beat Northwestern two out of three games the previous weekend to conclude a difficult non-conference schedule that also included Texas A&M, Santa Clara and Kentucky. Joe Betcher is UIC's only hitter batting above .300 at .309. Nick Addison leads the Flames on the bases with eight steals in eight attempts. Joey Begel (2-3, 5.93 ERA), Brian Evak (2-2, 3.32 ERA) and Charlie Weinberg (0-2, 7.59 ERA) started last weekend for UIC against Wright State. The Flames play at Northern Illinois and Bradley before hosting YSU this weekend.
Quick Notes from Last Week
- On Sunday, Drew Dosch, Jeremy Banks and Marcus Heath combined for 10 of YSU's 12 hits in Sunday's win over Milwaukee.
- Heath knocked in two runs on a ground-rule double fifth and the tying run in the ninth. He has 10 RBIs this season, and seven of them have come in two games.
- YSU's bullpen allowed just two earned runs in 12 innings against Milwaukee over the weekend for a 1.50 ERA. It had an 8.39 ERA over the first 24 games of the season.
- Catcher Craig Goubeaux set new career highs with four hit and three RBIs on Friday against Milwaukee.
- Although Phil Lipari is hitting .203, he extended his streak of reaching base to 15 games.
- Ryan Krokos earned his first collegiate victory in relief on Sunday. He has appeared in a team-high 10 games, and he did not allow a run in three appearances over 2.2 innings last week.
Dosch Collects Second Five-Hit Game
Sophomore third baseman Drew Dosch became just the third player in school history to collect two career five-hit games when he went 5-for-6 against Milwaukee on Sunday. His other five-hit performance came just seven games earlier against Iowa on March 4. Dosch has reached base safely in all 17 games this season, and he is just 10 hits shy of his total last season that came in 42 games. Dosch ranks in the top five in the Horizon League in batting average (3rd), slugging (4th), on-base percentage (3rd), hits (2nd), home runs (3rd), total bases (3rd), walks (2nd), stolen bases (5th) and sacrifice flies (2nd).
Banks Recognized for Start
YSU senior Jeremy Banks's hot start has earned him several honors in the first month of the season. Banks won Horizon League Batter-of-the-Week accolades in consecutive weeks to start March, and he was named the CollegeBaseballInsider.com Central Region Player of the Week on March 14. Banks leads the Horizon League in batting average (.426), slugging percentage (.779), hits (29), RBIs (25), doubles (9), home runs (5), total bases (53) and walks (13).
- Drew Dosch and Jeremy Banks are hitting a combined .419. The other 14 players who have at bats for YSU are hitting a combined .200, and only Craig Goubeaux and Marcus Heath are hitting above .220.
Shedlock is Steady
Junior right-hander Pat Shedlock has put together three straight strong starts on the mound, including back-to-back quality starts. On Sunday, he escaped early trouble to hold Milwaukee to three runs on seven hits in six innings. The week before, he allowed two runs on four hits in six innings while striking out four at VMI. Although he did not factor in either decision, YSU won both games.
Manuppelli Picks Up From Strong End to 2011
Sophomore right-hander Nic Manuppelli has started 2012 in the same dominant fashion he ended 2011. Manuppelli has allowed one earned run in 9.2 innings of relief for a 0.93 ERA. He has struck out 12 batters and surrendered just five hits for a batting average against of .132.Manuppelli allowed one earned run over his final 10 innings of 2011.
Youngstown State will be busy week with five games in six days next week. The Penguins will play Akron twice – at home on Tuesday and at Canal Park on Wednesday – before hosting Butler for a three-game series Friday through Sunday.