Baseball Set for Four Game Series at Fresno State

Jonny Miller (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Jonny Miller (Photo by Ron Stevens)
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The Youngstown State baseball team will head west to play a four-game series at Fresno State this weekend. The Penguins and Bulldogs will play one game Friday at 9:05 p.m. Eastern, a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 5:05 p.m. ET and a single game on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET. The games on Friday and Sunday will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network, and live stats will be available for all four contests of the series.

Youngstown State went 1-2 at Western Kentucky last weekend to start the 2016 season. The Penguins led 2-0 and 3-2 in the season opener on Feb. 19 before WKU rallied to win 5-3. YSU then came back to beat the Hilltoppers 8-7 in 10 innings in the first of two games on Feb. 20, and WKU won the finale 11-1. Last weekend was the first time that Youngstown State practiced on a baseball field since the fall.

YSU has 18 new players on its 2016 roster, and 13 of them made their debuts last weekend against the Hilltoppers. The eight new hitters particularly shined as they combined to bat .285, and the three who started at least twice combined to go 12-for-34 with eight RBIs. Seniors Gerrad Rohan and Billy Salem, who transferred from Akron, both went 5-for-13, and Andrew Kendrick was 2-for-8 with a homer.

Youngstown State will keep the same three starters as last weekend – Jeremy Quinlan, Joe King and Collin Floyd – and it will add Michael Semonsen for the fourth game. Quinlan, a right-handed junior, will start the series opener on Friday. King and Floyd, a pair of lefties, will start the games of the doubleheader, and Semonsen will make his first start as a Penguin on Sunday.

Youngstown State's March schedule will begin with a three-game series at Belmont next weekend.

California Ties in Youngstown

This weekend will be a homecoming for seven Penguins who are from California. Lorenzo Arcuri and Alex Larivee are from the Sacramento area, and Ryan Cordova, Jonny Miller, Nico Padovan, Michael Semonsen and Jared Wight are from the Los Angeles area. YSU head coach Steve Gillispie spent the 1992-93 seasons as an assistant coach at Mendocino College, and he was an assistant at Lassen Community College in 1994. Penguins associate head coach Kevin Smallcomb won 250 games in 10 years as the head coach at Mendocino College from 1993-2002, and he was previously an assistant at American River College.

California Opponents

Youngstown State has never played in California, and its only game against a team from the state was against Stanford in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Penguins and Cardinal played in the finals of the consolation bracket at the Bloomington Regional, and Stanford won 12-4. The Cardinal went on to win the regional and go 1-2 against Vanderbilt in a Super Regional.

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