Baseball Hosts Ohio State Tuesday Evening at Eastwood Field

Jon Snyder (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Jon Snyder (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State baseball team will play its final non-conference game of the regular season when it hosts Ohio State on Tuesday evening at Eastwood Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the contest will be broadcast live at YSNLive.com.

Live stats throughout the weekend will be available through links on YSUsports.com, and fans can also follow @YSUBaseball on Twitter for live updates. Redshirt freshman Jon Snyder is slated to start on the mound for the Penguins.

Tickets and Promotions

  • Fans can still purchase tickets by visiting the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Box Office at Eastwood Field from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 330-505-0000. Tickets can also be purchased online through the links provided above.
  • The contest will be presented by McDonald's Restaurants / Perdue Family and WFMJ TV-21. 
  • Tuesday will be YSU Alumni Night and McDonald's Family Night -  Fans can pick up vouchers at participating McDonald's locations that are good for four tickets to the YSU vs. Ohio State game for $20. Vouchers must be redeemed at the Eastwood Field Box Office.
  • The game will also feature this season's final 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.

Previewing Ohio State

Scouting The Buckeyes

  • Ohio State will enter Tuesday's game with record of 27-24 overall and 9-12 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes have won three of their last four games after taking two of three against Penn State over the weekend.
  • The Buckeyes rank in the top four of the Big Ten in batting average, slugging, hits, runs scored, home runs and RBIs. As a pitching staff, they rank third in the Big Ten in strikeouts but 11th out of 13 teams in ERA.
  • Ohio State is currently tied for ninth in the Big Ten Conference standings going into the week.
  • Junior outfielder Dominic Canzone leads the Big Ten in hits (74) and slugging (.643) while ranking second in batting average (.357) and runs scored (51) and third in on-base percentage (.449).
  • Junior left-hander Andrew Magno leads Ohio State with a 2.34 ERA, 10 saves, 25 appearances and a .226 opposing batting average.

Series History

  • Overall: Ohio State leads 2-15
  • Bertolini: 0-2 // Home: 0-1 // Away: 2-14
  • Current Win Streak: 10 by Ohio State
  • The Buckeyes won last season's meeting 12-3 in mid-April at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • The Penguins also hosted the Buckeyes at Eastwood Field on May 12, 2015 (L 0-7).
  • YSU's last win over Ohio State was a 11-9 decision on April 10, 1996.
  • First meeting: April 11, 1990 (W 15-12)

A Win on Tuesday Would…

  • Be the Penguins' 13th of the season and 46th under Head Coach Dan Bertolini.
  • Snap a 10-game losing streak to Ohio State.
  • Give the Penguins their first win over a Big Ten opponent since 1996.
  • Be the Penguins' first victory over a Big Ten opponent at Eastwood Field.
  • Be YSU's third win over a Power Five opponent this season.
  • Snap a four-game losing streak overall.

Recapping UIC

  • Youngstown State dropped three Horizon League contests at UIC this past weekend. The Penguins fell 4-3 on Friday, 10-4 on Saturday and 13-4 in the finale on Sunday.
  • YSU battled back to erase a three-run deficit, but ultimately fell 4-3 in the opener on Friday at Curtis Granderson Stadium.
  • The Flames scored three times over the first four innings to grab the lead before the Penguins used a three-run sixth to even the score. UIC plated what proved to be the winning run on two hits in the bottom of the seventh.
  • UIC out-hit YSU 8-5, and the Flames' bullpen held the Penguins without a hit over the final three innings. YSU's first hit did not come until the top of the fifth inning. All three of the Penguins' runs and three of their five hits came during the three-run rally in the sixth.
  • Drew Dickerson led YSU with two hits including a game-tying two-run double in the sixth. Lucas NasontiPhillip Glasser and Trevor Wiersma each added base hits for the Penguins.
  • Colin Clark suffered the loss after surrendering all four of UIC's runs on seven hits over 7.1 innings. The sophomore left-hander faced the minimum in three different frames, and settled in to allow only one run on two hits over his final 3.1 innings.
  • UIC scored a pair of unearned runs to take an early lead and added seven runs in its final two at bats to beat YSU 10-4 in game two on a chilly and rainy Saturday afternoon.
  • The Penguins outhit the Flames 9-8 in the contest, but UIC had four of its hits in a five-run seventh as it turned a 3-1 lead into an insurmountable 8-1 lead. The Flames led 10-2 after eight innings before Youngstown State scored twice in the ninth.
  • Travis Perry provided the Penguins with the best road start in his young career, allowing one earned run on three hits and three walks over five innings in a losing effort.
  • Steven D'Eusanio hit his second career home run as part of a two-hit day, and Nasonti and Wiersma also had two hits for YSU.
  • UIC scored 11 runs over the first three innings, and went on to beat YSU 13-4 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Flames scored the first nine runs of the game, seven of which came in second inning, to take control on their way to completing the series sweep. 
  • After UIC's early offensive spurt, the Youngstown State bullpen settled in to allow only two runs on five hits over UIC's final five at bats.
  • Offensively, Glasser drove in a pair of runs while Nasonti and Dylan Swarmer each had an RBI. D'Eusanio had a team-high two hits, and Cody Dennis singled and scored twice.
  • YSU starter Marco DeFalco was tagged with the loss after permitting seven runs on three hits and five walks over 1.1 innings.

