Penguins Welcome Milwaukee for Three-Game Series to Conclude Regular Season

Trevor Wiersma (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Trevor Wiersma (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State baseball team will begin its final series of the regular season when it hosts Milwaukee at Eastwood Field beginning on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. After Thursday's series opener, the Penguins and Panthers will proceed to play on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at noon.

Friday's contest will be the program's annual Akron Children's Hospital Kids Day as more than 3,000 area students will be in attendance.

Live audio will be available for all three games at YSNLive.com, and live stats throughout the series will be available through links on YSUsports.com. Fans can also follow @YSUBaseball on Twitter for live updates.

Probable Starting Pitchers:

Promotions

  • Thursday's game will feature $2 tickets and $2 beer for fans as well as a Quaker Steak "Strikeout Inning" promtion. If a YSU pitcher strikes out an opposing batter during a specific inning, all fans will receive a coupon for a buy-one, get-one-free appetizer of equal or lesser value at Quaker Steak and Lube.
  • Thursday will also be the final Rise Pies Free Pizza Game of the season.  If YSU scores five runs or more, all fans will receive a coupon for a free cheese pizza at Rise Pies.
  • Friday will be Akron Children's Hospital Kids Day with more than 3,000 area students in attendance.
  • Saturday's series finale will be Family Fun Day as kids will have the opportunity to run the bases following the game. There will also be a YSU Ruler giveaway and another Quaker Steak "Strikeout Inning" promotion.

Previewing Milwaukee

Scouting The Panthers

  • Milwaukee will enter this weekend's series at 30-18-1 overall and 16-10 in Horizon League play. The Panthers have won or tied five of their last games after a 5-3 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday.
  • Milwaukee is currently tied with UIC in second place of the Horizon League standings. The Panthers and Flames are two and a half games back of league-leading Wright State going into the final weekend of the regular season.
  • 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. Schwecke, a candidate for Horizon League Player of the Year, ranks among of the top 10 of the league in eight different categories.
  • Schwecke leads Milwaukee with a .353 batting average, 66 hits, 17 doubles and 47 RBIs. Bordner is hitting .340 with five home runs and 37 RBIs. Junior infielder Joe Vyskocil is batting .339 with a team-best seven home runs while Rybacki is hitting .308. Sophomore catcher Jack Thelen is batting .320 with a team-high .573 slugging percentage.
  • As a team, Milwaukee ranks second in the league in batting average, run scored, hits, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and fielding percentage.
  • The Panthers' pitching staff also leads the Horizon League with 392 strikeouts for the season. Senior right-hander Jared Reklaitis leads the league with 90 K's and ranks third with 81.1 innings pitched. He holds a 7-4 record and 6.53 ERA over 17 appearances and 15 starts.
  • Junior right-hander Matt Vanek is 6-1 this season with a 4.47 ERA over 48.1 innings in 15 appearances and six starts. Senior left-hander Alex McIntosh is 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA over 28.1 innings in 15 appearances, 12 of which have come out of the bullpen.

 Series History

  • Overall: Milwaukee leads 59-33
  • Bertolini: 3-11 // Home: 18-26 // Away: 9-24 // Neutral: 6-9
  • Current Win Streak: 8 by Milwaukee
  • The Panthers swept the first three-game series between the teams this season in mid-April. The series was played at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisc., due to inclement weather in the Milwaukee area.
  • First meeting: April 2, 1994 (L 0-4)

 A Win on Thursday Would…

  • Be the Penguins' 13th of the season and 46th under Head Coach Dan Bertolini.
  • Snap an eight-game losing streak to Milwaukee.
  • Improve YSU's league record to 7-18.
  • Snap a five-game losing streak overall.
  • Improve the Penguins' home record this season to 11-9.
  • Give YSU its third series-opening win of the season.

Last Time Against The Panthers

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.

Recapping Ohio State

  • Youngstown State took an early 4-0 lead, but Ohio State scored the final seven runs of the game to win 7-4 on Tuesday evening at Eastwood Field.
  • The Penguins jumped ahead with four runs off the bat of Jeff Wehler over the first three innings before the Buckeyes evened the score on a grand slam in the top of the fifth. Ohio State took the lead for good with a two-run blast in the eighth, and it added an insurance run in the ninth.
  • YSU got its leadoff hitter on base in five different frames but left a total of 12 runners on base. Wehler accounted for half of the Penguins' six hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a career-high four RBIs. Phillip Glasser Trevor Wiersma and Dylan Swarmer also had hits for YSU.
  • Youngstown State stole two bases in the game to increase its season total to 104. That ties the school record that was set in 1970 for the most in a season.
  • YSU starter Jon Snyder blanked the Buckeyes, who were playing at Eastwood Field for the second time in the series history, over the first four innings. All four runs he allowed came on Pohl's grand slam, and the redshirt-freshman pitcher surrendered five hits and five walks while striking out six batters in five innings.
  • Gary Clift Jr. pitched a shutout sixth, and Chad Coles shut out Ohio State in the seventh before allowing a a go-ahead two-run homer to Dominic Canzone in the eighth. Kip DeShields got the final two outs in the eighth inning and allowed a run in the ninth.

