Baseball Begins Road Stretch with Three-Game Set at Oakland

Blaze Glenn
Blaze Glenn

The Youngstown State baseball team will return to action on Saturday after having four days off due to finals week with a three-game, Horizon League series at Oakland. The two teams will play one game on Saturday at 3 p.m., and there will be a doubleheader on Sunday starting at noon.

Saturday will begin a stretch of eight straight road games and 11 of 12 away from home to finish the regular season for YSU. Greg Dunham is the scheduled starter for the Penguins in game one, Collin Floyd will take the ball in game two and Alex Bellardini is slated to start the finale. Live stats will be available throughout the weekend through links on YSUsports.com.

Quick Notes Around the Diamond

  • Blaze Glenn has reached base safely in 37 consecutive contests. That is tied for the third-longest streak in the nation this season.
  • Glenn homered three times in a doubleheader on April 24, including twice in the second game vs. BGSU.
  • Glenn has hit safely in 28 of his last 34 games and is fifth in the Horizon League with a .326 batting average.
  • Glenn is also third in the league in home runs (9), third in walks (28), fourth in hits (47), fourth in RBIs (34), sixth in OBP (.438), sixth in slugging (.556).
  • Glenn is batting .385 with 15 hits, three doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs over his last 10 games.
  • Collin Floyd is second in the Horizon League with a career-high 76 strikeouts this season.
  • Trey Bridis has now hit safely in 27 of his last 34 contests.
  • Bridis ranks second in the Horizon League with 32 walks and is ninth in the conference with a .416 OBP.
  • Bridis also ranks third in triples (2), fifth in runs scored (33), fifth in stolen bases (9) and sixth in home runs (5).
  • Bridis is hitting .293 with 12 hits, six walks, nine runs scored and 17 total bases over his last 10 games.
  • After starting the season just 2-for-23, Bridis is hitting .317 with 40 hits in 32 games played since March 4.
  • Drew Dickerson has hit safely in 18 of his last 25 games and has nine hits over his last 10 contests.
  • Jeff Wehler leads YSU and is second in the Horizon League with 16 stolen bases.
  • Wehler has hit safely in 21 of his last 27 games and is batting .294 with 25 hits and 14 RBIs in league contests.
  • Andrew Kendrick is fifth in the Horizon League with seven home runs this season.
  • Cody Dennis leads the Horizon League with eight sacrifice bunts.
  • Freshman catcher/infielder Austin Trace is batting .300 with nine hits and five RBIs over his last eight games.

Scouting Opponents

Oakland (12-27, 9-11 Horizon League) is coming off a 9-7 loss to Northern Kentucky on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series at Oakland Baseball Field. The Golden Grizzlies dropped two of three to the Norse over the weekend and have now lost five of their last six games overall. The Penguins and Golden Grizzlies split the only two games they have played this season. YSU earned an 8-2 victory in game one of a doubleheader on April 6 before falling 17-4 in game two. The rubber match of the series was canceled due to inclement weather. Mario Camilletti leads Oakland with a .301 batting average while Ben Hart is tied for fourth in the Horizon League with 34 RBIs. Starting pitcher Jake Lee currently leads the league with 88 strikeouts.

Recapping Last Week

YSU went 2-3 in five games played at Eastwood Field last week. The Penguins started the week strong by sweeping a rare split, day-night doubleheader with Niagara and Bowling Green on Tuesday, April 24. YSU beat the Purple Eagles 11-5 in game one and then bested the Falcons 13-4 in the night cap. Blaze Glenn hit three home runs on the day, two of which game against BGSU in game two. The sophomore went 4-for-4 against the Falcons with four runs scored and four RBIs. The Penguins were then swept for the second time this season by Wright State in three-game, Horizon League series over the weekend. The Raiders defeated the Penguins 7-2 on Friday, 10-3 on Saturday and 8-3 in the finale on Sunday.

Road-Heavy Stretch to End Regular Season

Youngstown State will begin a stretch of eight straight road games and 11 of 12 away from home to end the regular season on Saturday at Oakland. After their three-game series in Michigan this weekend, the Penguins will play two non-conference road contests at Toledo and Ohio next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. YSU will then travel to face Northern Kentucky for a three-game, conference set May 11-13 before playing its final home game against Kent State on May 15th. The Penguins will conclude the regular season with a three-game, Horizon League series at UIC on May 17-19. This road-heavy stretch comes after YSU played eight straight home games. Because of some weather-related shuffling in the schedule, the Penguins have just one more home game remaining. YSU was originally supposed to have a home series against Oakland the first weekend of May, but the teams had to flip their home-and-home set at the start of April due to bad weather in Michigan. YSU has played 19 of 27 games at home since March 17.

Looking to Get Back on Track

After getting off to a 7-3 start in Horizon League play, Youngstown State has hit a rough patch with 10 consecutive conference losses. The Penguins earned their first sweep of a league opponent since 2012 and moved into a tie for first place in the conference standings with three wins over UIC on March 30-31. YSU then beat Oakland 8-2 in game one of a doubleheader of April 6 to improve its league record to 7-3. The Guins lost game two of that doubleheader 17-4 to begin the current losing skid in league action. They will be looking to get back on track this weekend at Oakland after being swept in three consecutive conference series — twice by first-place Wright State and once by Milwaukee.

Blazin' Hot

Sophomore outfielder Blaze Glenn has made quite an impression in his first season with the program. The transfer from Sinclair Community College has been one of YSU's most consistent and productive hitters all season. He has reached base in a conference-best 37 straight games, which is tied for the third-longest streak in the nation this season. He has also hit safely in 28 of his last 34 contests. Glenn hit three home runs in a doubleheader sweep last Tuesday, including two against Bowling Green in game two. He went 4-for-4 with two dingers, four runs scored and four RBIs against the Falcons. He leads YSU with a .326 batting average, nine home runs, 34 RBIs, 47 hits, 80 total bases, a .438 OBP and a .556 slugging percentage. He ranks in the top 10 of the Horizon League in seven different offensive categories. Going into the week, he is third in home runs, third in walks, fourth in hits, fourth in RBIs, sixth in OBP and sixth in slugging. Glenn is batting .385 and slugging .692 with 15 hits, three doubles, three homers and 13 RBIs over his last 10 games. He is second on the team with 10 multi-hit games this season and leads the squad with eight multiple-RBI games. Glenn is also the only Penguin who has started all 41 games this season.

Up Next

After their three-game series at Oakland this weekend, the Penguins will play two non-conference road contests at Toledo and Ohio next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch at Scott Park on Tuesday is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. while the game at Bob Wren Stadium on Wednesday is set for 6 p.m.