Baseball to Play Four Home Games, Honor Seniors This Week at Eastwood Field

Web Charles (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Web Charles (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State baseball team will begin the month of May with four home games this week at Eastwood Field. The Penguins will host Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. on Wednesday before welcoming Wright State for a three-game Horizon League series beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

After opening their series on Friday evening, the Penguins and Raiders will proceed to play at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Live audio will be available for all four games at YSNLive.com. YSU's senior class will be honored as part of a special Senior Day ceremony prior to Saturday's game.

Live stats throughout the week will be available through links on YSUsports.com, and fans can also follow @YSUBaseball on Twitter for live updates.

Probable Starters:

Promotions

  • Wednesday's game against Eastern Michigan will include a YSU Baseball 2019 Team Photo Giveaway. It will also be another Military Appreciation Game as veterans may receive up to four complimentary tickets with a valid military ID.
  • Friday's series opener against Wright State will feature $1 hot dogs and $1 pop as well as a YSU Cup Giveaway.
  • Saturday's contest will be Senior Day as YSU will honor its senior class prior to first pitch. 
  • Saturday will also feature another Quaker Steak "Strikeout Inning" promotion. If a YSU pitcher strikes out an opposing batter during a specific inning, all fans will receive a coupon for a buy-one, get-one-free appetizer of equal or lesser value at Quaker Steak and Lube.
  • Sunday's series finale with the Raiders will be a special Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer® game. The Penguins will be Laced Up in Go4theGoal's GOLD laces to show their commitment to the fight against pediatric cancer.
  • Sunday's game will also include another "T-shirts for Strikeouts" promotion where t-shirts will be thrown into the crowd when a YSU pitcher strikes out an opposing batter.
  • Sunday will also feature another McDonald's "Home Run Giveaway" - If a YSU player hit a home run, all fans will go home with a coupon for a free McDouble, courtesy of McDonald's.

Previewing Opponents

Scouting The Eagles

  • Eastern Michigan enters the week at 11-32-1 overall and 6-12 in MAC play after sweeping Toledo in a three-game series over the weekend.
  • Junior infielder Zachary Owings, who was a First-Team All-MAC selection last season, leads EMU with a .353 batting average, 61 hits, four home runs, 27 RBIs, a .555 slugging percentage and 11 stolen bases. He ranks in the top 10 of the MAC in six different offensive categories.
  • Sophomore outfielder Jeff Timko is hitting .331 with 21 RBIs, and is tied for the team lead with four home runs.
  • Sophomore left-hander Scott Granzotto has a 3.88 ERA over 12 appearances and nine starts. Junior lefty Caleb Hester has a team-high three saves in 12 relief appearances.
  • Head Coach Eric Roof is in his first full season after serving as the team's interim head coach in 2018. He guided the Eagles to a 22-34 overall record and a 14-13 mark in MAC play.

Scouting The Raiders

  • Wright State will begin the week at 32-13 overall and 14-7 in Horizon League play. The Raiders have now won five straight games after sweeping a three-game series against UIC over the weekend.
  • WSU is currently atop the Horizon League standings with a half-game lead over Milwaukee.
  • Wright State is the defending Horizon League regular season and tournament champion, and has won the conference tournament in three of the last four years.
  • The Raiders received all six first-place votes in the league's preseason poll. WSU returned five all-league performers and two All-Freshman Team selections from the 2018 team that won the regular-season title with a 22-6 conference mark.
  • Junior outfielder Peyton Burdick was picked unanimously as the league's Preseason Player of the Year by various publications. He currently leads the league with 63 hits, 16 doubles, 46 walks and a .518 on-base percentage.
  • Burdick also ranks in the top five of the league with his .380 batting average, .657 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 47 RBIs, 59 runs scored, three triples and 15 stolen bases.
  • Senior outfielder JD Orr leads the nation with 45 stolen bases and 65 runs scored.
  • Senior right-hander Bear Bellomy ranks second in the league with 69.2 innings pitched and fifth with 53 strikeouts. Senior lefty Zane Collins is tied for the league lead with seven wins and ranks sixth with 44 punch outs.
  • The Raiders lead the Horizon League in runs scored, hits, home runs, slugging, walks, OBP, stolen bases and fielding percentage.
  • Nationally, Wright State ranks third in steals, fifth in walks, sixth in runs and OBP and ninth in scoring.

