Michael Semonsen Signs NLI to Play Baseball at Youngstown State

YSU Head Baseball Coach Steve Gillispie (Photo by Ron Stevens)
YSU Head Baseball Coach Steve Gillispie (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Youngstown State head baseball coach Steve Gillispie has announced that Michael Semonsen will be continuing his academic and baseball future as a Penguin.

Semonsen is a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher from Long Beach, Calif., who pitched the previous two seasons at Los Angeles Harbor College. He played his high school baseball at Woodrow Wilson High.

"Michael has shown the ability to be an overpowering, dominant arm at our level," Gillispie said. "We feel he can perform in multiple roles on our pitching staff, which will immediately give us depth from the left side. He has been well-coached and does a lot of the little things that are needed for success quite well."

Semonsen posted a 3.34 ERA in 13 starts as freshman for the Seahawks in 2013. He struck out 54 batters in 62 innings, and his 7.84 strikeouts per nine innings led all starters. He finished the season with a 5-5 record and allowing just 40 hits in 62 innings. He upped his strikeout rate to 8.77 per nine innings as a sophomore when he had a 4.85 ERA in 11 starts. He finished with a 2-3 record with 38 strikeouts in 39 innings.

Semonsen is the ninth student-athlete who has signed an NLI to play baseball at Youngstown State starting in 2015-16. He joins junior college transfers Javier Alvarez, a current teammate at LA Harbor College, and Tyler Sutherland, and high school seniors Kyle Benyo, Evan Cheng, Web Charles, Collin Floyd, Chris Sparks and Blake Zeller.