Penguins to Face Milwaukee Wednesday in Horizon League Tournament

Jeff Wehler (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Jeff Wehler (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The sixth-seeded Youngstown State baseball team will begin play in the 2019 Horizon League Baseball Championship against third-seeded Milwaukee on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The tournament is being hosted at Wright State's Nischwitz Stadium after the Raiders secured the top seed in the field. All games of the tournament will be streamed live on ESPN+, and live stats will also be available through links on HorizonLeague.com.

Wednesday's opening-round games will be single elimination, and the tournament will shift to a double-elimination format on Thursday once it is narrowed to four teams. If the Penguins win, they will play top-seeded Wright State in the winners bracket on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Fourth-seeded Northern Kentucky and fifth-seeded Oakland will open the tournament on Wednesday at noon.

Penguins In The Horizon League Tournament

  • The Penguins are 18-24 all-time in the Horizon Tournament after going 1-2 last season.
  • Before last season, YSU had not played in the league tournament since 2015, and had not won a game at the event since winning the championship in 2014.
  • The fifth-seeded Penguins beat fourth-seeded Oakland 4-1 in the first round last season to advance into the winners bracket. YSU then fell 1-11 to top-seeded Wright State and 1-3 to third-seeded Milwaukee.
  • Youngstown State is 5-4 all-time against Milwaukee in the Horizon League Tournament. The Penguins' last win over the Panthers in postseason play was an 11-5 triumph in the semifinals on May 23, 2014, at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisc. YSU went on to beat Wright State 5-4 in the championship game the following day.
  • The Penguins are 11-9 all-time as the sixth seed in the tournament, 17-16 as the underdog and 1-8 as the favorite. YSU was seeded sixth when it won the Horizon League Tournament Championship in 2014. The Guins also won the league's tournament title in 2004 as the seventh seed.

Previewing Milwaukee

Scouting The Panthers

  • Milwaukee finished the regular season at 32-19-1 overall and 18-11 in Horizon League play. The Panthers have won or tied seven of their last nine games after taking two of three against the Penguins last week at Eastwood Field.
  • Milwaukee is seeded third in the Horizon League Tournament behind Wright State and UIC. The Panthers and Flames each finished with an 18-11 league mark, but UIC held the tie breaker to earn the second seed.
  • Milwaukee has three players who were Second-Team All-Horizon League selections last season: senior catcher 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 nine different categories.
  • Bordner has a team-high .352 batting average while Schwecke is hitting .342 and leads the Panthers with 68 hits, 17 doubles and 49 RBIs. Junior infielder Joe Vyskocil is batting .330 with a team-best seven home runs while Rybacki is hitting .307. Sophomore catcher Jack Thelen is batting .321 with a team-high .593 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 409 strikeouts for the season. Senior right-hander Jared Reklaitis leads the league with 92 K's and ranks third with 87.1 innings pitched. He holds a 8-4 record and 6.60 ERA over 18 appearances and 16 starts.
  • Junior right-hander Matt Vanek is 7-1 this season with a 4.35 ERA over 51.2 innings in 16 appearances and six starts. Senior left-hander Alex McIntosh is 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA over 29.0 innings in 17 appearances, 14 of which have come out of the bullpen. Senior closer Jake Sommers leads the Horizon League with 10 saves.

Series History

  • Overall: Milwaukee leads 61-34
  • Bertolini: 4-13 // Home: 19-28 // Away: 9-24 // Neutral: 6-9
  • Current Win Streak: 1 by Youngstown State
  • 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.
  • Milwaukee also took two of three against YSU last week in the final series of the regular season for each team. The Penguins won the series finale on Saturday 9-3 to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Panthers.
  • First meeting: April 2, 1994 (L 0-4)

 A Win on Wednesday Would…

  • Advance YSU to the winners bracket of the Horizon League Tournament to face top-seeded Wright State on Thursday.
  • Be the Penguins' 14th of the season and 47th under Head Coach Dan Bertolini.
  • Give YSU a victory in the Horizon League Tournament for the second straight season.
  • Be YSU's second straight win overall and second straight against Milwaukee.
  • Give the Penguins their first win over Milwaukee in the league tournament since 2014.