Quick Notes Around The Diamond

  • Youngstown State has tied the single-season school record of 104 stolen bases that was set in 1970. YSU ranks second in the Horizon League and 14th in the nation with its 104 steals. It marks just the second time in program history the Penguins have reached 100 or more steals in a season.
  • YSU's 2.08 steals per game also rank second in the Horizon League and 14th in the nation. The Penguins also ranks second with 53 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.
  • Youngstown State has stolen at least two bases in 30 different games this season, and at least four on 12 occasions.
  • Multiple Penguins rank among the league leaders in stolen bases. Jeff Wehler is second with 28, Blaze Glenn is sixth with 17, Cameron Murray and Lucas Nasonti are each tied for seventh with 12 and Drew Dickerson is in double digits as well with 10.
  • YSU also ranks second in the Horizon League with 225 walks. Seven Penguins have drawn at least 15 free passes, and two rank top-10 in the league. Glenn ranks seventh with 34 and Trevor Wiersma is eighth with 32.
  • 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 home runs (9), RBIs (42), walks (34) 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.
  • Swarmer leads YSU and ranks tied for third in the Horizon League with three triples this season.
  • Sophomore left-hander Colin Clark ranks seventh in the league with 68 innings pitched.
  • 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 10-9 record at home, and have won nine of their last 16 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 10 of their last 13 and 15 of their last 23 games at Eastwood Field. Last Friday's series opener at UIC was YSU's first road game in 24 days.
  • Inclement weather caused schedule changes or cancelations to be made to 11 of the Penguins' first 13 weekend series this season.

Notebook

Smooth Criminals

  • With two steals on Tuesday against Ohio State, Youngstown State has tied the single-season school record of 104 stolen bases that was set 49 years ago in 1970.
  • The Penguins are 104-for-128 in stolen attempts this season for a success rate of .813.
  • 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' 104 steals rank second in the Horizon League and 14th in the nation. Their 2.08 steals per game also rank second in the league and 14th nationally.
  • Youngstown State also ranks second in the league 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.
  • Youngstown State has stolen at least two bases in 30 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.

 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.
  • Wehler ranks second in the league and 21st 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 21 bags in conference action and leads the nation with 52 total steals.
  • As of May 13, only six underclassmen in the nation had more steals than Wehler. He has recorded 14 steals over his last 12 games, and had 10 over a four-game stretch from May 1 to May 5.
  • The St. Marys, Pa., native also ranks 18th in the country with 0.64 steals per game.
  • Wehler's 28 steals thus far in 2019 rank as the third-most in a single-season in program history, and the second-most by a YSU sophomore. 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 three earned runs over 18.2 innings for an ERA of 1.48 in his last three starts. He has 16 strikeouts over that stretch and opponents are batting just .188 against him.
  • 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. 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 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 57.2 innings pitched, 39 strikeouts, eight starts and two victories. He ranks 12th in the league in innings pitched, and only one freshman has logged more. He also ranks 15th in the league in strikeouts, and only two freshmen have more K's.
  • Perry is currently slated to make his ninth start of the season on Friday in game two against Milwaukee.

Snyder Settling In

  • Redshirt freshman right-hander Jon Snyder has also put forth a couple of impressive performances on the mound as of late.
  • Over his last three starts, Snyder has an 2.81 ERA and 17 strikeouts, and opponents are hitting just .148 against him. He has allowed five runs on eight hits over 16 innings during that stretch. Snyder leads YSU with 10.70 K/9 and ranks second on the team with 42 strikeouts; only two freshmen in the league have more 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 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.
  • The Springboro, Ohio, native surrendered four runs on five hits and five walks while striking out six batters over five innings in a no-decision against Ohio State on Tuesday. All four runs he allowed came on a grand slam in the top of the fifth. He recorded at least one strikeout in each of his five frames on the mound.

Swarmer Having Success 

  • Freshman catcher Dylan Swarmer has been catching fire at the plate over the last few weeks. He is batting .323 and slugging .710 with 11 hits including two doubles, two triples and two home runs over his last 10 games.
  • Swarmer has also recorded nine RBIs, 22 total bases and a .417 OBP over that stretch. Additionally, he has reached base safely in 13 of his last 15 games, and hit safely in six of his last eight.
  • The freshman went 2-for-3 with two home runs and a career-high three RBIs in YSU's win over Wright State on May 4.  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 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.
  • In a loss at Penn State earlier 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.
  • His five hits at Penn State are also tied for the single-game high in the Horizon League this season. At the start of the week, only four freshmen in the league had more RBIs than Swarmer.
  • The Saxonburg, Pa., native has started at catcher in 37 of YSU's 50 games this season. He was pressed into full-time duty early in the season after injuries to veterans Nick Caruso and Tanner Montgomery.
  • Defensively, Swarmer ranks fourth in the league with 10 runners caught stealing, and seventh with 233 putouts. He is also second on the team among regular starters with a .981 fielding percentage.

