Baseball to Open Horizon League Tournament Wednesday Versus Oakland

Cody Dennis and Drew Dickerson (Photo by Trevor Parks)
Cody Dennis and Drew Dickerson (Photo by Trevor Parks)

The Youngstown State baseball team will enter next week's Horizon League Tournament as the fifth seed and will begin postseason play against fourth-seeded Oakland on Wednesday at noon. The tournament is being hosted at Wright State's Nischwitz Stadium after the Raiders secured the top seed in the field.

All games of the tournament will be streamed live on ESPN+, and live stats will also be available.

The Penguins finished the regular season with a 17-36 overall record and a 10-19 mark in conference contests, which was a half-game better than sixth-seeded Northern Kentucky. Oakland went 15-31 overall during the season and 12-14 in conference play to earn the fourth seed. The Penguins were 2-3 against the Golden Grizzlies during the regular season, splitting a doubleheader at Eastwood Field on April 6 and going 1-2 at Oakland the first weekend of May.

UIC, which swept YSU to conclude the regular season, is the tournament's second seed, and Milwaukee took two of three from Oakland the final weekend to secure the third seed.

The opening round games on Wednesday will be single elimination, and the tournament will shift to a double-elimination format on Thursday once it is narrowed to four teams. After the Penguins and Golden Grizzlies battle at noon on Wednesday to advance, Milwaukee and Northern Kentucky will follow.

Youngstown State's 10 Horizon League wins tied for its most since 2009, and the 17 regular-season victories were the most by the program since 2010. The Penguins are playing in the conference tournament for the first time since 2015.

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