Thrilling Walk-Off Wins, Stolen Base Record Highlight 2019 Baseball Season

YSU Baseball (Photo by Rob Hayes)
YSU Baseball (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State baseball team's 2019 season was highlighted by dramatic walk-off wins at Eastwood Field and historic stolen base totals. The Penguins played 54 games in nine different states from mid-February to late May. Below are accomplishments and key notes from Dan Bertolini's third season as head coach.

Walk-Off Wins

  • Youngstown State had three thrilling walk-off wins at Eastwood Field in 2019. The first was a 3-2 triumph over Pittsburgh in the bottom of the 10th inning on March 27.
  • 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 Phillip Glasser ricocheted off Pitt's first baseman into foul territory.
  • The second walk off came exactly a week later against Kent State on April 3. Glasser once again played a key part in the victory as he led off the bottom of the 11th against the Golden Flashes with a single to right center.
  • Blaze Glenn, who sent the game to extra innings with an RBI single in the ninth, walked, and Cody Dennis advanced both runners with a pinch-hit sacrifice bunt. Drew Dickerson was walked intentionally, and Glasser slid head first around the tag at the plate when the first pitch to Steven D'Eusanio was in the dirt and bounced away.
  • The final walk-off win came against regular season Horizon League champion Wright State on May 4. D'Eusanio's pinch-hit sacrifice fly plated Glenn in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Penguins their second win of the season against the Raiders.
  • In the bottom of the ninth, Glenn led off with a six-pitch walk, and Jeff Wehler followed with an 11-pitch battle that resulted in another walk.
  • Glenn stole third to get the winning run within 90 feet before Wright State elected to intentionally walk Dickerson to load the bases. D'Eusanio hit the second pitch of his at bat to straightaway center to allow Glenn to score easily.

Single-Season Stolen Base Record

  • Youngstown State set a new single-season school record with 113 stolen bases in 2019. The previous mark of 104 stood for 49 years after being set in 1970. That is the only other time in school history the Penguins stole at least 100 bases in a season.
  • At the end of the regular season, the Penguins ranked second in the Horizon League and 12th in the nation in stolen bases. YSU also ranked 11th nationally with 2.11 steals per game at the conclusion of the regular season.
  • The Penguins were 113-for-139 in stolen base attempts for a success rate of .813.
  • After stealing 86 bases in 2018, 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 swiped at least 85 bags in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1997-98. Before last season, the Penguins had not recorded at least 80 steals since that 1998 campaign.
  • 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.
  • The Penguins also had eight steals at Northern Kentucky on May 11, 2018. YSU had not stolen at least eight bases in a game since 1986 prior to last season.
  • Youngstown State stole at least two bases in 33 games this past season, and at least four on 12 occasions. The Guins had six or more steals in three different games during the campaign.

Patience at the Plate

  • Youngstown State drew 243 walks at the plate during the 2019 season, which ranks as the second-most in a single season in school history.
  • The Penguins also set the single-season school record for walks with 272 in 2018. The previous mark of 234 was set in 2013.
  • YSU has drawn at least 230 walks in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history.
  • Blaze Glenn and Trevor Wiersma each finished the season ranked in the top 10 of the Horizon League in walks. Glenn ranked seventh with 39 and Wiersma was ninth with 34.
  • Seven different Penguins drew at least 15 free passes while four had more 20.

Improvement Over Second Half

  • After a slow start to the season offensively, the Penguins returned to the high level of production that has been displayed throughout Dan Bertolini's tenure as head coach.
  • Over the first 23 games of the season, Youngstown State hit just .190 and slugged .274 as a team with 66 runs, 139 hits, 56 RBIs and 39 steals while posting a record of 2-21.
  • Over their last 31 games of the season, the Penguins hit .269 and slugged .378 as a squad with 181 runs, 282 hits, 161 RBIs and 74 steals while going 11-20.
  • After recording only 38 extra-base hits and 10 home runs over its first 23 games, YSU registered 75 extra base hits and 16 home runs over its final 31 contests of the season.
  • Youngstown State also showed marked improvement on the mound over the second half of the season. Over their final 27 games, the Penguins lowered their team earned run average almost two full points, and reduced their opponents' batting average by nearly 30 points.
  • The Penguins finished the season at 13-41 overall and 7-20 in Horizon League play. YSU played its first 19 games on the road before its home-opening series on March 23-24.
  • With a 6-5 win over Oakland on March 23, the Penguins won their home opener for the first time since 2012. YSU went on to post an 11-11 record on its home field. The Penguins played 13 of their final 16 and 18 of their final 26 regular season games at Eastwood Field.
  • YSU went 6-4 from March 27 through April 10 with victories over Pitt, Kent State, Wright State, UIC and Toledo. The Penguins also posted a 9-6 mark at home from March 27 to April 6.
  • YSU beat Wright State twice in the same season for the first time since 2015. With a 10-8 victory on March 30, the Penguins snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Raiders, and secured their first win over Wright State in Dayton since 2015.
  • Youngstown State defeated MAC opponents Eastern Michigan and Toledo for the second straight season, and beat Kent State for the second time in the last three years.

