Baseball Plays at Pitt Tuesday, Begins Horizon League Series vs. NKU Thursday

Lucas Nasonti (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Lucas Nasonti (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State baseball team will play at Pittsburgh on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET before hosting Northern Kentucky for a three-game Horizon League series beginning on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.

After opening their series on Thursday evening, the Penguins and Norse will proceed to play at 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. All three games at Eastwood Field will be broadcast live on YSNLive.com.

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

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Previewing Opponents

Scouting The Panthers

  • Pittsburgh enters the week at 10-24 overall and 3-15 in ACC play after dropping two of three games against Wake Forest over the weekend. The Panthers have now lost 21 of their last 25 games including a pair of setbacks to the Penguins.
  • Sophomore Ron Washington Jr. leads Pitt with a .310 batting average, and is tied for the team lead with 40 total hits. Senior Connor Perry is hitting .306 and paces the Panthers with nine home runs and a .589 slugging percentage while junior David Yanni has a team-high 18 RBIs.
  • Freshman right-hander Billy Corcoran has pitched a team-high 40.2 innings and holds a 2.88 ERA over 15 appearances and six starts. Sophomore right-hander Chase Smith has a 2.91 ERA and three saves in 20 relief appearances while junior right-hander Dan Hammer leads the squad with 49 strikeouts.
  • The Panthers are under the direction of first-year head coach Mike Bell, who spent the previous seven seasons as associate head coach and pitching coach at Florida State.

Scouting The Norse

  • Northern Kentucky (8-27, 6-9 Horizon League) is currently on a six-game losing skid after being swept at UIC this past weekend.
  • Senior Will Haueter, who was a First-Team All-Horizon League selection in 2018, leads NKU with a .305 batting average and 39 total hits. Sophomore Griffin Doersching, last season's Horizon League Freshman of the Year, leads the Norse with eight home runs and 27 RBIs.
  • Haueter ranks in the top 10 of the league in hits, doubles, and home runs. Doersching's eight home runs rank second in the league, and his 27 RBIs also put him among the top 10.
  • Senior right-hander Joe Martin has a team-best 5.16 ERA and three saves in 15 appearances out of the bullpen. Senior lefty Sam Williams and senior right-hander Kyle Service have each tossed a team-high 45.2 innings, and Williams leads the Norse and ranks fifth in the league with 45 punch outs.
  • NKU's pitching staff is tied with Wright State for the Horizon League lead with 253 strikeouts.

Series History

Pittsburgh:

  • Overall: Pittsburgh leads 35-9-1
  • Bertolini: 2-2 // Home: 5-12 // Away: 4-23-1
  • Current Win Streak: 2 by Youngstown State
  • Pitt had won six straight in the series before YSU's 4-2 win on March 13.
  • The Penguins beat the Panthers for the second time this season on March 27 at Eastwood Field. YSU won 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning on a walk-off, bad-hop single.
  • First meeting: April 30, 1986 (L 2-14).

Northern Kentucky:

  • Overall: Northern Kentucky leads 14-6
  • Bertolini: 5-9 // Home: 3-6 // Away: 3-8 // Neutral: 0-0
  • Current Win Streak: 3 by Northern Kentucky
  • The Penguins had won the last two matchups before being swept in the first series this season. YSU won two of three games in each series last season.
  • 19 of the 20 meetings have come since 2016 when NKU joined the Horizon League; the only previous matchup came on May 20, 1977.