Series History

 Eastern Michigan:

  • Overall: Youngstown State leads 2-1
  • Bertolini: 1-0 // Home: 0-0 // Away: 1-0 // Neutral: 1-1
  • Current Win Streak: 1 by Youngstown State
  • First meeting: March 8, 2014 (W 5-4 – 10 innings)
  • The two teams split a pair of neutral-site games in March of 2014 at Marge Schott Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, before the Penguins won a 9-7 decision last season in Ypsilanti.
  • Wednesday will mark the first time YSU has hosted EMU at Eastwood Field.

Wright State:

  • Overall: Wright State leads 77-35
  • Bertolini: 2-13 // Home: 13-36 // Away: 19-40
  • Current Win Streak: 1 by Wright State
  • The Raiders took two of three games in the first series between the teams this season in late March.
  • YSU's 10-8 win on March 30 snapped a 10-game losing streak to Wright State.
  • The Penguins' last win at Eastwood Field was a 5-2 decision in the second game of a doubleheader on April 9, 2017, during Dan Bertolini's first season as head coach.
  • First meeting: May 19, 1977

A Win on Wednesday Would…

  • Be YSU's 11th of the season and 44th under Head Coach Dan Bertolini.
  • Give the Penguins their third win in four games.
  • Be YSU's second straight win over Eastern Michigan.
  • Be the Penguins' second straight victory at Eastwood Field and improve their home record to 9-6.

A Win on Friday Would…

  • Even the season series with Wright State at 2-2.
  • Be the Penguins' first over Wright State at Eastwood Field since 2017.
  • Improve YSU's Horizon League record to 6-13.
  • Be the Penguins' second straight league victory at Eastwood Field, and improve their home record in league play to 5-5.

 Last Time Against Eastern Michigan – March 27, 2018 // W 9-7

  • YSU scored four runs in the top of the ninth and survived a scare in the bottom half of the inning to outlast Eastern Michigan for a 9-7 win at Oestrike Stadium.
  • In what started out as a slugfest with 11 combined runs in the first three innings, the Penguins relied on their bullpen to set the stage for a dramatic ninth inning.
  • With the Penguins trailing 7-5 to start the ninth, Nick Massey, Jeff Wehler and Blaze Glenn drew three straight walks to load the bases with one out. Massey scored on a fielder's choice to cut the margin to one, and Zach Lopatka's two-out double brought in Glenn with the tying run. 
  • After Drew Dickerson walked to load the bases again, Austin Trace plated pinch-runner Lucas Nasonti with an infield single that proved to be the winning run. Lopatka then raced home on a passed ball to give the Penguins an insurance run and a 9-7 lead.
  • Eastern Michigan certainly had a chance in the ninth as it loaded the bases with nobody out, but Dalton Earich didn't allow a ball to leave the infield as he retired the next three hitters.
  • Glenn, Lopatka and Dickerson each had two hits, and Glenn hit his third home run of the season for the Penguins.
  • After the Eagles scored five runs in the first two innings, five Penguins relievers limited them to two runs over the final seven frames.
  • Alex Bellardini surrendered one run over the third through fifth innings to slow EMU down, and Butler, Jakob Brustoski and Earich blanked the Eagles over the final 11 outs. Brustoski was awarded his first career win, and Earich notched his first save.