Quick Notes Around The Diamond

  • Going into the week, YSU ranks second in the Horizon League and 15th in the nation with 102 stolen bases. It marks just the second time in program history the Penguins have reached 100 steals in a season. The 1970 squad set the single-season record with 104.
  • YSU's 2.08 steals per game also rank second in the Horizon League and 14th in the nation. YSU also ranks second with 53 steals in Horizon League play.
  • YSU stole nine bases for the first time since 1970 to tie the single-game school record in a win over Toledo on April 10. The nine steals are the most the Penguins have ever recorded against a Division I opponent.
  • YSU has stolen at least two bases in 29 different games this season, and at least four on 12 occasions.
  • Multiple Penguins rank among the league leaders in stolen bases. Jeff Wehler is second with 28, Blaze Glenn is sixth with 17, Cameron Murray and Lucas Nasonti are each tied for eighth with 11 and Drew Dickerson is in double digits as well with 10.
  • YSU also ranks second in the Horizon League with 221 walks. Six Penguins have drawn at least 15 free passes, and two rank top-10 in the league. Glenn ranks seventh with 34 and Trevor Wiersma is eighth with 32.
  • 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 (9), RBIs (42), and steals (17).
  • 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.
  • Freshman catcher Dylan Swarmer was named a National Top 30 Performer by D1Baseball.com for May 4. In a win over Wright State, he hit two home runs and had three RBIs while becoming the first YSU catcher in 15 years to homer twice in a game.
  • Sophomore left-hander Colin Clark ranks seventh in the league with 68 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 a 10-8 record at home, and have won nine of their last 15 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.
  • The Penguins have played nine of their last 12 and 14 of their last 22 games at Eastwood Field. Friday's series opener at UIC was YSU's first road game in 24 days.
  • Inclement weather has caused schedule changes or cancelations to be made to 11 of the Penguins' first 13 weekend series this season.

Notebook

YSU vs. Big Ten Teams

  • This will be the eighth straight season that YSU has played a team from the Big Ten. Over that span, the Penguins have faced Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State. The game against the Hoosiers in 2014 was in the Bloomington Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
  • YSU has an all-time record of 4-29 against teams currently in the Big Ten. YSU is 2-15 against the Buckeyes, 2-8 against Penn State, 0-3 versus Iowa, 0-2 against Indiana and 0-1 against Michigan. YSU's two wins against Ohio State were 15-12 on April 8, 1990, and 11-9 on April 10, 1996.
  • The Penguins also hosted Ohio State at Eastwood Field on May 12, 2015. That game marked the first time YSU welcomed a Big Ten opponent since hosting a doubleheader at Pemberton Park against Penn State on April 11, 1989.

Major Conference Teams at Eastwood

  • While Youngstown State is hosting Ohio State for just the second time, YSU has hosted two other teams from power conferences at Eastwood Field.
  • Pittsburgh is an annual opponent at Eastwood Field, and YSU hosted West Virginia in 2013.
  • The Penguins earned their second win against Pitt this season when they beat the Panthers 3-2 in 10 innings on March 27 at Eastwood Field.
  • The only other time YSU beat a major conference team at Eastwood Field was a 7-6 victory over Pitt on April 2, 2014.
  • The victory was the Penguins' third over a team from the ACC in the last three years.
  • With a pair of wins over Pitt, the Penguins have now won two games against a Power Five opponent in the same season for the second time in their last four campaigns. YSU swept both games of a doubleheader at Missouri on March 12, 2016.

