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The Youngstown State baseball team will make the short trip to Pennsylvania to face the Pittsburgh Panthers at Charles L. Cost Field on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and live stats will be available through a link on YSUsports.com. The game will also be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra and WatchESPN.
Colin Clark is slated to start for the Penguins while right-hander Chris Gomez will go for the Panthers. The Penguins are coming off a stretch in which they played eight games in nine days and spent 11 straight days on the road.
The Youngstown State Office of Alumni Engagement will be hosting an event at the game for Pittsburgh-area alumni. See the link below for a chance to meet our student-athletes and cheer on the Penguins.
A YSU Win Would…
- Give the Penguins their second win of the season
- Give the Penguins their eighth win against Pittsburgh
- Snap a five-game losing streak to the Panthers
- Snap a 13-game losing streak overall
Quick Notes Around the Diamond
- The Penguins had a season-high 11 hits in the second game of their doubleheader at Radford on Saturday
- Andrew Kendrick has four hits including a double and a home run over his past five games
- Kendrick hit his first home run of the season in the ninth inning at Radford on Friday to help YSU force extra innings
- Nick Massey has hit safely in his last four outings and is batting .364 with four hits over his last three games
- Lucas Nasonti is 3-for-6 over his last three games and has reached base in each game
- Austin Trace is 2-for-4 with a double in his last two contests
- Jakob Brustoski pitched a scoreless inning of relief in both games at Liberty last week. The freshman retired the side in order in each outing and struck out all three batters he faced last Tuesday
- Youngstown State won its first season opener since 2010 with a 8-4 victory at Belmont on Feb. 16
- Six different Penguins making their first starts in the batting order had hits in the opener
- This year's roster features 11 returning letterwinners, 12 returners overall and 23 newcomers
The Panthers are 11-4 on the season and have won six of their last eight games after a 15-10 win in the second game of a doubleheader at Virginia Tech on Saturday. Junior infielder Liam Sabino leads Pitt with a .364 batting average, six home runs, 16 RBIs and seven stolen bases while sophomore infielder David Yanni is hitting .320 with two home runs and 14 RBIs. Scheduled starter Chris Gomez is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.38 in one start and five appearances this season. The Penguins are 7-34-1 all-time against Pitt with their last win coming on April 2, 2014 in a 7-6 decision at Eastwood Field. YSU has lost five straight in the series including last year's meeting by a score of 3-2 in 10 innings at Charles L. Cost Stadium.
Recapping Last Week
YSU dropped two games at Liberty last week, losing 16-0 to the Flames on Tuesday and 12-2 on Wednesday. The Penguins then suffered three heartbreaking losses at Radford, falling 4-3 in 10 innings on Friday before going down 6-4 and 4-3 in a doubleheader on Saturday. YSU held leads in each game against the Highlanders but were unable to come away with a victory. Radford won in walk-off fashion on Friday and in the second game on Saturday. The Penguins have now lost 13 straight contests since winning their season opener at Belmont on Feb. 16.
Newcomers Making Major Impact
A number of YSU's 23 newcomers have played major roles through the first 14 games of the season. Blaze Glenn leads the team with a .286 batting average, 14 hits, two home runs, six RBIs, 22 total bases and a .449 slugging percentage. Drew Dickerson is second on the team with 10 hits while Zach Lopatka is third with nine. Nick Caruso is tied for the team lead with three doubles and is second on the squad with five RBIs. Colin Clark, Chad Coles, Cody Dennis, Kip DeShields, Greg Dunham, Nick Massey, Lucas Nasonti, Austin Trace and Jeff Wehler among others have also seen significant action in their first season with the program.
Sophomore outfielder Blaze Glenn has been on fire at the plate over the last few weeks. The transfer from Sinclair Community College has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and is batting .324 with 11 hits and a .471 slugging percentage over that stretch. During that 10-game span, Glenn has reached base in every contest with an OBP of .452. The sophomore hit a solo home run to the opposite field to give his team the lead in the top of the 10th inning at Radford on Friday. Glenn has started all 14 games in right field and leads YSU with a .286 batting average, 14 hits, two home runs, six RBIs, 22 total bases and a .449 slugging percentage. He is the only Penguin who has started in each of the team's 14 games to this point.
Bridis Bolsters Lineup
Senior outfielder Trey Bridis has been a key figure in the YSU lineup over the past few seasons. Collegiate Baseball noted 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 six hits and a .556 slugging percentage over his last five games. He has also doubled, scored two runs, stole two bases and walked five times over that stretch. Bridis led off the first game of YSU's doubleheader on Saturday with his first home run of the season. He has hit safely in five straight games and reached base in 13 consecutive contests, both of which are team highs.
Senior infielder Web Charles is another key returner who has been finding his groove as of late. Charles was one of two YSU players to play in all 55 games last season. He recorded the third-best batting average on the team at .276 in 2017. He also tied for the team lead with 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts. His eight steals in conference play were good for fifth in the Horizon League last season. Charles is batting .313 and slugging .500 over his past five games. The junior recorded five total hits including three doubles while registering eight total bases and an RBI last week. He posted a .389 OBP for the week and also stole a base. Charles went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI on Wednesday at Liberty.
Lopatka Playing Two Ways
Junior Zach Lopatka has showcased his skills as a position player and as a pitcher this season. The transfer from Lackawanna College has started six games in left field, six as the designated hitter and two on the mound. Lopatka is third on the team with nine hits and has reached base in eight straight games. The left-hander made his second start on the bump at Radford on Saturday and was tremendous. Lopatka pitched all 6.2 innings in the predetermined seven-inning contest. Through six innings, he had allowed just one run on four hits. The junior struck out five and did not walk a batter in the game.
Consistency from Dickerson
Junior infielder Drew Dickerson has been consistent at the dish and at second base in his first season as a Penguin. The transfer from Macomb Community College is second on the squad with 10 hits while leading YSU with 31 assists and a perfect fielding percentage on defense. Dickerson has started at second base in 13 of YSU's 14 games has reached base in eight consecutive contests.
Career Firsts for Wehler
Freshman infielder Jeff Wehler registered two singles, a solo home run, an RBI and two runs scored in three games at No. 13 Louisville in late February. He went 2-for-4 with a single and his first-career home run in the series finale on Feb. 25. He scored YSU's only two runs of the day and also stole the first two bases of his career. The freshman has started 12 of the team's 14 games and shown great versatility, starting six games at first base, four at shortstop and two as the designated hitter. Wehler leads the team with five stolen bases and is poised to be a major part of the lineup moving forward.
Dunham Deals at Radford
Sophomore right-hander Greg Dunham pitched nine innings against Radford on Friday 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. He retired Radford in order in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings. 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.
Tuesday's contest at Pittsburgh will be the last of 15 straight away from home to begin the season. YSU is scheduled to play its home and Horizon League opener on Friday against Milwaukee to begin a three-game series at Eastwood Field