Last Series Against Wright State

Game 1 - Friday, March 29 (L 1-7)

  • Youngstown State fell 7-1 to Wright State in the opener of a three-game Horizon League series at Nischwitz Stadium.
  • The Raiders went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning before the Penguins tied it with a run in the second. Wright State then scored six runs over the third, fourth and fifth innings to pull away. 
  • Wright State starter Bear Bellomy earned the win after allowing one run on only three hits and striking out nine batters with just one walk over seven innings. The senior right-hander sat down the Penguins in order in five different frames. He retired 11 straight hitters at one point as YSU went without a hit between the fifth and eighth innings.
  • YSU's bullpen did a nice job keeping the deficit at six runs as three Penguins relievers blanked the Raiders over their final three at-bats. Dalton EarichChad Coles and Grant Kersh each worked a scoreless inning of relief.
  • Cameron Murray recorded a season-high two hits including an RBI single in second. Drew Dickerson and Lucas Nasonti each singled while Blaze Glenn hit his fifth double and stole his 10th base of the season. Dickerson scored a run and notched his seventh stolen base of the campaign.

Game 2 - Saturday, March 30 (W 10-8)

  • YSU scored a season-high 10 runs over the first four innings of play, and withstood a late charge to earn a 10-8 win.
  • Trailing 10-7, the Raiders got their first two hitters aboard in the bottom of the ninth with a single and walk. After Brett Souder retired the next two batters on a fly out and a strikeout, another walk loaded the bases to bring the potential winning run to the plate.
  • In the next at bat, Chase Slone also walked to drive home a run and cut the YSU lead to two runs. However, Earich came out of the bullpen and struck out Connor Regan looking to end the game and even the series at a game apiece.
  • The win was YSU's second in three games, snapped a 10-game losing streak to Wright State, and was the Penguins' first win over the Raiders in Dayton since April of 2015. 
  • WSU hit four home runs, scored in seven different innings, and plated the final six runs of the game, but could not overcome YSU's early offensive outburst. The Raiders jumped ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first before the Penguins scored all 10 of their runs over the next three innings. YSU led 10-2 after the top of the fourth, but Wright State scored in five of the final six innings to create the late-game drama.
  • Eight different Penguins had a hit, and Jeff WehlerSteven D'Eusanio and Dylan Swarmer each had two. Wehler was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, three RBIs and a career-high four stolen bases.
  • Phillip Glasser drove in a pair of runs and scored twice while D'Eusanio, Glenn and Murray also had an RBI. In addition to their season-high 10 runs, the Penguins also matched a season high with 11 hits.
  • YSU starter Marco DeFalco allowed four runs, three of them earned, on five hits over 5.2 innings to earn his first-career win. Earich was awarded his first save of the season after his game-sealing punch out in the ninth.
  • Brandon Matthews surrendered three runs on three hits over two innings, and Kip DeShields recorded the final out of the eighth before Souder and Earich came on in the ninth.

Game 3 - Sunday, March 31 (L 8-18)

  • YSU got plenty of offense but couldn't slow down Wright State as the Penguins dropped the series finale 18-8 to the Raiders on a cold Sunday afternoon.
  • Wright State scored the game's first five runs, and the Raiders crossed the plate seven times in the fourth inning to take a 12-2 lead. YSU sprinted back into the game with a five-run fifth, but Wright State countered with three runs in the bottom of the frame and ended up scoring six of the game's final seven runs.
  • Dickerson had a team-high three hits, and Zach Farrar had a pair of hits and plated four runs from the designated hitter spot. Glenn hit a pair of doubles, and Glasser, Trevor Wiersma and Web Charles also had hits.
  • After falling behind 5-0, YSU cut into the difference with two outs in the fourth when Farrar singled in Charles and Dickerson to make the score 5-2. Charles had reached on a one-out single, and Dickerson followed with a double.
  • Wright State swung the momentum back in its favor immediately in the bottom of the inning when Chase Slone led off with a homer, and the Raiders went on to score seven runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batter in the frame to go up 12-2.
  • Youngstown State got back in the game with five runs on three hits in the top of the fifth to make the score 12-7. Glenn hit a one-out double and came around on a pair of wild pitches, and Dickerson singled in Wiersma with two outs. D'Eusanio, who had walked, scored on another wild pitch to make the score 12-5, and Farrar plated Dickerson and Swarmer with a two-out double.
  • YSU's final run came in the sixth when Murray drew a leadoff walk, stole a pair of bases and scored on Glenn's RBI groundout

