Penguins Look to Continue Hot Streak with Five Games This Week

Trey Bridis (Photo by John Vogel)
Trey Bridis (Photo by John Vogel)

Weather-Related Editor's Note:

Tuesday's game has been moved to Pittsburgh at 5 p.m., and Wednesday's game has been canceled. The weekend series against Oakland has been moved to Eastwood Field with a doubleheader scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. and one game set for Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Youngstown State baseball team will look to remain red hot as they begin a stretch of five games in six days this week. The Penguins have won four straight games and six of their last seven overall heading into the week.

YSU will begin the week with two non-conference games against Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Penguins will host the Panthers at Eastwood Field on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. The two teams will then play at Charles L. Cost Field on Wednesday at 3 p.m. to make up a game which was snowed out in March.

Live stats for Tuesday's game will be available at YSUsports.com while Wednesday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

YSU will also play a three-game, Horizon League series at Oakland beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. First pitch for the contests on Saturday at Sunday are slated for 1 p.m. Live stats will be available throughout the weekend through links on YSUsports.com.

Alumni Event

The Youngstown State Office of Alumni Engagement will be hosting a special alumni event at Tuesday's game vs. Pitt at Eastwood Field which is also open to all YSU employees. Registration includes complimentary admission to the game and a concessions voucher good for a hot dog, chips, and soft drink. After the game, alumni and friends will have the opportunity to meet the YSU players and coaches during a casual team meet-and-greet.

Promotions

Tuesday's contest at Eastwood Field will also be a Military Appreciation Game. Veterans as well as active service men and women will receive free admission. There will also be a team picture giveaway courtesy of The CW, 21-WFMJ and Belleria Pizza.

Quick Notes Around the Diamond

  • YSU earned its first sweep of a Horizon League opponent since 2012 with three wins over UIC this past weekend.
  • Blaze Glenn has reached base safely in a team-best 21 consecutive contests.
  • Glenn has hit safely in 14 of his last 18 games, is sixth in the Horizon League with a .434 OBP and is batting .324 with 11 hits over his last 10 games.
  • Trey Bridis has reached base in 22 of his last 24 games and hit safely in 15 of 18 contests.
  • Bridis has walked a Horizon League-best 24 times and is fifth in the Horizon League with a .439 OBP.
  • Bridis is hitting .400 with 14 hits, two home runs, nine walks and 11 runs scored over his last 10 games.
  • Jeff Wehler leads YSU and is second in the Horizon League with 10 stolen bases.
  • Wehler has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games and his batting .400 in nine Horizon League contests.
  • Collin Floyd was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on Monday
  • Floyd is third in the Horizon League with 45 strikeouts and is 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA over his last three starts.
  • Andrew Kendrick is third in the Horizon League with four home runs this season.
  • Nick Caruso is tied for the team lead with a .400 batting average in conference play.
  • Drew Dickerson has hit safely in a team-high nine straight games and is batting .333 with 13 hits and seven RBIs over his last 10 contests.
  • Greg Dunham is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last two starts.
  • Cody Dennis hit .364 with two doubles, two runs scored, two sacrifice bunts and an RBI in three games against UIC this past weekend.

Scouting Opponents

Pittsburgh (14-10) is coming off two straight wins over Virginia this past weekend. Liam Sabino leads Pitt with a .345 batting average, seven home runs and 13 stolen bases while David Yanni has a team-high 22 RBIs. Oakland (6-18, 4-5 Horizon League) won two of three  against Milwaukee over the weekend. Mario Camilletti leads the Golden Grizzlies with a .315 batting average while Ben Hart has a team-high three home runs and 15 RBIs. Starting pitcher Jake Lee leads the Horizon League with 57 strikeouts. Oakland will play two games at Purdue this week before hosting YSU.

Recapping Last Week

YSU has won six of its last seven games and four straight after winning four contests last week. The Penguins scored four runs in the ninth inning to earn a thrilling, 9-7 comeback win at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday before sweeping UIC in three-game, Horizon League series over the weekend at Eastwood Field. It was YSU's first sweep of a conference opponent since 2012. The Penguins won 3-1 on Friday before taking both games of a doubleheader on Saturday by finals of 7-2 and 6-5. YSU is now tied for first place in the Horizon League standings with a mark of 6-3.

Kendrick Approaching Another Record

Senior infielder Andrew Kendrick set Youngstown State's single-season record for home runs last season with 17. With four home runs this season, he is now just two away from tying the career record of 27. Kendrick hit his fourth home run of the season in game two on Saturday against UIC.