Last Time Against The Panthers

Game 1 – Thursday, May 16 // L 10-11

  • Youngstown State scored the final eight runs of the game including four in the ninth inning to mount a major comeback bid, but ultimately fell 11-10 to Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series on Thursday afternoon at Eastwood Field.
  • Trailing 11-6 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Penguins scored four times and got the potential winning run to the plate but Milwaukee closer Jake Sommers came on to get a game-ending strikeout with the tying run on second base.
  • Milwaukee built a comfortable 11-2 lead with a six-run third and a two-run fourth. YSU chipped away at the deficit with two runs in the fourth and one each in the sixth and seventh to set up the ninth-inning drama.
  • Both teams had 12 hits but early errors proved costly for Youngstown State as Milwaukee scored eight unearned runs over the first four innings as a result of Penguins' miscues.
  • Grant Kersh helped create the comeback opportunity with a phenomenal performance out of the bullpen. He allowed only three hits and retired 15 of the 18 batters he faced over five scoreless innings of relief. The freshman right-hander faced the minimum in two different frames.
  • Phillip Glasser's stolen base in the bottom of the first inning gave YSU its 105th steal of the season to set a new single-season school record. The previous record of 104 was set 49 years ago in 1970. The Penguins went on to steal three bases in the game to push their season total to 107.
  • Steven D'Eusanio and Trevor Wiersma each had three hits for the Penguins, and Wiersma scored three times. Jeff Wehler and Drew Dickerson had two hits apiece, and Wehler drove in three runs in the ninth.
  • YSU starter Colin Clark suffered the loss after allowing 11 runs, only three of which were earned, on nine hits over four innings. The sophomore left-hander also registered five strikeouts in his four innings of work.

Game 2 – Friday, May 17 // L 4-5

  • YSU dropped a one-run decision to Milwaukee for the second straight game as it fell 5-4 on Friday afternoon. More than 3,000 area students attended the contest as part of the annual Kids Day Game presented by Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.
  • The Panthers struck first with two runs on the top of the third inning before the Penguins took their only lead with three in the fourth. The lead changed hands again when Milwaukee plated two in the fifth, and YSU tied it by scoring once in the sixth. The Panthers scored an unearned run in the seventh to grab the lead for good.
  • Blaze Glenn and D'Eusanio both had a pair of hits, and Wehler registered two RBIs to lead the Penguins offensively. Wehler increased his RBI total for the week to nine, and he also became just the second player in program history to steal 30 bases in a season.
  • YSU starter Travis Perry pitched the first five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out three batters in a no-decision. Gary Clift Jr. pitched a shutout sixth inning but was charged with the unearned run in the seventh that proved to be the difference.
  • Perry picked off a Milwaukee baserunner at first base in each of the first two innings, and he has now picked off three runners this season. Only eight other Penguins have picked off at least three runners in a season since 2000. The last YSU pitcher to pick off two runners in a game was Collin Floyd on May 19, 2017, on Kids Day against Rider.

Game 3 – Saturday, May 18 // W 9-3

  • Youngstown State scored five runs in the first three innings and added four in the seventh to beat Milwaukee 9-3 on a sunny Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams.
  • The Penguins led five outs into the game after Dickerson hit a two-run single in the bottom of the first, and they held that advantage for the duration. YSU added three runs in the third to go up 5-0, and Milwaukee scored its three runs over the fifth and sixth innings to cut the margin to two. 
  • YSU scored four two-out runs in the seventh inning to create the final margin and end the home campaign with an 11-11 record.
  • Wiersma went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, and Dickerson had three RBIs to lead the Penguins. D'Eusanio had a big two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning to allow YSU to add insurance.
  • YSU starter Marco DeFalco allowed just two hits through the first four innings before allowing back-to-back solo home runs in the fifth. DeFalco left with two outs in the fifth and two runners on, and Brett Souder came out of the bullpen to get a strikeout that ended the inning.
  • YSU's bullpen settled in to allow just one run over 4.1 hitless innings. Starting with Dalton Earich's inning-ending ground out to complete the sixth inning, YSU's relievers retired 10 of the final 11 Milwaukee hitters. Earich pitched a perfect seventh, Chad Coles pitched a perfect eighth and Kip DeShields allowed a harmless one-out walk in the ninth.
  • DeFalco allowed two runs on the two solo homers over 4.2 innings of work in a no-decision. Earich was awarded the victory as his four outs were the most among YSU's five relievers.

Quick Notes Around The Diamond

  • Youngstown State set a new single-season school record for stolen bases with its 105th steal of the campaign on Friday against Milwaukee. The previous record of 104 was set 49 years ago in 1970.
  • This is just the second time in program history that the Penguins have reached 100 or more steals in a season. YSU's season total for steals currently stands at 112 entering Wednesday's game.
  • The Penguins rank second in the Horizon League and 12th in the nation with its 112 steals. YSU's 2.11 steals per game also rank second in the Horizon League and 11th in the nation. The Penguins also rank second with 61 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 33 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 30, Blaze Glenn is sixth with 18, Lucas Nasonti is tied for seventh with 13, Cameron Murray is ninth with 12 and Drew Dickerson is tied for 10th with 11.
  • YSU also ranks second in the Horizon League with 240 walks. Seven Penguins have drawn at least 15 free passes, and two rank top-10 in the league. Glenn ranks seventh with 38 and Trevor Wiersma is ninth with 34.
  • The Penguins' 240 walks are the second-most in a single season in program history. YSU recorded 272 walks last season to shatter the previous school record of 234 that was set in 2013.
  • 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 (38) and steals (18).
  • 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 fourth in the Horizon League with three triples this season.
  • Sophomore left-hander Colin Clark ranks sixth in the league with 72 innings pitched, and tied for seventh with 51 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 went on to post an 11-11 record on their home 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 played 13 of their final 16 and 18 of their final 26 regular season games at Eastwood Field.
  • Inclement weather caused schedule changes or cancelations to be made to 11 of the Penguins' first 13 weekend series of the season.

