Baseball Resumes Horizon League Play at UIC on Friday

Dylan Swarmer (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Dylan Swarmer (Photo by Rob Hayes)

After spending the week focused on final exams and projects, the Youngstown State baseball team will resume Horizon League play this weekend at UIC. The Penguins and Flames will open their three-game series on Friday at 5:35 p.m. ET, and proceed to play Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

All three games will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and WatchESPN. Live stats throughout the weekend 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 Flames

  • UIC entered the week with at 21-20 overall and 13-10 in Horizon League play. The Flames are currently third in the league standings, a game back of second-place Milwaukee.
  • UIC has won three of its last four games after a 4-1 triumph over Chicago on Tuesday. The Flames also took two of three against Milwaukee at Curtis Granderson Stadium last weekend.
  • Senior outfielder Scott Ota ranks in the top 10 of the Horizon League in eight different categories. He ranks fourth with a .360 batting average and leads the league with 17 home runs and a .764 slugging percentage.
  • Ota's 17 homers also rank 10th nationally, and his 51 RBIs rank second in the league.
  • Freshman catcher Ryan Hampe ranks third in the league with a team-best .369 batting average to along with 11 doubles and 30 RBIs.
  • The Flames lead the Horizon League with a team ERA of 3.60 while allowing a league-low 327 hits, 177 runs and a .248 opposing batting average.
  • Four different UIC pitchers have an ERA of 3.00 or below. Junior right-hander Jacob Key leads the league with 84 innings pitched and ranks tied for third with 72 strikeouts.
  • Key boasts a 2.79 ERA, a 6-6 record, two complete games, and an opposing average of .228 over 12 starts.
  • Senior right-hander and closer Alex Padilla maintains a league-low 1.23 ERA, five saves and 21 strikeouts over 22 innings out of the bullpen. Relievers Mark McCabe (1.46) and Sam Menegat (1.50) hold the second and third-lowest ERAs in the league behind Padilla.

Series History

  • Overall: UIC leads 58-25
  • Bertolini: 5-9 // Home: 21-21 // Away: 2-35 // Neutral: 2-2
  • Current Win Streak: 1 by UIC
  • YSU and UIC split the 2018 season series as each team swept a three-game games on its home field. The Penguins swept a Horizon League opponent for the first time since 2012 when they won three games over the Flames in late March while the Flames returned the favor in late May during the final weekend of the regular season.
  • The Penguins took two of three against the Flames at Eastwood Field this season in early April.
  • YSU's last win over UIC in Chicago was a 1-0 decision on May 8, 2016.
  • First meeting: May 14, 2004 (W 11-8)

A Win on Friday Would…

  • Be the Penguins' 13th of the season and 46th under Head Coach Dan Bertolini.
  • Give YSU a 3-1 edge in the season series with UIC.
  • Be the Penguins' first victory over the Flames in Chicago since 2016.
  • Improve YSU's Horizon League record to 7-15.
  • Be the Penguins' fifth win in their last eight games.

Last Series Against UIC

  • YSU won two of three games against UIC earlier this season on April 5-7 at Eastwood Field. The Penguins won the first two contests 7-3 and 6-5 before falling 3-8 in the finale.
  • In the series opener, Colin Clark pitched a gem, and Blaze Glenn homered as part of a five-RBI night to lead YSU to a 7-3 victory.
  • Clark held the Flames to one earned run over eight innings as he outdueled UIC starter Jacob Key. Glenn backed him up by going 4-for-4.
  • In addition to Glenn's four hits, Phillip Glasser and Lucas Nasonti both had a pair of hits as YSU registered 13 hits as a team.
  • In game two, the heart of the Penguins order combined for 10 hits, and Travis Perry pitched 7.2 solid innings to lift the Penguins to a 6-5 victory.
  • Perry allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out three batters in the longest outing of his career. After allowing a one-out RBI double in the top of the fourth inning, the freshman right-hander retired 11 straight batters through the seventh.
  • Jeff Wehler and Trevor Wiersma both had three hits from the fourth and fifth spots in the lineup, and Glenn and Drew Dickerson had two hits apiece from the third and sixth positions for the Penguins. YSU had 14 hits collectively, which was a season high at the time.
  • In the finale, UIC's bullpen did not allow a hit while blanking the Penguins over the final four innings of play as the Flames won 8-3.
  • Glenn was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBIs while Dylan Swarmer doubled, walked and scored a run. Nasonti recorded an RBI single and a stolen base, and Cameron Murray had a base hit and a steal.
  • Freshman left-hander Marco DeFalco suffered his first loss of the season after allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out three over 4.1 innings.