YSU Career Home Runs

  1. 27 - Erich Diedrich (2004-08)
  2. 26 - Adam Cox (2001-04)
  3. 25 - Andrew Kendrick (2016-18)

Hot Stretch Continues

YSU is tied with Wright State for first place in the Horizon League standings heading into the week with a 6-3 conference mark. After a disappointing start to the season, the Penguins have won four straight, six of nine to begin league play and six of seven overall. With three wins over UIC this past weekend, YSU earned its first sweep of a conference opponent since it swept a three-game set with the Flames on April 29, 2012.

Floyd Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Junior lefty Collin Floyd has been dominant in his last three starts on the mound. He was magnificent in the first game of YSU's doubleheader with UIC on Saturday. He allowed two unearned runs on only four hits and struck out 10 batters while walking just one over six innings to lead the Penguins to a 7-2 win. The 10 strikeouts were just one shy of his career high, and he recorded at least one strikeout in each inning. For his efforts, Floyd was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career. He has won three straight conference starts and has allowed just one earned run over 20 innings with 24 strikeouts and a 0.45 ERA over that stretch. 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 Horizon League with 45 strikeouts in seven starts.

Dunham Dealing

Sophomore right-hander Greg Dunham allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings in guiding YSU to 3-1 win over UIC on Friday. He struck out six batters in the game and only walked one. Dunham is now 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last two starts. He gave up just one run on five hits over 6.1 innings in the first game of a doubleheader against Northern Kentucky on March 24 to guide YSU to a 3-1 win. 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 with Oakland 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. Bridis is batting .400 with 14 hits, two home runs, 11 runs scored, nine walks and a .629 slugging percentage over his last 10 games. He has reached base in 22 of his last 24 games while hitting safely in six straight and 15 of his last 18 contests. The senior walked seven times in three games against UIC this past weekend and is in the midst of a season-long, six-game hitting streak. He leads YSU with a .439 on-base percentage, 24 walks and 16 runs scored. His 24 walks are the most in the Horizon League and his .439 OBP ranks fifth heading into the week.

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 21 consecutive games and has hit safely in 14 of his last 18. Glenn leads YSU with a .302 batting average, 26 hits, 38 total bases and a .442 slugging percentage. Glenn is second on the team with three home runs, 12 RBIs, five stolen bases, 18 walks and a .434 on-base percentage. His .434 OBP ranks sixth in the Horizon League and his 18 walks are tied for second heading into the week. Glenn is batting .324 with 11 hits over his last 10 games and .313 in conference play. He is the only Penguin who has started all 25 games. 

Wehler Establishing Himself

Freshman infielder Jeff Wehler has established himself as one of YSU's most reliable players this season. The freshman has started 23 of the team's 25 games and shown great versatility, starting 10 games at first base, five at shortstop and eight as the designated hitter. Wehler leads the team and is second in the Horizon League with 10 stolen bases. He has a team-high six doubles and is tied for second with 12 RBIs. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games and reached base in seven straight. Wehler recorded six total hits, two doubles and four RBIs in three games played over the weekend to help YSU sweep UIC. Wehler is batting .400 with 16 total hits, five doubles, 10 RBIs, 21 total bases and a .525 slugging percentage in conference 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 25 hits and a .287 batting average while leading YSU with 64 assists on defense. Dickerson has started at second base in 24 of YSU's 25 games and has reached base in 18 of his last 19 contests. He has now hit safely in a team-high nine straight games and is batting .324 with 12 hits and six RBIs in Horizon League play. Dickerson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to help YSU to a 6-5 win in the second game of a doubleheader against UIC on Saturday.

Kendrick Heating Up

After a slow start to 2018, senior infielder Andrew Kendrick has been heating up over the past few weeks. He has reached base safely in nine straight games and is batting .250 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and a .679 slugging percentage in nine Horizon League contests. Kendrick leads the team with four home runs and 13 RBIs on the season. His 14 walks this season rank third on the team and fifth in the Horizon League while his four home runs rank third in the conference heading into the week. The senior hit a two-run homer over the left field wall in the second game of a doubleheader vs. UIC on Saturday to help his team to a 6-5 win. With four home runs this season, he now has 25 in his YSU career and is two away from tying the program's career record of 27.

Up Next

After their weekend series at Oakland, the Penguins will play at Bowling Green in a mid-week, non-conference game on Tuesday, April 10. First pitch at Warren E. Steller Field is currently slated for 3:05 p.m. YSU will then travel to Wright State for a three-game, Horizon League series at Nischwitz Stadium April 13-15.

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