Changes Made to Baseball's Weekend Series at Milwaukee

Gary Clift Jr. (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Gary Clift Jr. (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The location and start times for the Youngstown State baseball team's upcoming Horizon League series at Milwaukee have been changed.

Due to inclement weather and field conditions, the series has been moved to Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisc., on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin. The Penguins and Panthers will now open the series on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, and proceed to play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

Live audio via the Black & Gold Radio Network and live stats will be available throughout the weekend through links on YSUsports.com. Fans can allow follow @YSUBaseball on Twitter for live updates.

Probable Starting Pitchers:

Previewing Milwaukee

Scouting The Panthers

  • Milwaukee will enter this weekend's series at 16-13 overall and 5-6 in Horizon League play. The Panthers have lost three straight games after falling 6-1 to Northwestern on Tuesday. The Panthers are currently a game and a half ahead of the Penguins in fifth place of the Horizon League standings.
  • Milwaukee returned three players who were Second-Team All-Horizon League selections last season: senior catcher/outfielder Tyler Bordner, junior infielder Trevor Schwecke and senior outfielder Devin Rybacki. The group ranks among the top 10 of the conference in numerous offensive categories.
  • Bordner leads Milwaukee with a .370 average at the plate, Schwecke is hitting .340 with a team-high 27 RBIs and Rybacki is batting .314 with a team-best 37 hits. Junior infielder Joe Vyskocil is hitting .319 and leads the Panthers with five home runs and a .549 slugging percentage.
  • As a team, Milwaukee ranks second in the league in batting average, run scored, hits, home runs, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and fielding percentage
  • The Panthers' starting rotation will consist of junior Matt Vanek, senior Jared Reklaitis and sophomore Mike Edwards.
  • Vanek is 4-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 30 innings over eight appearances and three starts. Reklaitis is 3-4 with an 8.20 ERA while leading Milwaukee with 51 strikeouts and 45 innings pitched over 10 outings and eight starts. Edwards has posted a record of 2-3 and an ERA of 2.80 in 35.1 innings. Senior pitcher Alex McIntosh boasts a 4-0 record and 1.69 ERA in 16 innings over eight appearances.

Series History

  • Overall: Milwaukee leads 56-33
  • Bertolini: 3-8 // Home: 18-26 // Away: 9-24 // Neutral: 6-6
  • Current Win Streak: 5 by Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee won six of seven matchups between the two teams last season. The Panthers took two of three at Eastwood Field in mid-March before sweeping the second series in late April. That series was also played at Eastwood Field due to inclement weather in Milwaukee. The Panthers also won a 3-1 decision in the Horizon League Tournament.  
  • First meeting: April 2, 1994 (L 0-4)

A Win on Friday Would… 

  • Be YSU's second consecutive victory.
  • Be YSU's ninth win of the season and 42nd under Head Coach Dan Bertolini.
  • Improve the Penguins' Horizon League record to 5-8.
  • Be YSU's fifth victory in its last seven games, and seventh in its last 11.
  • Allow the Penguins to win their second straight series opener.
  • Snap a five-game losing streak to Milwaukee.
  • Give the Penguins four wins in their last six league contests.

Recapping Penn State and Toledo

Tuesday, April 9 – at Penn State (L 15-16)

  • Youngstown State battled back to erase an eight-run deficit by scoring 12 runs over a five-inning stretch, but ultimately fell 16-15 to Penn State in a wild contest on Tuesday evening from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
  • The Penguins, who fell behind 11-3 in the third inning, carried a 15-13 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Nittany Lions got their first three hitters aboard, and scored three times for the walk-off win.
  • YSU scored three times in the top of the second inning to grab an early lead before PSU countered with 10 runs in the bottom half.
  •  The Nittany Lions added another run in the third to build an eight-run advantage, but the Penguins scored the next 10 runs of the game to recapture a 13-11 lead in the seventh.
  • After Penn State evened the score with a pair of runs in the seventh, Youngstown State answered with two of its own in the eighth to carry a two-run lead into the ninth.
  • The high-scoring affair featured 31 runs and 30 hits while lasting nearly four hours. YSU's 15 runs and 17 hits were each season highs, and nine different Penguins had at least one hit.
  • Dylan Swarmer went 5-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. The freshman catcher became the first Penguin since Drew Dosch in 2012 to record five hits in a game. Swarmer's five hits were a career high and just one shy of the school record.
  • Drew Dickerson had three hits including a pair of RBI triples while Phillip Glasser drove in three runs and scored three times. Dickerson tied the school record with his two triples, and became the first Penguin since Rob Armstrong in 1988 to triple twice in the same contest.
  • Blaze Glenn collected two hits, an RBI and three stolen bases. Grant Kersh helped facilitate YSU's comeback by tossing 4.1 solid innings out of the bullpen. The freshman right-hander allowed three runs on four hits and struck out four while facing the minimum in the fourth and sixth frames.
  • Kip DeShields suffered the loss after being charged with the deciding three runs in the bottom of the ninth. YSU starter Jon Snyder was responsible for eight runs on four hits and four walks over 1.2 innings while Brandon Matthews surrendered a pair of runs over a third of an inning.