Challenging Non-Conference Schedule

  • As has become customary under head coach Dan Bertolini, Youngstown State played an extremely challenging non-conference schedule in 2019.
  • The Penguins played six road games against two top-10 nationally ranked opponents in Mississippi State and Florida State to begin the season, and held leads in five of them. The Bulldogs (51-13) and Seminoles (41-21) both recently earned berths in the 2019 College World Series.
  • YSU held a 3-0 lead over Mississippi State after six and a half innings in the season opener on Feb. 15. The Penguins then took a 2-0 edge into the bottom of the sixth at Florida State on Feb. 22 before eventually falling 4-2. YSU also led the Seminoles 4-2 after five and half frames in a 7-4 loss on Feb. 23.
  • The Penguins then traveled to Tennessee Tech, which went 53-12, won the regular season Ohio Valley Conference championship and reached the NCAA Super Regionals in 2018. YSU's fourth opponent, Miami (Ohio) finished the 2019 season at 37-19 overall.
  • YSU also played non-conference contests against Kent State, Pitt, West Virginia, Bowling Green, Penn State, Toledo, Ohio, St. Bonaventure, Eastern Michigan and Ohio State.
  • West Virginia finished the season at 38-22 and hosted an NCAA Regional. Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and played in the Nashville Regional before ending the campaign at 36-27. Kent State posted an overall record of 30-24 with a 17-8 mark in the Mid-American Conference.
  • In total, YSU played 14 games versus six different opponents from Power Five conferences in 2019. In addition, the Penguins played 10 games against six different opponents from the MAC.

A Pair of Wins Over Pitt

  • Youngstown State went 2-1 against ACC member Pitt during the 2019 campaign.
  • The Penguins won a 4-2 decision on March 13 at Charles L. Cost Field, and then earned a 3-2 walk-off victory in 10 innings on March 27 at Eastwood Field. The Panthers took the third and final meeting 16-6 on April 16 in Pittsburgh.
  • This past season marked the first time that YSU beat Pitt twice in the same season. The Penguins had not defeated the Panthers since 2014, and had lost six straight in the series prior to this season.
  • The win on March 13 was also YSU's first win at Pitt since a 7-5 triumph on April 4, 2007.
  • 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 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.

Battling Injuries

  • Youngstown State was forced to deal with a number of injuries to key play­ers before and during 2019 season. The pitching staff was hit especially hard as the Penguins lost a total of 135.2 innings from the previous season due to injuries.
  • Veteran pitchers Collin Floyd and Zack Minney each missed the entire season due to offseason Tommy John surgery. Floyd was a Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree in 2018, and Minney appeared in 39 games over the previous two seasons.
  • Veteran closer Joel Hake, who ranks tied for fifth in school history with 79 career appearances, pitched just three times in 2019 as a leg injury forced him to sit out the majority of the campaign.
  • Junior right-hander Gary Clift Jr. also missed extended time while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He returned on a limited basis to toss eight innings over eight appearances.
  • Veteran catchers Nick Caruso and Tanner Montgomery each missed a significant portion of the 2019 season. Caruso played just three games before missing the remainder of the season with an illness while Montgomery appeared in only 12 contests before being sidelined.
  • 2018 Horizon League All-Freshman Team honoree and first baseman Nick LaBrasca played just seven games before being shut down with an injury. In addition, junior outfielder Cameron Murray missed 16 games after being hit in the face by a pitch early in the second game of the season at Mississippi State.