Recapping Last Week

vs. Ohio – Tuesday, April 23 // L 2-3

  • Ohio scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and spoil a solid start from Jon Snyder as it beat YSU 3-2 on Tuesday evening at Eastwood Field.
  • Snyder blanked the Bobcats over the first five innings, and he turned the game over to the bullpen after allowing a run in the top of the sixth that tied the score. 
  • Dalton Earich pitched a shutout seventh, but Ohio scored twice while recording a hit in the eighth off Brandon Matthews to get its 14th win of the season.
  • The Penguins' five pitchers allowed just two hits, but they issued seven harmful walks. All three Ohio runners that came around to score reached on walks. Ohio also used five pitchers, and they did not allow any walks.
  • Lucas Nasonti and Dylan Swarmer both had two hits and scored for the Penguins, who outhit the Bobcats 5-2.
  • Snyder was brilliant over six innings but had to settle for a no-decision. The redshirt-freshman right-hander had the longest outing of his career and tied his career high with six strikeouts, all of which came on swings and misses. Snyder allowed just five baserunners on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch on a strikeout.

vs. St. Bonaventure – Wednesday, April 24 // W 10-0

  • Blaze Glenn had six RBIs in the first five innings, and four pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout as the Youngstown State beat St. Bonaventure 10-0 on Wednesday at Eastwood Field.
  • Glenn was a triple shy of the cycle, and he became the first Penguin in two years to drive in six runs in a game. The junior third baseman was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, and Jeff Wehler also had three hits and a two-run bomb.
  • On the mound, Gary Clift Jr.Chad ColesZach Lopatka and Grant Kersh combined to blank the Bonnies on just three hits. The Penguins recorded their first shutout since May 8, 2016, at UIC and their first shutout at home since April 15, 2015, against Kent State.
  • Coles did the bulk of the work out of the bullpen, pitching a career-high five innings and striking out a career-best seven batters. The sophomore right-hander came on in the second inning and surrendered a two-out single in the third inning and a leadoff single in the fifth for the only two hits by the Bonnies in the first eight innings the contest. 
  • Coles allowed just three baserunners and retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. Clift Jr. allowed a one-out walk in the first in his lone inning, Lopatka pitched the seventh and eighth innings, and Kersh came on to pitch the ninth.
  • In addition to his three hits, Wehler also walked and stole three bases to increase his season total to 18 swipes. He became the first player in program history to steal three bases in three different games.

Due to heavy rainfall that resulted in unplayable field conditions, YSU's three-game Horizon League series at Oakland that was scheduled for this past weekend was cancelled, and will not be rescheduled.

Quick Notes Around The Diamond

  • Going into the week, YSU ranks second in the Horizon League and 15th in the nation with 87 stolen bases
  • YSU's 2.07 steals per game also rank second in the Horizon League and 14th in the nation. YSU and Wright State are tied for the league lead with 44 steals in Horizon League play.
  • YSU stole nine bases for the first time since 1970 to tie the single-game school record in last Wednesday's win over Toledo. The nine steals are the most the Penguins have ever recorded against a Division I opponent.
  • YSU has stolen at least two bases in 26 different games this season, and at least four on 10 occasions.
  • Five Penguins rank among the league leaders in stolen bases. Jeff Wehler is third with 18, Blaze Glenn is tied for fourth with 15, Drew Dickerson is seventh with 10, Lucas Nasonti is tied for eighth with nine and Phillip Glasser is tied for ninth with eight.
  • YSU also ranks second in the Horizon League with 196 walks. Nine Penguins have drawn at least 10 free passes, and two rank top-10 in the league. Glenn ranks seventh with 29 and Trevor Wiersma is eighth with 28.
  • Glenn was named Horizon League Batter of the Week for the second time this season on April 8. He was the first player to win the award multiple times in 2019.
  • Glenn was also named Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on April 8. He ranks among the top 10 in the conference in home runs (8), RBIs (39), walks (29) and steals (15).
  • Glenn was also named a National Top-30 Performer by D1Baseball.com for April 5 and April 13.
  • Freshman right-hander Travis Perry was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on April 22. He was also named a National Top-30 Performer by D1Baseball.com for April 19.
  • Sophomore left-hander Colin Clark ranks ninth in the league with 54.1 innings pitched.
  • With its win over Pitt on March 27, YSU earned its third win over an ACC opponent in the last three years, and beat the Panthers for the second time this season.
  • With a 6-5 win over Oakland on March 23, YSU won its home opener for the first time since the 2012 season. The Penguins have gone on to post an 8-6 record at home, and have won seven of their last 11 contests at Eastwood Field.
  • YSU played its first 19 games of the season on the road before its home-opening series with Oakland on March 23-24.
  • After this week, the Penguins will have played 14 of their last 19 games at Eastwood Field.
  • Inclement weather has caused schedule changes or cancellations to be made to nine of the Penguins' first 11 weekend series this season.

