Baseball to Face Eastern Michigan Tuesday Before Hosting UIC for Three-Game Set

Drew Dickerson (Photo by John Vogel)
Drew Dickerson (Photo by John Vogel)

The Youngstown State baseball team will return to action this week with a non-conference road contest against Eastern Michigan on Tuesday evening. First pitch at Oestrike Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich. is currently scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

YSU is also scheduled to host UIC for a three-game, Horizon League series at Eastwood Field beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. The series was originally set to start on Thursday evening, but rain in the forecast will delay the series one day and cause a doubleheader to be played on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

Live stats for Tuesday's game will be available at EMUEagles.com and throughout the series with UIC at YSUsports.com.

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Quick Notes Around the Diamond

  • YSU posted season-highs of 14 hits and nine runs in the second game of its doubleheader vs. NKU on Saturday.
  • Sophomore outfielder Blaze Glenn has reached base safely in a team-best 17 consecutive contests.
  • Glenn has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games and is fifth in the Horizon League with a .425 OBP. He is batting .343 with 12 hits over his last 10 games.
  • Senior outfielder Trey Bridis has reached base in 18 of his last 20 games and hit safely in 11 of 14 contests.
  • Bridis has walked a Horizon League-best 17 times and is eighth in the conference with a .402 OBP.
  • Bridis is hitting .333 with 13 hits, three home runs, six RBIs and 10 runs scored over his last 10 games.
  • Freshman infielder Jeff Wehler leads YSU and is tied for first in the Horizon League with 10 stolen bases.
  • Wehler has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games and his batting .370 in six league contests.
  • Junior left-hander Collin Floyd is third in the Horizon League with 35 strikeouts and is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA over his last two starts.
  • Senior infielder Andrew Kendrick has nine total hits, three home runs and eight RBIs over his past 10 games.
  • Bridis and Kendrick are tied for third in the Horizon League with three home runs each.
  • Junior catcher Nick Caruso leads YSU with a .385 batting average in conference play.
  • Junior infielder Drew Dickerson has hit safely in five straight games and is batting .333 with eight hits in league play.
  • Freshman catcher Austin Trace is hitting .400 over his last five games played.
  • Freshman outfielder Lucas Nasonti is batting .375 with six hits over his last six games.
  • YSU won its first season opener since 2010 with a 8-4 victory at Belmont on Feb. 16.

Scouting Opponents

Eastern Michigan (6-15) has lost four of its last five games but is coming off a 4-0 win over Miami (Ohio) on Sunday. Jeff Timko leads the Eagles with a .388 batting average and 17 RBIs. Max Schuemann is hitting .356 with three home runs and 14 RBIs while Kolton Schenker has a team-best four home runs. UIC (15-6, 4-2 Horizon League) is currently tied for first place in the league standings after winning two of three games against Oakland over the weekend. The Flames are scheduled to host Northern Illinois on Tuesday before making the trip to Ohio. UIC is led by Scott Ota who has been named the Horizon League Batter of the Week twice this season. He is second in the conference with 28 hits and is batting .341 with 17 RBIs.

Recapping Last Week

The Penguins dropped a non-conference road contest at Kent State on Tuesday before winning two of three games over the weekend at home against Horizon League-foe Northern Kentucky. After falling 7-2 against the Golden Flashes on Tuesday, YSU bounced back by sweeping Saturday's doubleheader with NKU by finals of 3-1 and 9-2. The Penguins got dominant pitching performances from Greg Dunham and Collin Floyd on Saturday. Dunham gave up just one run and five hits over 6.1 innings in game one while Floyd allowed only three hits and struck out eight batters over seven shutout innings in game two. YSU fell 12-5 to the Norse in the series finale on Sunday. The Penguins are currently tied with Milwaukee for second place in the Horizon League standings with a conference record of 3-3.

Kendrick Approaching Another Record

Senior infielder Andrew Kendrick set Youngstown State's single-season record for home runs last season with 17. With three home runs this season, he is now just three away from tying the career record of 27. Kendrick hit two blasts in three games played against Milwaukee March 17-18.

YSU Career Home Runs

  1. 27 - Erich Diedrich (2004-08)
  2. 26 - Adam Cox (2001-04)
  3. 24 - Andrew Kendrick (2016-18)

Floyd Tosses Another Gem

Junior lefty Collin Floyd has been dominant in his last two starts on the mound. He was magnificent in the second game of YSU's doubleheader with NKU on Saturday. He allowed only three hits and struck out eight batters over seven shutout innings to lead the Penguins to a 9-2 win. He surrendered just one run on five hits while striking out six in seven innings of work to earn the win in the second game of a doubleheader vs. Milwaukee on March 17. That performance helped YSU to a 5-3 victory and its first Horizon League win of 2018. Floyd has registered at least 50 strikeouts in each of the past two seasons and Collegiate Baseball noted him as a Top Player To Watch in the Horizon League in its 2018 preview edition. He is currently third in the conference with 35 strikeouts in six starts. The junior, who is scheduled to start game tow against UIC on Friday, is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA over his last two starts.