Recapping Last Week

vs. Eastern Michigan – Wednesday, May 1 // W 10-4

  • Jeff Wehler had three of YSU's 14 hits as the Penguins beat Eastern Michigan 10-4 at Eastwood Field for their third win in four games.
  • Wehler also stole four bases and scored three times in the contest, and the Penguins had six steals as a team. 
  • Cameron Murray drove in three runs in a two-hit day, and Trevor WiersmaDrew Dickerson and Dylan Swarmer also had two hits apiece. That provided more than enough cushion for the pitching staff that allowed four runs on six hits.
  • Lucas Nasonti hit his first home run of the season and scored two runs.
  • Jon Snyder surrendered one hit over five shutout innings in his first collegiate victory, and four pitchers tossed an inning apiece after him to protect the lead.

vs. Wright State – Friday, May 3 // L 3-8

  • Wright State had two big swings early and scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat Youngstown State 8-3 in the series opener at Eastwood Field.
  • YSU had nine hits – just one fewer than Wright State – but bounced into three costly double plays that limited their scoring early.
  • The Raiders scored four runs over the first four innings before the Penguins countered with one in the fifth and two in the sixth to get within 4-3. Wright State added four insurance runs with two outs in the ninth.
  • Phillip Glasser, Dickerson and Murray had two hits apiece, and Wehler singled and stole three bases for the Penguins.
  • Colin Clark allowed four runs on six hits while striking out a career-high eight batters in 6.1 innings of work. Wright State's other four runs came off Chad Coles with two outs in the top of the ninth with the score 4-3.

vs. Wright State – Saturday, May 4 // W 5-4

  • Steven D'Eusanio's pinch-hit sacrifice fly plated Blaze Glenn in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift YSU to a 5-4 victory over Wright State on Senior Day.
  • D'Eusanio's game-winner backed two home runs from Swarmer and another strong start on the mound from Travis Perry.
  • The Penguins led 4-1 after five innings, held the Raiders to single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings and worked out of a jam in the ninth to set up D'Eusanio's heroics.
  • It was YSU's third walk-off win of the season at Eastwood Field.
  • Swarmer became the first YSU catcher to hit two home runs in a game in 15 years, and he had two of the Penguins' four hits in the game. Nasonti and Wehler also had hits, and Wehler had a key at bat in the ninth that led to the winning run.
  • Kip DeShields, one of five YSU seniors celebrated prior to the game, got the final five outs of the game to earn his third win of the season.
  • Perry allowed just two earned runs on seven hits over six innings, and he struck out four batters.

vs. Wright State – Friday, May 3 // L 7-9

  • Youngstown State overcame a pair of four-run deficits but ultimately fell 9-7 to Wright State in the series finale on Sunday.
  • The Penguins fell behind 4-0 after a first-inning grand slam, and they trailed by four again at 6-2 after the top of the fourth.
  • YSU scored three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead, but Wright State scored the final three runs of the ballgame to win 9-7.
  • YSU had the winning run at the plate after a pair of one-out walks in the bottom of the ninth inning, but WSU reliever Tristan Haught came in to get consecutive fly outs.
  • Glenn hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season for the Penguins, and Wehler and Glasser both had a pair of hits.
  • DeFalco was charged with four runs in one inning of work, and Brandon Matthews allowed two runs while pitching the second through fourth innings for the Penguins.
  • Gary Clift Jr. pitched a scoreless fifth, and Zach Lopatka allowed the three single tallies in the sixth through eighth innings. Coles retired the Raiders in order in the ninth.

Quick Notes Around The Diamond

  • Going into the weekend, YSU ranks second in the Horizon League and 15th in the nation with 101 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 2.20 steals per game also rank second in the Horizon League and 11th in the nation. YSU and Wright State are tied for the league lead with 52 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. The Guins have recorded at least two steals in eight of their last 10, and 12 of their last 16 contests.
  • Four Penguins rank among the league leaders in stolen bases. Jeff Wehler is second with 28, Blaze Glenn is tied for fourth with 17 and Drew Dickerson and Lucas Nasonti are each tied for eighth with 10.
  • YSU also ranks second in the Horizon League with 212 walks. Six Penguins have drawn at least 15 free passes, and two rank top-10 in the league. Glenn ranks seventh with 33 and Trevor Wiersma is eighth with 31.
  • 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 five 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 eighth in the league with 60.2 innings pitched and ninth with 43 strikeouts.
  • 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 their last nine and 14 of their last 19 games at Eastwood Field. Friday's series opener at UIC will be YSU's first road game in 24 days; the team's last contest away from home was April 16 at Pitt.
  • Inclement weather has caused schedule changes or cancelations to be made to 11 of the Penguins' first 13 weekend series this season.

Notebook

Smooth Criminals

  • YSU's 101 stolen bases rank as the second-most in a single season in program history. The Penguins need just four 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' 101 steals rank second in the Horizon League and 15th in the nation. Their 2.20 steals per game also rank second in the league and 11th nationally.
  • YSU and Wright State are tied for the league lead 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. The Penguins have swiped at least two bags in 12 of their last 16 outings.