Last Time Against Pittsburgh – March 27, 2019 // W 3-2 (10 innings)

  • YSU earned a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh on a bad-hop, walk-off single by Phillip Glasser in the bottom of the 10th inning at Eastwood Field.
  • Dylan Swarmer hit a leadoff single to begin the home half of the 10th, and Zach Farrar come off the bench to pinch run. Farrar stole second base and was able to score when a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Glasser ricocheted off Pitt first baseman Bryce O'Farrell into foul territory.
  • Five YSU pitchers combined to allow just two runs, and the Penguins' bullpen blanked the Panthers over five innings. Starter Travis Perry provided a very solid outing, permitting two runs on five hits and fanning four over five innings.
  • Chad Coles tossed the sixth inning after Perry departed, and Brandon Matthews had four strikeouts over the next two frames. Brett Souder worked out of a jam in the ninth, and Kip DeShields pitched a perfect top of the 10th to provide the walk-off opportunity.
  • The Panthers jumped ahead early with two runs in the top of the second before the Penguins answered with a two-run homer from Jeff Wehler in the bottom of the fourth. The game remained tied until Glasser's walk-off delivered YSU its third win of the season, and second straight over Pitt.
  • 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.
  • Glasser and Web Charles each had two hits to lead the Penguins offensively. Swarmer, Trevor Wiersma and Blaze Glenn each singled, and Glenn and Wehler both scored a run.

Last Time Against Northern Kentucky – March 17, 2019 // L 1-2

  • Jon Snyder tossed four innings of no-hit baseball to lead a great pitching effort, but Youngstown State came up short in a 2-1 loss to Northern Kentucky at the Bill Aker Baseball Complex.
  • The contest featured just seven hits between the two teams as both got tremendous efforts from their respective pitching staffs. Four Penguins pitchers combined to limit the Norse to two runs on just four hits, but a two-run eighth was enough to lift NKU to the series sweep in the opening Horizon League series for both teams.
  • Dalton Earich, Snyder and Brandon Matthews held the Norse scoreless on just two hits over the first seven innings of play. The game was scoreless until YSU scored a run in the top of the fifth inning, and the score remained 1-0 until Northern Kentucky plated the deciding runs in the eighth.
  • The four hits allowed by YSU are still the fewest by an opponent this season, and the two runs matched a season low.
  • Earich started the game and pitched a scoreless first inning before Snyder came on to begin the second. The freshman right-hander did now allow a hit and struck four over four innings of work. He retired the first seven batters he faced and 12 of 14 overall while striking out the side in the third.
  • Matthews took over in the sixth and dispatched the first six batters he faced before surrendering two runs on two hits and two walks in the eighth.
  • Offensively, YSU mustered just three hits as Phillip GlasserJeff Wehler and Trevor Wiersma each singled. Glasser also walked, stole a base and scored YSU's only run. The Penguins drew seven walks and stole four bases, but left 12 runners on base.

Recapping Milwaukee

Game 1 – Saturday, April 12 // L 6-18

  • Youngstown State dropped all three games of its Horizon League series against Milwaukee over the weekend. The series was moved to Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisc., on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin due to inclement weather and field conditions.
  • In the series opener on Friday, Milwaukee scored seven runs in the fourth inning to seize control and beat YSU 18-6 on a cold and windy evening. The Penguins held early leads of 1-0 and 4-2 before the Panthers scored 10 runs over the third and fourth innings.
  • Lucas Nasonti went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Trevor Wiersma singled, doubled, walked and scored twice to lead the Penguins offensively. Blaze Glenn, the reigning Horizon League Batter of the Week, hit a solo home run in the first inning and walked twice.

Game 2 – Saturday, April 13 // L 2-22

  • Milwaukee plated the first 13 runs of the contest on its way to a 22-2 win in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. The Panthers scored twice in the first inning and twice in the third before blowing the game open with a nine-run fourth.
  • YSU scored both of its runs and had four of its seven hits in the top of the fifth inning. Wiersma hit a leadoff single, and Zach Lopatka hit a one-out double down the right-field line. Web Charles and Nasonti each recorded RBI singles later in the inning to plate Wiersma and Lopatka.
  • Milwaukee answered with a run in the home half of the fifth before plating three in the sixth and five in the seventh to produce the final tally.