Notebook

Penguins Set Single-Season Steals Record

  • Youngstown State set a new single-season school record for stolen bases with its 105th steal of the campaign on Friday against Milwaukee. The previous record of 104 was set 49 years ago in 1970.
  • This is just the second time in program history that the Penguins have reached 100 or more steals in a season. YSU's season total for steals currently stands at 112 entering Wednesday's game.
  • The Penguins rank second in the Horizon League and 12th in the nation with their 112 steals. YSU's 2.11 steals per game also rank second in the Horizon League and 11th in the nation. The Penguins also rank second with 61 steals in Horizon League play.
  • The Penguins are 112-for-137 in stolen attempts this season for a success rate of .818.
  • 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.
  • 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 33 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.

Improvement Over the Second Half

  • After a slow start to the season offensively, the Penguins have gotten back 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 30 games of the season, the Penguins hit .269 and slugged .375 as a squad with 178 runs, 273 hits, 158 RBIs and 73 steals while going 11-19.
  • After recording only 38 extra-base hits and 10 home runs over its first 23 games, YSU registered 70 extra base hits and 15 home runs over its final 30 games of the regular season.
  • Youngstown State has also shown marked improvement on the mound over the second half of the season. Over their last 26 games, the Penguins have lowered their team ERA almost two full points, and reduced their opponents' batting average by nearly 30 points.

 Wehler's Historic Stolen Base Numbers

  • After stealing a team-high 25 bases last season, sophomore outfielder Jeff 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 ranks second in the league and 16th in the nation with his 30 steals, and is 30-for-35 in stolen base attempts for the season. His 17 steals in Horizon League play rank second behind Wright State's JD Orr, who has swiped 26 bags in conference action and leads the nation with 57 total steals.
  • As of May 20, only six underclassmen in the nation had more steals than Wehler. Additionally, he is one of just 22 players in the country with 30 or more stolen bases.
  • The St. Marys, Pa., native also ranks 15th in the country with 0.64 steals per game. He has recorded 16 steals over his last 15 games, and had 10 over a four-game stretch from May 1 to May 5.
  • Wehler's 30 steals thus far in 2019 are tied for the second-most in a single-season in program history, and tied for the most by a YSU underclassmen. He needs six 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 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 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 has swiped at least two bases in six different games this season.
  • 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 30 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 seven earned runs over 23.2 innings for an ERA of 2.66 in his last four starts. He has 19 strikeouts over that stretch and opponents are batting just .225 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 allowed only 12 runs over 31.1 innings and earned two wins in his five home starts this season.
  • He allowed four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in a no-decision against Milwaukee on Friday at Eastwood Field.
  • Perry ranks second on the team with 62.2 innings pitched, 42 strikeouts, nine starts and two victories. He ranks 12th in the league in innings pitched, and only one freshman has logged more. He also ranks tied for 15th in the league in strikeouts, and only two freshmen have more K's.

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 a 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 tied for 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 last 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 Establishing Himself

  • Freshman catcher Dylan Swarmer has established himself as YSU's everyday catcher this season as a true freshman.
  • The Saxonburg, Pa., native has started at catcher in 40 of YSU's 53 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 tied for third in the league with 11 runners caught stealing, and eighth with 248 putouts. He is also second on the team among regular starters with a .982 fielding percentage.
  • 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.