Youth Movement

  • On an already young team, the aforementioned injuries pressed a number of underclassmen into more prominent roles for the Penguins in 2019. YSU had 10 freshmen and 10 sophomores on its roster, and 19 of those underclassmen saw action at some point during the campaign.
  • YSU's pitching staff was especially young as only 67.1 of the team's total 460.1 innings pitched were logged by upperclassmen. The Penguins had nine different underclassmen make at least 14 appearances on the mound. In terms of total innings pitched, YSU's top eight pitchers included three sophomores and five freshmen.
  • The team's starting rotation included a sophomore and two true freshmen for a majority of the season. Sophomore Colin Clark made a team-high 13 starts and led the Penguins with 72 innings pitched and 51 strikeouts; both of which ranked in the top 10 of the Horizon League.
  • Freshman Travis Perry tossed 62.2 innings over 15 appearances and nine starts. Freshman Marco DeFalco pitched 38.2 innings over 14 appearances and nine starts. Redshirt freshman Jon Snyder, the team's primary midweek starter, logged 37.1 innings over 14 appearances and eight starts.
  • Sophomore Chad Coles ranked second on the team with 22 appearances and third with 40.1 innings while sophomore Dalton Earich was third on the squad with 21 appearances.
  • Among position players, the Penguins had five different underclassmen play in at least 35 games. Four of the five made more than 40 starts during the campaign.

Four Penguins Earn All-League Honors

  • Four Penguins earned postseason Horizon League honors in 2019. Blaze Glenn and Jeff Wehler were voted to the All-Horizon League Second Team, while Phillip Glasser and Dylan Swarmer earned nods to the All-Freshman Team.
  • Glenn and Wehler were second-team honorees for the second consecutive season, and Glasser and Swarmer gave the Penguins six players on the all-freshman squad in the last two years. That is the most all-freshman or all-newcomer honorees over a two-year span in program history.
  • Over the past two seasons, YSU has had nine different players earn a total of 12 postseason all-league selections (first, second or all-freshman team). The 12 selections are tied for the most in program history over a two-year span (2007-2008).
  • The nine players to earn postseason all-league honors are the most over a two-year period since the Penguins had 11 different players be honored from 2007-2008. The only other time YSU had at least nine players recognized over two seasons was 2006-2007.
  • Glenn and Wehler each became one of 15 players in school history to be named first or second-team all-league multiple times.

Wehler's Stellar Sophomore Season

  • Jeff Wehler was named Second-Team All-Horizon League as a left fielder in 2019 after being a second-team selection at shortstop as a freshman in 2018. He led YSU with a .290 batting average and 54 hits while establishing himself as one of the best base stealers in program history with a team-high 30 stolen bases.
  • Wehler recorded career highs with 31 runs scored, six home runs, 27 RBIs, 24 walks, a .373 on-base percentage and a .441 slugging percentage. In Horizon League play, he led the Penguins with a .330 batting average, 31 hits, seven doubles and 17 stolen bases.
  • The sophomore hit safely in 14 of his last 17 games including nine straight from April 18-May 5. He batted .333 in 22 games over the last two months of the season.
  • After stealing a team-high 25 bases in 2018, Wehler now ranks fourth in Youngstown State history with 55 in his career. He is just the fifth player in school history to swipe at least 50 bases.
  • Wehler finished the regular season ranked second in the league and 16th in the nation with his 30 steals. His 17 steals in league play also ranked second behind Wright State's JD Orr, who swiped 26 bags in conference action and led the nation with 60 total steals.
  • Wehler's 30 steals tied for the second-most in a single-season in program history, and tied for the most by a YSU underclassmen. The single-season school record of 35 was set by Nick Gesacion in 1970.
  • At the conclusion of the regular season, Wehler was one of only 22 players in the country with 30 or more stolen bases and only four underclassmen had more steals. The St. Marys, Pa., native also finished the regular season ranked 15th in the country with 0.64 steals per game.
  • Wehler and Gesacion are the only players in school history to steal at least 30 bases in a season and at least 25 in two different seasons. In addition to his 35 steals in 1970, Gesacion also had 30 as a sophomore in 1969. Wehler and teammate Blaze Glenn are two of only five Penguins to record 16 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 a win over Eastern Michigan on May 1 to become the first player in school history to steal at least four bases in a game multiple times.
  • With 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 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 repeated the feat this past season, as each 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 swiped at least two bases in six different games in 2019.
  • Wehler's 25 steals in 2018 rank as the fourth-most in a season in school history, and the most ever by a YSU freshman. He now owns two of the top-five single-season stolen base totals in program history.