Notebook

Smooth Criminals

  • YSU's 87 stolen bases going into this week already rank as the second-most in a single season in program history. The school record of 104 was set all the way back in 1970.
  • After stealing 86 bases last season, the Penguins have now recorded two of the four best single-season stolen base totals in school history over the last two years.
  • YSU has also swiped at least 85 bags in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1997-98. Before last season, YSU had not recorded at least 80 steals since that 1998 campaign.
  • The Penguins' 87 steals rank second in the Horizon League and 15th in the nation at the start of the week. Their 2.07 steals per game also rank second in the league and 14th nationally.
  • YSU and Wright State are tied for the league lead with 44 steals in Horizon League play.
  • YSU's nine steals on March 10 against Toledo tied the single-game school record, and are the most the Penguins have ever recorded against a Division I opponent.
  • YSU also had eight steals at Northern Kentucky on May 11, 2018. The Penguins had not stolen at least eight bases in a game since 1986 prior to last season.
  • YSU has stolen at least two bases in 26 different games this season, and at least four on 10 occasions. The Penguins have swiped at least two bags in nine of their last 12 outings.

 Wehler's Historic Stolen Base Numbers 

  • After stealing a team-high 25 bases last season, sophomore outfielder Jeff Wehler now ranks seventh in Youngstown State history with 43 in his career. He is just the seventh player in school history to swipe at least 40 bases.
  • As of April 29, Wehler ranks third in the league with his 18 steals, and is 18-for-22 in stolen base attempts for the season. His nine steals in Horizon League play rank second behind Wright State's JD Orr, who has swiped 15 bags in conference action.
  • Wehler is only the fourth player in school history, and the first since Ray Farcas in 1998 to steal at least 18 bases in two different seasons. He and teammate Blaze Glenn are two of six Penguins to record 15 or more steals in two different campaigns.
  • In a win at Wright State on March 30, Wehler became just the third player in YSU history to steal at least four bases in a game, and the first since Nick Gesacion had four swipes against Alliance on April 27, 1968. The sophomore's four steals were one shy of the school record of five, set by Ron Aulet in 1964.
  • With his three steals in last week's win over St. Bonaventure, Wehler became the first player in YSU history to steal at least three bases in a game on three different occasions. He also became just the second Penguin to steal three or more bags in a game twice in the same season; Lorenzo Arcuri had a pair of three-steal games in May of 2017.
  • Wehler is one of just six Penguins since 2000 to steal at least three bases in a game. Before last season, only one Penguin had stolen at least three bases in a game since 2003. Wehler, Glenn and Lucas Nasonti each had games in which they swiped three bags in 2018. That trio has repeated the feat this season, as each has already notched at least one game with three or more steals.
  • Wehler, Nasonti and Glenn are three of five Penguins to record multiple three-steal games in their careers.
  • Wehler's 25 steals last season ranked second in the Horizon League, and were the most ever by a YSU freshman. He became the first Penguin since 1988 to reach at least 25 swipes in a season, and his total was also the fourth-most in a single season in school history. Only three freshmen in the nation had more steals than Wehler at the end of the 2018 regular season.

