The Youngstown State baseball team will have a full slate of promotions for fans for its home schedule at Eastwood Field that begins next Friday (March 22).
Each of the Penguins' 22 home games in 2019 will have a promotional element or giveaway item.
Dunkin on Belmont Avenue is the presenting sponsor of Opening Day on March 22 against Oakland. From 6-9 a.m. on March 22, fans can win free coffee for a year if they visit the Dunkin on Belmont Avenue.
The home opener will also be the first Friday contest, and all Friday games played at Eastwood Field will feature $1 hot dogs and $1 pop at the concession stands. Thursday games at Eastwood Field will feature $2 tickets and $2 beer.
Several games on the schedule will have event-based promotions. There will be a YSU Football Appreciation Game on March 23, a Pink Game on April 6, Military Appreciation Days on April 10 and May 1, a Lace Up for Pediatric Cancer game on April 20, YSU Employee Appreciation Day on April 23, Senior Day on May 4, Alumni Night and McDonald's Family Night on May 14, Akron Children's Hospital Kids Day on May 17 and Family Fun Day on May 18.
There will be a number of promotional giveaways tied in with game results. Hot Head Burritos will sponsor a "Home Run Giveaway" on March 24 and March 27, where if a YSU player hit a home run, fans will go home with a gift card to Hot Head Burritos. Similarly, if a YSU player hits a home run on April 5, April 7 or May 5, fans will receive a coupon for a free McDonald's McDouble as part of the McDonald's "Home Run Giveaway". Another promotion centered around YSU's offense will be the Rise Pies Free Pizza games on April 7 and May 16. If the Penguins score at least five runs in those games, fans will receive a coupon for a free cheese pizza at Rise Pies.
T-shirts will be thrown into the stands when YSU pitchers strike out opposing batters on "T-Shirts for Strikeouts" days that will occur on April 3, April 24 and May 5. Quaker Steak and Lube will sponsor a "Strikeout Inning" on April 3, April 10, April 19, May 4 and May 14 where if a YSU pitcher strikes out a batter in a specific inning, fans will receive a coupon for a free buy-one, get-one-free appetizer at Quaker Steak and Lube.
There will be giveaway days as well at Eastwood Field. There will be a schedule magnet giveaway for Opening Day on March 22, and the first 150 fans at the game on March 23 will receive a gift card for Hot Head Burritos. The baseball team's poster will be given away on March 24 to conclude the opening weekend. Other giveaways include a t-shirt for YSU students on April 18, a team photo on May 1, a YSU cup on May 3 and a YSU ruler on May 18.