Another Strong Season for Glenn

  • Blaze Glenn was named Second-Team All-Horizon League as a third baseman in 2019 after being a second-team selection in right field as a sophomore in 2018.
  • Glenn led YSU in home runs (9), RBIs (42), doubles (11), walks (39) and total bases (86). He also ranked second on the team in slugging (.441) and stolen bases (18). He ranked among the top 10 in the Horizon League in home runs, RBIs, walks and steals, and was the only infielder in the conference to rank top-10 in both home runs and steals.
  • He batted .301 and slugged .544 with 31 hits including seven home runs in 27 games over the last two months of the season. Glenn also slugged .456 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 27 Horizon League contests. His six homers in league play tied for sixth in the circuit, and his 20 walks tied for ninth.
  • 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 that the Toronto, Ohio, native earned the league's weekly offensive award in 2019. He was also the Batter of the Week on Feb. 25 after batting .500 and slugging 1.000 with two singles, a double, a two-run home run and four RBIs in eight at-bats over three games at nationally-ranked Florida State.
  • He became the first player to claim the award multiple times in 2019. 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 went yard twice in the same game.
  • In a 10-0 win over St. Bonaventure on April 24, 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 the second game of the season at Mississippi State on Feb. 16, Glenn hit a two-run home run off National Freshman of the Year JT Ginn. Ginn was selected 30th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Glenn's Place in the YSU Record Books

  • With nine home runs in 2019, 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 second player in school history to draw at least 39 walks in two different seasons. Glenn's 39 walks in each of the past two seasons rank tied for the third-most in a single season in school history.
  • Glenn currently ranks tied for 11th in program history with 78 career walks. With two more free passes, he would become just the ninth Penguin to amass at least 80.
  • Glenn has also become just the third player in school history to record at least 42 RBIs in two different seasons. He amassed 42 RBIs this past season after driving in 43 runs in 2018.
  • With 18 steals in 2019, Glenn became one of five Penguins to record 16 or more steals in two different campaigns. He currently ranks 13th in YSU history with 34 career stolen bases, and needs one 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 career. Glenn also had three steals against Oakland in the first round of the 2018 Horizon League Tournament.
  • Glenn is one of six Penguins since 2000 to steal three bases in a game. Before 2018, only one Penguin had stolen at least three bases in a game since 2003.
  • On the YSU career chart, Glenn currently ranks 10th in OPS (.912), 13th in slugging percentage (.500) and 15th in on-base percentage (.412).

Glasser and Swarmer Garner All-Freshman Honors

  • Shortstop Phillip Glasser and catcher Dylan Swarmer were each named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team after establishing themselves as key members of the Penguins' starting lineup in 2019.
  • Glasser started 48 of YSU's 54 games, and was in the top third of the Penguins' batting order 47 times. He ended the season on a nine-game hitting streak and ranked third on the team with a .266 batting average and 49 hits. He hit .302 with 32 hits in 27 games over the final two months of the season.
  • The Tallmadge, Ohio, native finished the campaign with eight doubles, two triples, 20 runs batted in, 27 walks and nine stolen bases. Only three freshmen in the Horizon League had a higher batting average or more RBIs than Glasser.
  • Swarmer started at catcher in 41 of YSU's 54 games. He was pressed into full-time duty early in the season after injuries to veterans Nick Caruso and Tanner Montgomery. He finished the year with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs and 17 RBIs.
  • Defensively, Swarmer ranked tied for fourth in the league with 11 runners caught stealing, and eighth with 256 putouts. He was also second on the team among regular starters with a .982 fielding percentage.
  • Swarmer went 2-for-3 with two home runs and a career-high three RBIs in YSU's win over Wright State on May 4. He became the first YSU catcher to hit two home runs in a game since Adam Cox in 2004. For his performance, he was named a National Top 30 Performer for May 4 by D1Baseball.com.
  • 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. He led the Penguins and finished the season ranked tied for fourth in the league with three triples.
  • In a loss at Penn State on April 9, 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 also tied for the single-game high in the Horizon League in 2019. Only four freshmen in the league had more than Swarmer's 17 RBIs.

Impressive Performances from Perry

  • Freshman right-hander Travis Perry had an impressive debut season on the mound for the Penguins. He ranked second on the team with 62.2 innings pitched, nine starts and two victories while ranking third with 42 strikeouts.
  • Perry ranked 13th in the league in innings pitched, and only one freshman logged more. His 62.2 innings were also the most by a YSU freshman since 2012. He ranked tied for 15th in the league in strikeouts, and only three freshmen had more punch outs.
  • During a strong finish to the season, Perry allowed seven earned runs over 23.2 innings for an ERA of 2.66 in his last four starts. He had 19 strikeouts over that stretch and opponents hit just .225 against him.
  • Perry 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 allowed only 12 runs over 31.1 innings and earned two wins in his final five home starts of 2019.