Impressive Pitching Performances

  • The Penguins have put forth impressive pitching performances in each of their last three games.
  • Freshman Travis Perry allowed three hits over 7.2 shutout innings to lead YSU to a 8-2 win over Northern Kentucky at Eastwood Field on April 19. His 7.2 innings matched his longest outing of the season.
  • Perry, a right-hander from Oil City, Pa., struck out a career-high eight batters in earning his second win in as many starts. He did not allow a runner to reach third base, and he retired the first 10 Norse hitters he faced.
  • Perry was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on April 22 for his efforts. He was also named a National Top-30 Performer by D1Baseball.com for April 19.
  • Five YSU pitchers combined to hold Ohio to three runs on two hits in a 3-2 loss last Tuesday.
  • Jon Snyder blanked the Bobcats over the first five innings, and he turned the game over to the bullpen after allowing a run in the top of the sixth that tied the score.
  • Snyder was brilliant over six innings but had to settle for a no-decision. The redshirt-freshman right-hander had the longest outing of his career and tied his career high with six strikeouts, all of which came on swings and misses. Snyder allowed just five baserunners on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch on a strikeout.
  • Dalton Earich tossed a scoreless seventh, Brandon Matthews allowed two runs without giving up a hit in the eighth and Brett Souder and Kip DeShields combined for a scoreless ninth.
  • Gary Clift Jr.Chad ColesZach Lopatka and Grant Kersh combined for a three-hit shutout in last Wednesday's 10-0 win over St. Bonaventure at Eastwood Field.
  • Coles did the bulk of the work out of the bullpen, pitching a career-high five innings and striking out a career-best seven batters.
  • The sophomore right-hander came on in the second inning and surrendered a two-out single in the third inning and a leadoff single in the fifth for the only two hits by the Bonnies in the first eight innings the contest.
  • Coles allowed just three baserunners and retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.
  • Clift Jr. allowed a one-out walk in the first in his lone inning, Lopatka pitched the seventh and eighth innings, and Kersh came on to pitch the ninth.

 Blazin' Hot

  • After a slow start to the season, junior third baseman Blaze Glenn is batting .368 and slugging .671 with 28 hits including five doubles and six home runs over his last 19 games. The 2018 Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree also has 27 RBIs, 16 runs scored, 12 walks, 51 total bases, a .467 OBP and seven stolen bases in nine attempts over that stretch.
  • For the year, Glenn leads YSU with eight home runs, nine doubles, 39 RBIs, a .477 slugging percentage, a .386 OBP, 29 walks, 40 hits and 73 total bases. Glenn ranks among the top 10 in the Horizon League in home runs, RBIs, walks and steals.
  • Glenn was named Horizon League Batter of the Week on April 8 after going 10-for-16 at the plate and leading the Penguins to three wins in four games. He hit seven singles, a double and two home runs while driving in eight runs. He posted a .625 batting average, a .714 on-base percentage and a 1.063 slugging percentage for the week of April 1-7.
  • The honor marked the second time this season the Toronto, Ohio, native earned the league's weekly offensive award. He was also the Batter of the Week on Feb. 25 after the second week of the season. He became the first player to claim the award multiple times this season. Glenn was also named Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on April 8.
  • Glenn went 4-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk, two runs scored and five RBIs in YSU's 7-3 series-opening win over UIC on April 5. For that showing, he was named as a National Top-30 Performer for April 5 by D1Baseball.com.
  • The junior was named a National Top-30 Performer by D1Baseball.com for the second time in as many weeks after his two-homer game against Milwaukee on April 13. In the second game of a doubleheader, Glenn was 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run blasts to drive in four of YSU's five runs.
  • The performance marked the third time in the last two seasons that Glenn has gone yard twice in the same game. He also hit a solo shot in the series opener against Milwaukee on April 12.
  • In last Wednesday's win over St. Bonaventure, Glenn was a triple shy of the cycle, and became the first Penguin since Andrew Kendrick in 2017 to drive in six runs in a game. The junior was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, a two-run double and a two-run single.