 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 weekend, Wehler ranks second in the league and 17th 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 17 bags in conference action and leads the nation with 47 total steals.
  • Impressively, Wehler has recorded 14 steals over his last eight games, and had 10 over a four-game stretch last week. He's swiped at least one bag in each of his last five outings.
  • The St. Marys, Pa., native also ranks 12th in the country with 0.70 steals per game.
  • Wehler's 28 steals thus far in 2019 rank as the third-most in a single-season in program history. 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 two earned runs over 13.2 innings for an ERA of 1.36 in his last two starts. He has 12 strikeouts over that stretch and opponents are batting just .204.
  • 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.
  • 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 this past Saturday. 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 52.2 innings pitched, seven starts and two victories while and ranking third with 35 strikeouts.

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 weekend, Snyder leads YSU with 10.76 K/9 and ranks second on the team with 36 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 baserunners 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 this past Wednesday. He didn't allow a hit until a two-out single in the third, and struck out five batters.

 Swarmer Scorching at The Plate

  • Freshman catcher Dylan Swarmer has been catching fire at the plate over the last few weeks. He is batting .474 and slugging 1.053 with nine hits including a double, two triples and two home runs over his last seven games.
  • Swarmer has also recorded four runs scored, four walks, 20 total bases and a .600 OBP over that stretch. Additionally, he has reached base safely in each of his last 11 games.
  • He has had at least two hits in three of his last six outings while hitting safely in four straight going into this weekend. Swarmer has also had at least one RBI in five consecutive contests.
  • The freshman went 2-for-3 with two home runs and a career-high three RBIs in YSU's win over Wright State this past Saturday.  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 last week, 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 ealier 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.
  • The Saxonburg, Pa., native has started at catcher in 33 of YSU's 46 games this season. He was pressed into full-time duty early in the season after injuries to veterans Nick Caruso and Tanner Montgomery.

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 40 of YSU's 46 games, and has been in the top third of the Penguins' batting order 39 times.
  • Glasser currently ranks second on the team with a .272 batting average, and is tied for the team lead with 13 multi-hit games. He is batting .329 with 24 hits, 11 RBIs and 17 runs scored over 19 games since the start of April.
  • 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 32.2 innings over 12 appearances and seven 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 innings pitched over 15 appearances, and opponents are batting .242 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 15 outings.
  • 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 17 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 23.1 innings in 15 outings.

Blazin' Hot

  • After a slow start to the season, junior third baseman Blaze Glenn is batting .351 and slugging .662 with 26 hits including seven home runs over 19 games since the start of April. The 2018 Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree also has 28 RBIs, 16 runs scored, 14 walks, 49 total bases, a .457 OBP and seven stolen bases in nine attempts over that stretch.
  • For the year, Glenn leads YSU with nine doubles, nine home runs, 42 RBIs, a .476 slugging percentage, 33 walks and 79 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.
  • Glenn hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season in Sunday's series finale with 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 four.
  • Glenn is also slugging .519 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 21 Horizon League contests this season.

 Glenn's Place in the 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 33 free passes this season with at least eight 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 46 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 .361 and slugging .475 with 22 hits including four doubles and a home run over 14 contests since the start of April. He also has 11 runs scored, 29 total bases and 14 steals over that stretch.
  • Heading into this weekend, Wehler has hit safely in nine straight games. He is hitting .459 and slugging .622 with 17 hits, 10 runs scored and a .512 OBP over those nine contests.
  • For the season, Wehler leads YSU with a .293 batting average, 46 hits, 27 runs scored and 28 steals. He also ranks second with eight doubles, five home runs, 69 total bases and a .439 slugging percentage.
  • Wehler also leads the Penguins and ranks sixth in the Horizon League with a .356 batting average in league play. He is slugging .466 with 26 hits in 18 league contests.
  • Wiersma is batting .339 and slugging .484 with 21 hits including six doubles and a home run over 19 games since April 3. He has also recorded 11 RBIs, 17 runs scored, 17 walks and 30 total bases with a .475 OBP over that stretch.
  • Wiersma leads YSU with a .392 OBP for the season, and ranks second with five home runs, 25 RBIs and 31 walks. He is also hitting .275 in 20 Horizon League contests this season.
  • Nasonti is hitting .329 with 25 hits including three doubles and a home run over his last 19 contests. He has also notched 17 runs scored, 31 total bases, seven walks and six 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 last Wednesday. He hit safely in 11 straight games from April 7-23.

 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 each of their last nine and 14 of their last 19 games at Eastwood Field. YSU will have gone 24 days between road games when it plays at UIC on Friday. The team's last road contest was at Pitt on April 16 as its scheduled series at Oakland at the end April was cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • After this weekend's series at UIC, 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 its series at UIC this weekend, Youngstown State will host Ohio State on Tuesday, May 14, for its final non-conference contest of the regular season. First pitch against the Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. at Eastwood Field.