Freshmen Make Major Contributions

  • In addition to Glasser, Perry and Swarmer, a number of other freshmen made major contributions for the Penguins in 2019. YSU had nine freshmen who played in at least 10 games during the season.
  • True freshman infielder Steven D'Eusanio played in 35 games and made 16 starts. He hit .385 and slugged .500 with 10 hits including a home run over his last seven games. He also batted .378 and slugged .459 with 14 hits and 10 RBIs over 16 Horizon League contests.
  • Redshirt freshman right-hander Jon Snyder led YSU with 10.61 K/9 and ranked second on the team with 44 strikeouts over 37.1 innings in 14 appearances and eight starts. Snyder's 44 K's were the most by a YSU freshman since Collin Floyd's 58 in 2016, and only two freshmen in the league had more strikeouts in 2019.
  • 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.
  • Like Perry, left-hander Marco DeFalco established himself a key part of YSU's starting rotation as a true freshman. The Niles, Ohio, native tossed 38.2 innings over 14 appearances and nine starts. He 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.
  • DeFalco allowed just three earned runs on five hits over 5.2 innings to earn his first-career win at 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.
  • Brandon Matthews become an integral part of the Penguins' bullpen in his true freshman campaign. The right-hander pitched 35.1 innings over 17 appearances, and opponents batted .256 against him for the season. He held Pitt to one run on three hits and one walk over four innings of relief to earn his first collegiate victory on March 13.
  • Brett Souder also became a go-to arm out of the bullpen this past season for the Penguins. The true freshman right-hander led YSU and ranked top-10 in the Horizon League with two saves. He also ranked tied for fourth on the team with 19 total appearances.
  • Redshirt freshman Grant Kersh developed into a reliable middle-inning reliever for YSU in 2019. The right-hander was 1-0 over 31.2 innings in 19 relief appearances. He also posted a 3.86 ERA over 14 innings and eight appearances in Horizon League play.
  • Kersh had a phenomenal performance out of the bullpen on May 16 against Milwaukee to help YSU cut a nine-run deficit to one. He allowed only three hits and retired 15 of the 18 batters he faced over five scoreless innings of relief. Kersh's five innings were a career high, and he did not issue a walk.

Five Seniors Finish Careers

  • Five Penguins concluded their collegiate careers in 2019: Web Charles, Kip DeShields, Drew Dickerson, Zach Lopatka and Trevor Wiersma.
  • Charles, who was a fixture in the YSU lineup over his four years, played in a total of 161 games and finished his career ranked 15th in program history with 246 assists on defense. He was named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team in 2017.
  • After starting his career as an infielder, Charles made the transition to full-time outfielder in 2019. He made 37 starts in right field and three in center. Impressively, he started a game at six different positions during his career.
  • DeShields pitched 62.2 innings in 45 total appearances and seven starts over the last two seasons after transferring from St. Petersburg College.
  • The Beloit, Ohio, native led the Penguins with 26 appearances and three victories in 2019. He posted a 3-2 record and a 4.23 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. His 26 appearances are tied for the 11th-most in a single season in school history. In Horizon League play, DeShields was 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA over 12.2 innings in 12 outings.
  • Dickerson played in 100 games and was YSU's primary starter at second base over the last two years after transferring from Macomb Community College. He finished his career tied for 11th in program history with 51 career double plays turned.
  • In 2019, Dickerson started 45 times and finished the season ranked fourth on the team in batting average (.247), doubles (8), RBIs (26) and stolen bases (12). He hit .278 with six doubles, 17 RBIs and nine steals in Horizon League action. His two triples at Penn State on April 9 marked a single-game high in the Horizon League.
  • Lopatka was a versatile two-way player for the Penguins over the last two seasons after transferring from Lackawanna College. He played in a total of 64 games as a position player and made 20 pitching appearances.
  • In 2019, Lopatka played in 23 games as a hitter and made 18 starts in the lineup while also making 10 appearances and two starts on the mound. He hit .290 in league play and earned the save in YSU's win over Toledo on April 10. He was also named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team.
  • In his only season in Youngstown, Wiersma made a major impact as the Penguins' starting first baseman. The graduate transfer from Concord University started 53 of YSU's 54 games and led the team in slugging (.449) and on-base percentage (.399).
  • Wiersma also ranked second on the squad in batting average (.281), hits (52), home runs (6), RBIs (29), walks (34), total bases (83) and runs scored (31). He batted .304 in league action with 28 hits, 18 runs scored and a .429 OBP.
  • Wiersma hit an impressive .355 and slugged .548 with 33 hits including eight doubles, two triples and two home runs in 27 games over the final two months of the season. He also recorded 15 RBIs, 25 runs scored, 20 walks and 51 total bases with a .465 OBP over that stretch.
  • In the season opener at Mississippi State on Feb. 15, Wiersma hit the first home run at the newly-renovated Dudy Noble Field at Polk DeMent Stadium in front of more than 8,500 fans. Wiersma's homer came off MSU left-hander Ethan Small, who was selected 28th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.