Dunham Dealing

Sophomore right-hander Greg Dunham allowed just one run and five hits over 6.1 innings in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against NKU to guide YSU to a 3-1 win. He pitched nine innings against Radford on March 9 and was brilliant. He allowed just two runs on eight hits and struck out six batters. Radford did all of its damage against Dunham in the first three innings before he blanked the Highlanders over his final six innings. Radford had six hits in the first and third innings but they managed just two more off Dunham after that. Dunham pitched six solid innings at Belmont on Feb. 16 to earn the win in his Penguins debut and help YSU to its first win in a season opener since 2010. He is slated to start game one of the Penguins' series against UIC on Friday.

Bridis Bolsters Lineup

Collegiate Baseball noted senior outfielder Trey Bridis as a Top Player To Watch in the Horizon League in its 2018 preview edition. After a slow start, the senior has been heating up over the past few weeks. Bridis is batting .333 with 13 hits, three home runs and a .615 slugging percentage over his last 10 games. He has also scored 10 runs, collected six RBIs and stolen four bases over that stretch. He has reached base in 18 of his last 20 games and hit safely in 11 of 14 contests. The senior had four hits including his third home run of the season in three games against Northern Kentucky this past weekend. He leads YSU with a .441 slugging percentage and is tied for the team lead with three home runs. Bridis ranks second with 30 total bases and a .402 on-base percentage. His .402 OBP ranks eighth in the Horizon League heading into the week. Bridis has walked a league-best 17 times in 20 games played this season.

Blazin' Hot

Sophomore outfielder Blaze Glenn has been one of YSU's most consistent and productive hitters all season long. He has reached base in a team-best 17 consecutive games and has hit safely in 11 of his last 14. Glenn leads YSU with a .306 batting average, 22 hits, 31 total bases and a .425 on-base percentage. His .425 OBP ranks fifth in the Horizon League heading into the week. Glenn is tied for the team lead with nine RBIs while ranking second with two home runs, five stolen bases, 13 walks and a .431 slugging percentage. He is batting .364 in conference play and is the only Penguin who has started all 21 games. Glenn went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs in YSU's 9-2 win over NKU in game two on Saturday.

Wehler Establishing Himself

Freshman infielder Jeff Wehler has established himself as one of YSU's most reliable players this season. The freshman has started 19 of the team's 21 games and shown great versatility, starting six games at first base, five at shortstop and eight as the designated hitter. Wehler leads the team and the Horizon League with 10 stolen bases. He is second on the team with eight RBIs and is third with 18 total hits. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games and went 2-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and a stolen base on Sunday vs. NKU. He went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in YSU's 9-2 win in the second game on Saturday. Wehler is batting .370 with 10 total hits, three doubles and six RBIs in Horizon League play.

Consistency from Dickerson

Junior infielder Drew Dickerson has been consistent at the dish and at second base in his first season with YSU. The transfer from Macomb Community College is second on the team with 19 hits and a .268 batting average while leading YSU with 48 assists and a perfect fielding percentage on defense. Dickerson has started at second base in 20 of YSU's 21 games has reached base in 14 of his last 15 contests. He has now hit safely in five straight games and is batting .333 with eight hits in conference play.

Caruso Catching Fire in Conference Play

Junior catcher Nick Caruso leads YSU with a .385 batting average in Horizon League play. The transfer from Macomb Community College went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in two games played against Northern Kentucky this past weekend. He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the series finale on Sunday. Caruso has been the starting catcher in 14 of YSU's 21 games this season. He also started one contest as the designated hitter.

Kendrick Heating Up

After a slow start to 2018, senior infielder Andrew Kendrick has nine hits, three home runs and eight RBIs over his past 10 games. He hit a two-run triple in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with Northern Kentucky, the first of his career. Kendrick batted .300 while slugging .900 with two home runs, five RBIs and two runs scored in three games played against Milwaukee on March 17-18. Kendrick went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, three RBIs, a walk and a run scored in the first game of a doubleheader on March 17. He followed that up by going 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a solo home run, two RBIs and a run scored in the series finale on March 18.

Up Next

After their three-game series at home against UIC, the Penguins will play back-to-back non-conference games against the Pittsburgh Panthers. YSU will host Pitt at Eastwood Field with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 3 before traveling to Charles L. Cost Field the next day to face the Panthers at 3 p.m. in a make-up game from March 13.

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