Wednesday, April 10 – vs. Toledo (W 5-3)

  • YSU tied a school record with nine stolen bases and had four pitchers combine for a six-hitter in a 5-3 win over Toledo on Wednesday evening at Eastwood Field.
  • The Penguins stole at least one base in five different innings, and they scored in four of those. Lucas Nasonti was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases from the second spot in the lineup, and the top three batters in the order combined for seven steals.
  • Youngstown State had seven steals in the first four innings, and the first time it was thrown out trying to swipe a bag was in the fifth.
  • The only other time YSU has stolen nine bases in a game in its history was May 2, 1970, at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
  • Cameron Murray stole two bases in the first inning and scored on a sacrifice fly for the first run of the game. The Penguins' leadoff batter walked, and he stole second and third with one out to set up the sacrifice fly by Glasser.
  • YSU then stole four bases in the third inning as it took a 3-0 lead. After the first two batters in the inning flew out, Nasonti singled up the middle and stole second and third. After Glasser walked, Glenn drove in Nasonti with a single to left. Glenn and Glasser then combined on a double steal, and Glasser went the final 90 feet on a wild pitch.
  • The eighth steal of the contest came in the fifth inning when Glasser singled and stole second to set up the Penguins' fourth run. After Glasser's steal, his second of the game, Glenn followed with an RBI single to center to put Youngstown State up 4-0.
  • Toledo had two hits through the first five innings, but the Rockets doubled that total and scored twice in the sixth to get within 4-2.
  • Zach Lopatka came on in relief during the sixth with two outs and runners on first and second, and he proceeded to get the final 10 outs of the game for the Penguins.
  • YSU gave Lopatka some insurance in the seventh inning to take a 5-2 lead. Nasonti drew a one-out walk, and he stole second base for his third swipe of the game and YSU's record-tying ninth steal. Nasonti then scored on Glasser's single and an ensuing error.
  • Toledo loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the ninth with back-to-back singles and a walk, but Lopatka was able to escape allowing just one run. With runners on second and third, Lopatka struck out Toledo's top hitter Brad Boss on a full-count pitch to end the game.
  • Lopatka retired the first seven batters he faced before allowing the three straight baserunners in the ninth inning. He struck out three batters in his 3.1 innings as he earned his first career save.
  • YSU starter Gary Clift Jr. struck out two batters and allowed just one baserunner on an error in his lone inning of work. The junior right-hander was on a pitch count and was awarded the victory. Clift Jr. made his first career start and his first appearance since Feb. 16, 2018.
  • Matthews took over in the second inning and allowed just two baserunners in his four innings of work.

Quick Notes Around the Diamond

  • Going into the weekend, YSU ranks second in the Horizon League with 72 stolen bases, and also leads the conference with a success rate of .809 (72-for-89) in stolen base attempts.
  • The Penguins' 72 stolen bases also rank 14th nationally as of April 10, and their 2.18 steals per game rank second in the Horizon League and 13th in the nation. YSU paces the league easily with 35 steals in league play; Wright State is second with 25.
  • Youngstown State stole nine bases for the first time since 1970 to tie the single-game school record in 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 ranks second with 15 steals, Jeff Wehler is third with 14, Drew Dickerson and Lucas Nasonti are each tied for sixth with eight and Phillip Glasser is tied for eighth with seven.
  • The Guins have swiped at least two bases in 15 of their last 19 games, and in 20 of 33 games overall.
  • YSU also ranks second in the Horizon League with 156 walks heading into the weekend. The Penguins have five players who have drawn at least 14 free passes, and three who rank top 10 in the league. Glenn ranks sixth with 24 walks, Trevor Wiersma is ninth with 20 and Glasser is 10th with 19. YSU walked a school-record 272 times in 2018.
  • YSU has 10 or more hits in six of its last eight games, and in eight of its last 13. The Penguins posted season highs with 17 hits and 15 runs in Tuesday's loss 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 is only player who has won the award multiple times in 2019.
  • Glenn was also named Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, and a Top-30 Performer on April 5 by D1Baseball.com for his four-hit, five-RBI performance in YSU's 7-3 win over UIC.
  • Glenn, Wehler and Wiersma are each tied for seventh in the Horizon League with four home runs. Glenn is also tied for sixth with eight doubles and tied for seventh with 25 RBIs.
  • Sophomore left-hander Colin Clark ranks sixth in the league with 44.1 innings pitched, and tied for ninth with 31 strikeouts. Clark also leads the circuit and ranks 28th in the nation with eight games started.
  • Freshman reliever Brett Souder ranks tied for sixth in the conference with two saves, and freshman Travis Perry is 10th with 36 innings pitched.
  • With Wednesday's victory over Toledo, the Penguins have now 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 24 of their 33 games this season. They have held 11 first-inning leads, and have scored first in 18 contests.
  • Last Wednesday's game against Kent State 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.

Up Next

Youngstown State will play at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 16, before hosting Northern Kentucky for a three-game Horizon League beginning on Thursday April, 18.