Game 3 – Saturday, April 13 // L 5-8

  • Youngstown State scored the first three runs of game two and held the lead in four different innings, but ultimately fell 8-5 as Milwaukee secured the series sweep.
  • Glenn's first two-run homer of the contest in the top of the first inning put the Penguins ahead early. YSU added another run in the top of the third before the Panthers evened the score with three runs of their own in the home half.
  • The Penguins went back in front in the fifth when Glenn hit another two-run blast. However, Milwaukee countered again with two runs in the bottom half to tie the contest 5-5. The Panthers then plated three runs on five hits in the bottom of the seventh to grab the lead for good.
  • Nasonti led YSU with three hits while Glasser, Glenn and Lopatka each had two. Glenn drove in four of his team's five runs with his sixth and seventh dingers of the season.

Quick Notes Around The Diamond

  • Going into the week, YSU ranks second in the Horizon League with 74 stolen bases, and a success rate of .796 (74-93) in stolen base attempts.
  • YSU's 74 stolen bases rank 14th nationally, and their 2.06 steals per game rank second in the Horizon League and 18th in the nation. YSU also ranks second with 37 steals in league play; Wright State is just ahead with 38.
  • 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.
  • Five Penguins rank in the top 10 of the Horizon League in stolen bases. Blaze Glenn is second with 15, Jeff Wehler is third with 14, Drew Dickerson is sixth with nine, Lucas Nasonti is tied for seventh with eight and Phillip Glasser is tied for 10th with seven.
  • YSU also ranks second in the Horizon League with 170 walks. Seven Guins have drawn at least 10 free passes, and three rank top-10 in the league. Glenn ranks sixth with 27, Trevor Wiersma is eighth with 24 and Glassier is 10th with 19.
  • YSU has had 10 or more hits in seven of its last 11 games. YSU had season highs with 17 hits and 15 runs last Tuesday at Penn State, and had double-digit hits in five straight contests from March 30-April 6.
  • 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 RBIs, doubles, home runs, walks and steals. His seven home runs rank tied for third while his 30 RBIs are sixth.
  • Glenn has also been named a Top 30 Performer by D1Baseball.com in each of the last two weeks.
  • Sophomore left-hander Colin Clark ranks sixth in the league with 48 innings pitched, and ninth with 33 strikeouts. Clark also leads the circuit and ranks 21st in the nation with nine games started on the mound.
  • Freshman reliever Brett Souder ranks tied for sixth in the conference with two saves.
  • With last Wednesday's victory over Toledo, the Penguins have now won two straight against the Rockets and two straight over MAC opponents. YSU also beat Kent State 4-3 in extra innings on April 3. The Guins were 5-2 against teams from the MAC last season.
  • 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 6-3 home record, and have won five of their last six 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 led in 26 of their 36 games this season. They have held 13 first-inning leads, and have scored first in 20 contests.
  • YSU's game against Kent State on April 3 began a stretch in which YSU will play 10 of 15 games on its home field.
  • Inclement weather or the threat of it has caused schedule changes to be made in seven of the Penguins' nine weekend series so far this season.

Notebook

Success Against The Panthers

  • With its 3-2 victory over Pitt on March 27 at Eastwood Field, YSU took a 2-0 lead in the season series between the teams. The Penguins also won a 4-2 decision on March 13 at Charles L. Cost Field in Pittsburgh.
  • This season marks the first time that YSU had beat Pitt twice in the season. The Penguins had not defeated the Panthers since 2014, and had lost six straight in the series prior to this season. YSU will now go for the season sweep of Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field.
  • The victory on March 27 was the Penguins' third over a team from the ACC in the last three years. YSU also earned a 12-3 victory at No. 17 Georgia Tech on Feb. 26, 2017, in what was Dan Bertolini's first victory as YSU's head coach.
  • 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 SEC member Missouri on March 12, 2016.

