Baseball Begins Fall Practice Monday at Eastwood Field

Head Coach Dan Bertolini addresses his team during Monday's practice (Photo by Drae Smith)
Head Coach Dan Bertolini addresses his team during Monday's practice (Photo by Drae Smith)

The Youngstown State baseball team held its first practice of fall ball on Monday afternoon at Eastwood Field. The Penguins have 24 returning players from last year's roster, and are incorporating a group of 16 newcomers, which includes four transfers and 12 freshmen.

The team started the workout with some light running and stretching before conducting various situational base-running drills. The team then moved on to individual drills which featured Head Coach Dan Bertolini working with infielders, Assistant Coach Eric Smith with outfielders, Assistant Coach Shane Davis with pitchers and Assistant Coach Eric Bunnell with catchers.

After the individual drills, the Penguins focused on multiple double-play scenarios and cut-off assignments on defense. The practice then concluded with a review of pop-fly/fly ball communication before batting practice with Smith.

The Penguins will hold their first intrasquad scrimmage at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, to begin a busy weekend for the program. The scrimmage will take place prior to the annual YSU Baseball Alumni Game at 6 p.m., and the program's golf outing will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at Youngstown Country Club.

Roster Breakdown

Returners (24): Blake Benyo (OF, R-Fr.), Nick Caruso (C, Sr.), Colin Clark (LHP, Jr.), Gary Clift Jr. (RHP, Sr.), Chad Coles (RHP, Jr.), Steven D'Eusanio (IF, So.), Marco DeFalco (LHP, So.), Cody Dennis (IF, Sr.), Dalton Earich (RHP, Jr.), Collin Floyd (LHP, Sr.), Phillip Glasser (IF, So.), Blaze Glenn (IF/OF, Sr.), Joel Hake (RHP, Sr.), Grant Kersh (RHP, So.), Nick LaBrasca (1B, So.), Brandon Matthews (RHP, So.), Zack Minney (RHP, Sr.), Cameron Murray (OF, Sr.), Lucas Nasonti (OF, Jr.), Travis Perry (RHP, So.), John Ritter (C, So.), Jon Snyder (RHP, So.), Dylan Swarmer (C, So.), Jeff Wehler (OF, Jr.)

Newcomers (16): Nathan Ball (LHP, Fr.), Jake Bowen (LHP, Fr.), Dayln Brickner (OF, Fr.), Matt Brosky (RHP, So.), Dominick Bucko (OF, Jr.), Dylan Carpenter (C, Jr.), Andre Good (OF, Fr.), Turner Grau (IF/OF, Fr.), Josh Hoffman (IF, Fr.), Trey Law (IF, Fr.), Casey Marshalwitz (RHP/OF, Fr.), Kenny Misik (LHP, Fr.), Braeden O'Shaughnessy (IF, Fr.), Padraig O'Shaughnessy (1B, So.), Brock Schuster (IF/RHP, Fr.), Bryce Warwick (RHP, Fr.)

Transfers (4): Matt Brosky (RHP – Ohio), Dominick Bucko (OF – Cuyahoga Community College), Dylan Carpenter (C – Sinclair Community College), Padraig O'Shaughnessy (1B – Mercyhurst North East)

Seniors (8): Nick Caruso, Gary Clift Jr., Cody Dennis, Collin Floyd, Blaze Glenn, Joel Hake, Zack Minney, Cameron Murray.

Juniors (7): Dominick Bucko, Dylan Carpenter, Colin Clark, Chad Coles, Dalton Earich, Lucas Nasonti, Jeff Wehler.

Sophomores (12): Matt Brosky, Steven D'Eusanio, Marco DeFalco, Phillip Glasser, Grant Kersh, Nick LaBrasca, Brandon Matthews, Padraig O'Shaughnessy, Travis Perry, John Ritter, Jon Snyder, Dylan Swarmer.

Freshmen (13): Nathan Ball, Blake Benyo, Jake Bowen, Dayln Brickner, Andre Good, Turner Grau, Josh Hoffman, Trey Law, Casey Marshalwitz, Kenny Misik, Braeden O'Shaughnessy, Brock Schuster, Bryce Warwick.