Freshmen Making Major Contributions

  • In addition to Perry, Snyder and Swarmer, there have been a number of other freshmen 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 47 of YSU's 53 games, and has been in the top third of the Penguins' batting order 46 times.
  • Glasser is currently on an eight-game hitting streak and ranks third on the team with a .268 batting average, 48 hits and 13 multi-hit games. He is batting .307 with 31 hits, 13 RBIs and 21 runs scored over 26 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 has also been swinging the bat extremely well as of late. He is batting .435 and slugging .565 with 10 hits including a home run over his last six games. He has recorded seven RBIs, 13 total bases and a .458 OBP over that stretch.
  • D'Eusanio had a career-high three hits and matched his career high with two RBIs on Thursday against Milwaukee. He had two hits with an RBI against the Panthers on Friday, and also delivered a big two-run single in YSU's 9-3 win on Saturday.
  • D'Eusanio has played in 34 games and made 15 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 38.2 innings over 14 appearances and nine 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.
  • DeFalco also provided a solid start in YSU's win over Milwaukee on Saturday. He allowed just two runs on five hits over 4.2 innings, and the Penguins led 5-2 when he departed.
  • 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 35.1 innings and 17 appearances, and opponents are batting .256 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 17 outings. At the start of the week, only eight freshmen in the league had pitched more than Matthew's 35.1 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 fourth on the team with 19 total 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 30.2 innings in 18 relief appearances.
  • Kersh had a phenomenal performance out of the bullpen on Thursday 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. He faced the minimum in two different frames. Kersh's five innings were a career high, and he did not issue a walk.
  • Kersh has also posted a 3.86 ERA over 14 innings and eight appearances in Horizon League play.

Blazin' Hot

  • After a slow start to the season, junior third baseman Blaze Glenn is batting .300 and slugging .540 with 30 hits including seven home runs over 26 games since the start of April. The 2018 Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree also has 28 RBIs, 22 runs scored, 19 walks, 54 total bases, a .419 OBP and eight stolen bases in 10 attempts over that stretch.
  • For the year, Glenn leads YSU with 10 doubles, nine home runs, 42 RBIs, 38 walks, 32 runs scored and 84 total bases. He ranks second on the team with a .438 slugging percentage and 18 steals. He 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 seven.
  • Glenn is also slugging .456 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 27 Horizon League contests this season. His six homers in league play rank tied for sixth in the circuit, and his 20 walks are tied for ninth.

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 second player in school history to draw at least 38 walks 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 38 free passes this season, which ranks as the fifth-most in a single-season in YSU history.
  • With two more walks, Glenn would become just the third Penguin to ever draw 40 or more free passes in a campaign. His former teammate Trey Bridis walked 42 times last season, and Steve Mefferd set the single-season school record with 52 in 2001. Mefferd also had 39 walks in 2000.
  • Glenn will begin the week tied for 12th in program history with 77 career walks, and needs just two more base on balls to crack the top 10.
  • Glenn has also become just the third player in school history to record at least 42 RBIs in two different seasons. He has amassed 42 RBIs this season after driving in 43 runs a year ago. With one more run batted in, he would join Eric Diedrich as one of only two Penguins to notch 43 or more RBIs twice.
  • With 18 steals this season, Glenn has become 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 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 would likely 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 53 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 .349 and slugging .488 with 30 hits including six doubles and two home runs over 21 contests since the start of April. He also has 15 runs scored, 42 total bases and 16 steals over that stretch.
  • Wehler has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games including nine straight from April 18-May 5. He is hitting .403 and slugging .581 with 25 hits, 13 RBIs, 14 runs scored and a .479 OBP over those 16 contests.
  • For the season, Wehler leads YSU with a .297 batting average, 54 hits, 10 doubles, a .451 slugging percentage, 30 steals and 15 multi-hit games. He also ranks second with six home runs, 31 runs scored, 27 RBIs, 82 total bases and a .380 OBP. His six home runs also rank tied for 10th in the Horizon League.
  • Wehler leads the Penguins and ranks 12th in the Horizon League with a .330 batting average in league play. He is slugging .436 with 31 hits and 14 RBIs in 24 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 contest. He also added four hits and five RBIs in three games against Milwaukee to finish the week with seven hits and nine RBIs.
  • Wiersma is batting .348 and slugging .506 with 31 hits including seven doubles, two triples and a home run over 26 games since April 3. He has also recorded 13 RBIs, 23 runs scored, 20 walks and 45 total bases with a .464 OBP over that stretch.
  • The graduate transfer had seven hits, two RBIs and five runs scored over four games last week. He went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, a walk and three runs scored against Milwaukee on Friday.
  • Wiersma leads YSU with a .397 OBP for the season, and ranks second with 27 RBIs and 34 walks. He is also batting .304 with 28 hits, 18 runs scored and a .429 OBP in 26 Horizon League contests this season.
  • Nasonti is hitting .288 with 30 hits including four doubles and a home run over his last 26 contests. He has also notched 22 runs scored, 37 total bases, 10 walks and nine 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 17 of his last 23 games including 11 straight from April 7-23.
  • Nasonti is also tied for second on the team with 13 multi-hit games this season.

Up Next

If the Penguins are victorious on Wednesday, they will advance into the winners bracket of the 2019 Horizon League Baseball Championship to face regular-season champion and top-seeded Wright State on Thursday at 11 a.m.