Smooth Criminals

  • YSU's 102 stolen bases rank as the second-most in a single season in program history. The Penguins need just three more steals to break school record of 104 that was set 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' 102 steals rank second in the Horizon League and 15th in the nation. Their 2.08 steals per game also rank second in the league and 14th nationally.
  • YSU also ranks second in the league with 52 steals in Horizon League play.
  • YSU's nine steals on April 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 29 different games this season, and at least four on 12 occasions. The Guins have had six or more steals in three different games during the campaign.

 Wehler's Historic Stolen Base Numbers

  • After stealing a team-high 25 bases last season, sophomore outfielder Jeff Wehler now ranks tied for fourth in Youngstown State history with 53 in his career. He is just the fifth player in school history to swipe at least 50 bases.
  • Going into the week, Wehler ranks second in the league and 20th in the nation with his 28 steals, and is 28-for-33 in stolen base attempts for the season. His 15 steals in Horizon League play rank second behind Wright State's JD Orr, who has swiped 21 bags in conference action and leads the nation with 51 total steals.
  • As of May 13, only six underclassmen in the nation had more steals than Wehler. He has recorded 14 steals over his last 11 games, and had 10 over a four-game stretch from May 1 to May 5.
  • The St. Marys, Pa., native also ranks 15th in the country with 0.65 steals per game.
  • Wehler's 28 steals thus far in 2019 rank as the third-most in a single-season in program history, and the second-most by a YSU sophomore. He needs eight more to break the school record of 35, set by Nick Gesacion in 1970.
  • Wehler and Gesacion are the only players in school history to steal at least 25 bases in two different seasons. In addition to his 35 steals in 1970, Gesacion also had 30 in 1969. Wehler and teammate Blaze Glenn are two of only 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 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.
  • Wehler recorded his second four-steal game in last week's win over Eastern Michigan to become the first player in school history to steal at least four bases in a game multiple times.
  • With his three steals in a win over St. Bonaventure on April 24, 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. With 28 steals already this season, he now owns two of the five-highest single-season stolen base totals in program history.

Impressive Performances From Perry

  • Freshman right-hander Travis Perry has allowed only three earned runs over 18.2 innings for an ERA of 1.48 in his last three starts. He has 16 strikeouts over that stretch and opponents are batting just .188 against him.
  • He was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after surrendering just three hits and striking out a career-best eight batters over a career-high 7.2 innings in a win over Northern Kentucky at Eastwood Field on April 19.
  • He did not allow a runner to reach third base, and he retired the first 10 Norse hitters he faced in his second victory of the season. He was also named a National Top 30 Performer by D1Baseball.com for April 19.
  • The Oil City, Pa., native followed that by allowing only two runs on seven hits and fanning four over six innings in a no-decision against Wright State on May 4. The Penguins led 4-2 when he departed, and went on to earn a 5-4 victory.
  • It was another outstanding outing at Eastwood Field for Perry, who has allowed only eight runs over 26.1 innings and earned two wins in his four home starts this season.
  • Perry ranks second on the team with 57.2 innings pitched, 39 strikeouts, eight starts and two victories. He ranks 12th in the league in innings pitched, and only one freshman has logged more. He also ranks 15th in the league in strikeouts, and only two freshmen have more K's.

Snyder Settling In

  • Redshirt freshman right-hander Jon Snyder has also put forth a couple of impressive performances on the mound over the last few weeks.
  • Over his last two starts, Snyder has an 0.82 ERA and 11 strikeouts, and opponents are hitting just .088 against him. He has allowed just one run on three hits over 11 innings during that stretch. Going into the week, Snyder leads YSU with 10.76 K/9 and ranks third on the team with 36 strikeouts; only four freshmen in the league have more strikeouts.
  • Snyder was brilliant over six innings against Ohio on April 23, but had to settle for a no-decision. He had the longest outing of his career and tied his career high with six strikeouts, all of which came on swings and misses.
  • He allowed just five base runners on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch on a strikeout. The first hit off Snyder didn't come until a two-out single in the third inning as he blanked the Bobcats over the first five innings.
  • Snyder followed that performance by surrendering only one hit over five shutout innings in his first collegiate victory against Eastern Michigan on May 1. He didn't allow a hit until a two-out single in the third, and struck out five batters.
  • The Springboro, Ohio, native will take the ball to make his seventh start of the season on Tuesday against Ohio State.