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 44 of YSU's 50 games, and has been in the top third of the Penguins' batting order 43 times.
  • Glasser currently ranks second on the team with a .269 batting average, 45 hits, a .371 OBP and 13 multi-hit games. He is batting .315 with 28 hits, 13 RBIs and 18 runs scored over 23 games since the start of April.
  • At the start of the week, only three freshmen in the Horizon League had a higher batting average and more RBIs than Glasser.
  • True freshman infielder Steven D'Eusanio had a strong series last weekend at UIC. He batted .500 and slugged .875 with four hits in eight at bats over two games. The freshman hit a home run, drove in two runs, scored twice and recorded seven total bases with an OBP of .500 for the weekend.
  • D'Eusanio has played in 31 games and made 12 starts this season. He drove home the game-winning run in YSU's 5-4 win over league-leading Wright State on May 4 with a pinch-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • 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 34 innings over 13 appearances and eight starts this season.
  • 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.
  • 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 fifth on the team with 34.2 innings pitched over 16 appearances, and opponents are batting .258 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 16 outings. At the start of the week, only six freshmen in the league had pitched more than Matthew's 34.2 innings.
  • 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 third on the team with 18 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 24.2 innings in 17 relief appearances.

Blazin' Hot

  • After a slow start to the season, junior third baseman Blaze Glenn is batting .308 and slugging .571 with 28 hits including seven home runs over 23 games since the start of April. The 2018 Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree also has 28 RBIs, 17 runs scored, 15 walks, 52 total bases, a .409 OBP and seven stolen bases in nine attempts over that stretch.
  • For the year, Glenn leads YSU with 10 doubles, nine home runs, 42 RBIs, a .448 slugging percentage, 34 walks and 82 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 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 was a triple shy of the cycle, and became the first Penguin in two years to drive in six runs in a game in a 10-0 win over St. Bonaventure on April 24.
  • Glenn hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season on May 5 against 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 five.
  • Glenn is also slugging .479 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 24 Horizon League contests this season. His six homers in league play rank fourth in the circuit.

Glenn's Place in the YSU 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 34 free passes this season with at least five 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 50 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 .347 and slugging .480 with 26 hits including four doubles and two home runs over 18 contests since the start of April. He also has 12 runs scored, 36 total bases and 14 steals over that stretch.
  • Wehler has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games including nine straight from April 18-May 5. He is hitting .412 and slugging .588 with 21 hits, 11 runs scored and a .474 OBP over those 13 contests.
  • For the season, Wehler leads YSU with a .292 batting average, 50 hits, 28 runs scored and 28 steals. He also ranks second with eight doubles, six home runs, 76 total bases and a .444 slugging percentage. His six home runs also rank among the top 10 of the Horizon League.
  • Wehler leads the Penguins and ranks 11th in the Horizon League with a .325 batting average in league play. He is slugging .422 with 27 hits in 21 league contests.
  • The sophomore went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a three-run homer for a career-high four RBIs on Tuesday against Ohio State. He drove in all four of the Penguins' runs in the contests.
  • Wiersma is batting .325 and slugging .481 with 25 hits including seven doubles, a home run and a triple over 23 games since April 3. He has also recorded 11 RBIs, 18 runs scored, 18 walks and 37 total bases with a .448 OBP over that stretch.
  • Wiersma leads YSU with a .385 OBP for the season, and ranks second with 25 RBIs and 32 walks. He is also hitting .275 in 23 Horizon League contests this season.
  • Nasonti is hitting .319 with 29 hits including four doubles and a home run over his last 23 contests. He has also notched 20 runs scored, 36 total bases, nine walks and eight 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 on May 1. He has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games including 11 straight from April 7-23.
  • Nasonti is also tied for second on the with 13 multi-hit games this season.

 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 10-9 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 16 games at Eastwood Field, and 10 of the Penguins' 12 wins this season have come on their home field.
  • The Penguins have played 10 of their last 13 and 15 of their last 23 games at Eastwood Field.
  • Last Friday's series opener at UIC was YSU's first road contest in 24 days. The team's series at Oakland, which was scheduled for the end April, was cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • Thursday's series opener will continue a four-game home stand to close out the regular season. The Penguins will finish the regular season having played 18 of their final 26 games at Eastwood Field.

Up Next

After their series against Milwaukee, the Penguins will turn their attention toward the Horizon League Tournament. YSU's first-round game will be Wednesday, May 22, at a time and location to be determined. The tournament will be held at the campus of the top-seeded team.