Glenn's Place in the Record Books

  • With eight home runs so far this season, Blaze Glenn now ranks ninth in school history with 19 in his YSU career. He is the seventh Penguin to hit at least eight dingers in two different seasons.
  • With another four-bagger this season, he would join his former teammate Andrew Kendrick as one of two Penguins to go yard at least nine times in two different campaigns.
  • Glenn is also one walk away from becoming just the fifth player in school history to draw at least 30 free passes in two different seasons.
  • Glenn's 39 walks last season tied for the third-most in a single season in school history.
  • With 15 steals this season, Glenn has become one of six Penguins to record 15 or more steals in two different campaigns.
  • Glenn currently ranks tied for 12th in YSU history with 31 career stolen bases, and needs five more to crack the top 10.
  • With three stolen bases at Penn State on April 9, he also became one of five Penguins to record multiple three-steal games in their careers. Glenn also had three steals last season against Oakland in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament.
  • Glenn is one of six Penguins since 2000 to steal three bases in a game. Before last season, only one Penguin had stolen at least three bases in a game since 2003.

Nasonti Catching Fire

  • Sophomore outfielder Lucas Nasonti has caught fire at the plate over the last month. He is batting .390 with 23 hits over his last 15 games.
  • Nasonti has also recorded 15 runs scored, three doubles, six walks, five stolen bases and a .455 OBP over that stretch. Nasonti ranks second on the team with a .275 batting average and tied for second with 39 hits on the year.
  • The Warren, Ohio, native has reached base in 12 consecutive games, and had an 11-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday against St. Bonaventure.
  • Nasonti swiped three bases to tie his career high and help the Penguins tie the single-game school record of nine steals in a win over Toledo on April 10.
  • He became one of five players in school history to steal three or more bags in a game twice in their career. Nasonti also swiped three bags in a game at Northern Kentucky last May.
  • Nasonti has also been extremely impressive defensively in the outfield this season. He has started 38 of YSU's 42 games in center field, and made a number of highlight catches.

Wiersma and Wehler Also Enjoying Hot Streaks

  • Senior first baseman Trevor Wiersma and sophomore outfielder Jeff Wehler have also been enjoying a hot streaks at the plate over the last few weeks.
  • Wiersma is batting .391 and slugging .565 with 18 hits including five doubles and a home run over his last 14 games. He has also recorded seven RBIs, 14 runs scored, 13 walks and 26 total bases with a .525 OBP over that stretch.
  • Wehler is hitting .341 and slugging .477 with 15 hits including three doubles and a home run over his last 10 contests. He also has five RBIs, five runs scored, 21 total bases and four steals over that stretch.
  • Wehler has hit safely in five straight games, and is hitting .500 with 10 hits over those contests. He was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and three stolen bases in Wednesday's win against St. Bonaventure.

 Home Cookin'

  • After playing its first 19 games of the season away from home, Youngstown State played its Horizon League and home-opening series against Oakland on March 23-24 at Eastwood Field.
  • The Penguins won their home opener for the first time since 2012, and have posted an 8-6 home record since with wins over then Horizon League-leader UIC, ACC member Pitt and MAC foes Kent State and Toledo.
  • YSU has won seven of its last 11 games at Eastwood Field, and eight of the Penguins' 10 wins this season have come on their home field.
  • After four home games this week, the Penguins will have played 14 of their last 19 games at Eastwood Field.
  • After a three-game series at UIC next week, YSU will conclude the regular season with four more home contests. The Penguins will host Ohio State on Tuesday, May 14, before welcoming Milwaukee for a three-game Horizon League series beginning on Friday, May 16.

Up Next

After its series against Wright State later this week, Youngstown State will travel to UIC for a three-game Horizon League series beginning on Friday, March 10, at 7:35 p.m. ET.