Swarmer Having Success With The Stick

  • Freshman catcher Dylan Swarmer has been catching fire at the plate over the last few weeks. He is batting .333 and slugging .700 with 10 hits including a double, two triples and two home runs over his last 10 games.
  • Swarmer has also recorded 10 RBIs, 21 total bases and a .444 OBP over that stretch. Additionally, he has reached base safely in 12 of his last 14 games, and hit safely in five of his last seven.
  • The freshman went 2-for-3 with two home runs and a career-high three RBIs in YSU's win over Wright State on May 4.  Swarmer became the first YSU catcher to hit two home runs in a game since Adam Cox on March 15, 2004, at Xavier.
  • In four games from May 1-5, Swarmer batted .462 and slugged 1.154 with two singles, a double, a triple, two home runs and seven RBIs in 13 at bats.
  • In a loss at Penn State earlier this season, Swarmer went 5-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. He became the first Penguin since Drew Dosch in 2012 to record five hits in a game. His five hits were a career high and just one shy of the school record.
  • His five hits at Penn State are also tied for the single-game high in the Horizon League this season. At the start of the week, only four freshmen in the league had more RBIs than Swarmer.
  • The Saxonburg, Pa., native has started at catcher in 36 of YSU's 49 games this season. He was pressed into full-time duty early in the season after injuries to veterans Nick Caruso and Tanner Montgomery.
  • Defensively, Swarmer ranks fourth in the league with 10 runners caught stealing, and eighth with 226 putouts. He is also second on the team among regular starters with a .980 fielding percentage.

Freshmen Making Major Contributions

  • In addition to Perry, Snyder and Swarmer, there have been a number of other freshman who have continued to make major contributions for the Penguins in 2019.
  • True freshman Phillip Glasser has established himself as the team's everyday shortstop. He has started 43 of YSU's 49 games, and has been in the top third of the Penguins' batting order 42 times.
  • Glasser currently ranks second on the team with a .268 batting average, and is tied for the team lead with 13 multi-hit games. He is batting .314 with 27 hits, 13 RBIs and 17 runs scored over 22 games since the start of April.
  • At the start of the week, only three freshmen in the Horizon League had a higher batting average and more RBIs than Glasser.
  • True freshman infielder Steven D'Eusanio had a strong series over the weekend at UIC. He batted .500 and slugged .875 with four hits in eight at bats over two games. The freshman hit a home run, drove in two runs, scored twice and recorded seven total bases with an OBP of .500 for the weekend. D'Eusanio has played in 30 games and made 11 starts this season.
  • Like Perry, left-hander Marco DeFalco has established himself a key part of YSU's starting rotation as a true freshman. The Niles, Ohio, native has tossed 34 innings over 13 appearances and eight starts this season.
  • DeFalco allowed just three earned runs on five hits over 5.2 innings to earn his first-career win at league-leading Wright State on March 30. He helped YSU snap a 10-game losing streak to the Raiders, and secure its first win over Wright State in Dayton since 2015.
  • DeFalco entered in the eighth inning at Pitt on March 13, and allowed no runs on two hits over two innings to earn his first-career save.
  • Brandon Matthews has become an integral part of the Penguins' bullpen in his true freshman campaign. The right-hander ranks fourth on the team with 34.2 innings pitched over 16 appearances, and opponents are batting .258 against him this season.
  • In his debut at Miami (Ohio) on March 10, Matthews surrendered only one hit and struck out three batters over four innings of scoreless relief in the first game of a doubleheader.
  • He followed that by holding Pitt to one run on three hits and one walk over four innings to earn his first collegiate victory on March 13. Matthews has recorded more than three outs in 11 of his 16 outings. At the start of the week, only six freshmen in the league had pitched more than Matthew's 34.2 innings.
  • Brett Souder has also become a go-to arm out of the bullpen this season for the Penguins. The true freshman right-hander leads YSU and ranks top-10 in the Horizon League with two saves. He is also tied for the second on the team with 18 appearances.
  • Redshirt freshman Grant Kersh has also developed into a reliable middle-inning reliever for Youngstown State in 2019. The right-hander is 1-0 over 24.2 innings in 17 outings.

