Four Penguins Earn Horizon League Postseason Honors

Phillip Glasser, Blaze Glenn, Dylan Swarmer and Jeff Wehler earned Horizon League postseason recognition in 2019
Phillip Glasser, Blaze Glenn, Dylan Swarmer and Jeff Wehler earned Horizon League postseason recognition in 2019

Youngstown State baseball players Blaze Glenn, Jeff Wehler, Phillip Glasser and Dylan Swarmer earned postseason recognition on the All-Horizon League Teams that were released on Tuesday.

Glenn and Wehler were voted to the All-Horizon League Second Team, while Glasser and Swarmer earned nods to the All-Freshman Team. Glenn and Wehler are second-team honorees for the second consecutive season, and Glasser and Swarmer gives the Penguins six players on the all-freshman squad in the last two years.

Glenn ranks in the top 10 in the Horizon League with nine home runs, 42 RBIs, 38 walks and 18 stolen bases, and he is the only infielder in the conference to rank in the top 10 in both home runs and steals. The junior third baseman from Toronto, Ohio, leads the Penguins in doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks and total bases, and he is just the second player in program history to hit at least nine home runs in two different seasons. He was a two-time Horizon League Batter of the Week during the regular season on Feb. 25 and April 8, and he was also named a Top 30 National Performer by D1Baseball.com twice.

Wehler was a second-team selection in 2018 at shortstop, and his 2019 honor comes as a left fielder. The St. Marys, Pa., native ranks 16th in the country and second in the Horizon League with 30 stolen bases, and only four underclassmen have stolen more bases than him. While his stolen base numbers are among the nation's best, he also leads the Penguins with a .297 batting average, 54 hits and a .451 slugging percentage. He is tied for the team lead with 10 doubles, and he ranks second with 82 total bases, 31 runs and 27 RBIs. In 24 league games, he batted .330 and stole 17 bases.

Glasser has been YSU's starting shortstop in 47 out of 53 games, and he's been the starter in 40 of the past 41 contests. The freshman from Tallmadge, Ohio, ranks second in the Horizon League with seven sacrifice bunts, and his 125 assists rank fifth in the conference. Among freshmen in the conference, he ranks fourth in both batting average and RBIs. For the year, Glasser has batted .268 with nine stolen bases, 30 runs scored, eight doubles and 20 RBIs in his freshman campaign. Since the start of April, he has hit an impressive .307 and is tied for the team lead with 31 hits in 26 games.

Swarmer has started 40 games overall and each of the last 30 contests for the Penguins at catcher. He leads the Penguins and ranks fourth in the Horizon League with three triples, and, in the 26 games since the start of April, he is batting .247 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. The Saxonburg, Pa., native became the first YSU catcher in 15 years to hit two home runs in a game in a 5-4 win over Wright State on May 4, and he was named a Top 30 National Performer by D1Baseball.com for his efforts. Defensively, Swarmer ranks fourth in the league with 10 runners caught stealing.

Wright State and UIC, the top two seeds in this week's Horizon League Baseball Championship, took home the five special awards. Wright State outfielder Peyton Burdick was voted the Horizon League Player of the Year, WSU infielder Tyler Black was named the Freshman of the Year and manager Alex Sogard is the Coach of the Year. UIC's Jacob Key was voted the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, and Flames closer Alex Padilla is the Relief Pitcher of the Year.

Youngstown State will take on Milwaukee on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the first round of the Horizon League Baseball Championship.