Blazin' Hot

  • After a slow start to the season, junior third baseman Blaze Glenn is batting .460 and slugging .840 with 23 hits including four doubles and five home runs over his last 13 games. The 2018 Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree also has 18 RBIs, 11 runs scored, 10 walks, 42 total bases, a .571 OBP and seven stolen bases in nine attempts over that stretch.
  • For the year, Glenn leads YSU with a .276 batting average, seven home runs, eight doubles, 30 RBIs, a .504 slugging percentage, a .413 OBP, 27 walks, 35 hits, 64 total bases and 15 steals. He has a hit in 12 of his last 13 games, and has reached base in 18 straight contests. Glenn ranks among the top 10 in the Horizon League in RBIs, doubles, home runs, 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 a career-high five RBIs in YSU's 7-3 series-opening win over UIC on April 5. For that showing, he was named as a Top 30 Performer for April 5 by D1Baseball.com.
  • The junior was named a Top 30 Performer by D1Baseball.com for the second time in as many weeks after his two-homer game against Milwaukee on Saturday. 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 Friday.
  • Glenn has had at least two hits in eight of his last 10 outings including a stretch of seven straight from March 31 to April 10. He had an 11-game hitting streak snapped in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Milwaukee.

Nasonti Heating Up

  • Sophomore outfielder Lucas Nasonti has started to catch fire at the plate over the last few weeks. He is batting .432 with 16 hits over his last 10 games.
  • Nasonti has also recorded nine runs scored, three walks, four stolen bases and a .475 on-base percentage over that stretch. Among regular starters, Nasonti ranks third on the team with a .265 batting average and second with 31 hits for the year.
  • The Warren, Ohio, native has hit safely in six straight games and in nine of his last 10. He matched his season and career high with three hits in game two of Saturday's doubleheader against Milwaukee. The sophomore was 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs in the contest.
  • Nasonti also registered three hits in the series opener against the Panthers on Friday, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. That came after he went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three stolen bases in YSU's 5-3 win over Toledo last Wednesday.
  • Nasonti's three stolen bases against the Rockets tied his career high and helped the Penguins tie the single-game school record of nine steals. He joined teammate Jeff Wehler as one of four 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 32 of YSU's 36 games in center field, and made a number of highlight catches.

Glasser Making an Immediate Impact

  • In his first collegiate season, true freshman Phillip Glasser has established himself as YSU's everyday starting shortstop. He has played in 31 of YSU's 36 games, and made 30 starts at shortstop while hitting in the top three spots of the order in 29 of those starts.
  • Glasser is batting .340 and slugging .400 with 17 total hits, one double, one triple and eight RBIs over his last 13 games. He has hit safely in 10 contests over that stretch while also recording 12 runs scored, eight walks, four stolen bases in five attempts and 20 total bases with a .433 OBP.
  • Overall, the Tallmadge, Ohio, native leads YSU with 19 runs scored while ranking second with his .273 batting average and third with 30 total hits going into the week. Glasser is tied for the Horizon League lead with seven sacrifice bunts, tied for fourth with two triples and tied for 10th with 19 walks and seven stolen bases.
  • Glasser has had at least two hits in five of his last nine games. He had a career-high three hits in a win over Kent State on April 3. The freshman scored the winning run from third on a wild pitch in the 11th inning. Glasser hit a two-run triple at Penn State last week, and set new career highs with three runs scored and three RBIs. He then went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI while tying his career high with two steals in a win against Toledo.
  • Glasser hit safely in each game of Saturday's doubleheader against Milwaukee, and went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the series finale.

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 6-3 home record since with wins over Horizon League leader UIC, ACC member Pitt and MAC foes Kent State and Toledo.
  • YSU has won five of its last six at Eastwood Field, and six of the Penguins' eight wins this season have come on their home field.
  • YSU's contest against Kent State on April 3 began a stretch in which YSU will play 10 of 15 games at Eastwood Field. The Penguins will finish a stretch of four straight contests away from home at Pitt on Tuesday before returning home on Thursday to start a three-game Horizon League series with Northern Kentucky. That game will begin a season-long five-game home stand for the Penguins.

Up Next

After its series against Northern Kentucky later this week, Youngstown State will host Ohio and St. Bonaventure at Eastwood Field for back-to-back midweek, non-conference contests on April 23 and April 24. First pitch for next Tuesday's game against the Bobcats is set for 6 p.m. ET while Wednesday's matchup with the Bonnies is slated to begin at 4 p.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast live at YSNLive.com.