Blazin' Hot

  • After a slow start to the season, junior third baseman Blaze Glenn is batting .322 and slugging .598 with 28 hits including seven home runs over 22 games since the start of April. The 2018 Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree also has 28 RBIs, 17 runs scored, 15 walks, 52 total bases, a .425 OBP and seven stolen bases in nine attempts over that stretch.
  • For the year, Glenn leads YSU with 10 doubles, nine home runs, 42 RBIs, a .458 slugging percentage, 34 walks and 82 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 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.
  • Glenn was a triple shy of the cycle, and became the first Penguin in two years to drive in six runs in a game in a 10-0 win over St. Bonaventure on April 24.
  • Glenn hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season on May 5 against Wright State. The two-run blast also gave him his team-leading 10th multiple-RBI game of the season; no other Penguin has more than five.
  • Glenn is also slugging .479 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 24 Horizon League contests this season. His six homers in league play rank fourth in the circuit.

Glenn's Place in the YSU Record Books

  • With nine home runs this season, Blaze Glenn now ranks tied for eighth in school history with 20 in his YSU career. He has joined his former teammate Andrew Kendrick as one of only two Penguins to go yard at least nine times in two different campaigns.
  • Glenn has also become 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. He has already amassed 34 free passes this season with at least five games remaining.
  • With 17 steals this season, Glenn has become one of six Penguins to record 15 or more steals in two different campaigns. He currently ranks 13th in YSU history with 33 career stolen bases, and needs three 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.
  • If the Penguins are able to advance in the Horizon League Tournament, Glenn also has a chance to become the first player in program history to play and start at least 56 games in two different campaigns.
  • Last season, Glenn became the first Penguin since Phil Lapari in 2013 to play in 56 games, and the first since Sean Lucas in 2008 to make 56 starts. This season, he has started in each of YSU's 49 games.

Wehler, Wiersma, Nasonti Also Enjoying Hot Streaks

  • Sophomore outfielder Jeff Wehler, senior first baseman Trevor Wiersma and sophomore outfielder Lucas Nasonti have also been enjoying hot streaks at the plate since the beginning of April.
  • Wehler is hitting .324 and slugging .423 with 23 hits including four doubles and a home run over 17 contests since the start of April. He also has 11 runs scored, 30 total bases and 14 steals over that stretch.
  • Heading into this week, Wehler has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games including nine straight from April 18-May 5. He is hitting .383 and slugging .511 with 18 hits, 10 runs scored and a .453 OBP over those 12 contests.
  • For the season, Wehler leads YSU with a .281 batting average, 47 hits, 27 runs scored and 28 steals. He also ranks second with eight doubles, five home runs, 70 total bases and a .419 slugging percentage.
  • Wehler also leads the Penguins and ranks 11th in the Horizon League with a .325 batting average in league play. He is slugging .422 with 27 hits in 21 league contests.
  • Wiersma is batting .329 and slugging .466 with 24 hits including seven doubles and a home run over 22 games since April 3. He has also recorded 11 RBIs, 18 runs scored, 18 walks and 34 total bases with a .457 OBP over that stretch.
  • Wiersma leads YSU with a .388 OBP for the season, and ranks second with five home runs, 25 RBIs and 32 walks. He is also hitting .275 in 23 Horizon League contests this season.
  • Nasonti is hitting .322 with 29 hits including four doubles and a home run over his last 22 contests. He has also notched 19 runs scored, 36 total bases, eight walks and seven stolen bases during that stretch.
  • The sophomore hit his first home run of the season, scored twice, walked and stole a base in YSU's win over Eastern Michigan on May 1. He has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games including 11 straight from April 7-23.
  • Nasonti is also tied for the team lead with 13 multi-hit games this season.

 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 a 10-8 home record since with wins over Horizon League contenders Wright State and UIC, ACC member Pitt and MAC foes Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Toledo.
  • Youngstown State also has three walk-off wins this season at Eastwood Field. The Penguins have won in their final at bat against Pitt, Kent State and Wright State.
  • YSU has won nine of its last 15 games at Eastwood Field, and 10 of the Penguins' 12 wins this season have come on their home field.
  • The Penguins have played nine of their last 12 and 14 of their last 19 games at Eastwood Field.
  • This past Friday's series opener at UIC was YSU's first road contest in 24 days. The team's series at Oakland, which was scheduled for the end April, was cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Beginning Tuesday, YSU will conclude the regular season with four more home contests. The Penguins will finish the regular season having played 18 of their last 26 games at Eastwood Field.

Up Next

After Tuesday's game against Ohio State, Youngstown State will conclude the regular season with a three-game Horizon League series against Milwaukee beginning on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.