▷ Baseball Takes Winning Streak On The Road at UIC – Scam

Weekend Preview

  • The Youngstown State baseball team (22-17, 17-11 Horizon League) will take its five-game winning streak on the road for a four-game Horizon League series at UIC (18-15, 17-10 Horizon League) this weekend beginning on Friday at 5:05 p.m. ET. The Penguins and Flames will proceed to play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for seven innings while the remaining three games are scheduled for nine innings.
  • All four games this weekend will be broadcast live on ESPN3, and live audio will be available at YSNLive.com. Live stats for all four games this weekend will be available through links on YSUsports.com. Fans can also follow @YSUBaseball on Twitter for live updates.
  • Senior left-hander Colin Clark will start the series opener on Friday while senior southpaw Collin Floyd start game one on Saturday. Junior right-hander Jon Snyder will start game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, and freshman right-hander Nick Perez will take the ball for the series finale on Sunday.
  • Youngstown State has won five straight games and 17 of its last 23 contests after a four-game sweep of Oakland this past weekend at Eastwood Field. The Penguins earned a 4-3 walk-off victory in game one of a doubleheader on Friday before winning game two 12-6. YSU picked up another 4-3 walk-off win on Saturday before winning the series finale on Sunday 18-6.
  • With its 12-6 victory over Oakland in game two of a doubleheader on Friday, Youngstown State reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2010. With their 18-6 win in the series finale on Sunday, the Penguins set a new program record with their 17th Horizon League victory. The previous record of 16 Horizon League wins was set in 2006.
  • With its 4-0 win over Wright State in game one of a doubleheader on March 27, YSU put together its first five-game winning streak since 2007. The Penguins swept a three-game series against St. Bonaventure before winning the first two games of their series against Wright State at Eastwood Field.
  • With its current-five game winning streak, Youngstown State has put together two five-game winning streaks in the same season for the first time since 2005. The Penguins are also 13-2 at Eastwood Field this season. YSU has earned 13 home wins for the first time since 2008. The Penguins have won each of their last six contests at Eastwood Field.

Quick Notes

  • YSU has reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2010. The Penguins have set a new program record with 17 Horizon League wins.
  • Youngstown State leads the Horizon League and ranks 16th nationally with 60 stolen bases in 79 attempts. The Penguins have swiped at least two bases in 18 different games this season.
  • YSU leads the Horizon League in hits, runs scored, RBIs, triples and total bases while ranking second in batting average, doubles and slugging percentage.
  • Junior shortstop Phillip Glasser leads the Horizon League and ranks 12th nationally with 19 stolen bases, and he ranks third in the league with 43 hits. He also ranks in the top 10 in the league in runs scored, doubles, triples and walks.
  • Senior left-hander Collin Floyd became YSU’s all-time strikeout leader on April 2 with the 266th strikeout of his career. Aaron Swenson’s previous record of 265 had stood since 2010. Floyd’s 294 career strikeouts rank second among all active Division I players. He has recorded at least six strikeouts in nine of his 10 starts this season.
  • Floyd became YSU’s all-time leader in games started on April 9 with the 50th start of his career. He surpassed Blake Aquadro’s previous mark of 49 which had stood since 2013. Floyd’s 52 career starts rank second among all active Division I players.
  • Floyd leads the Horizon League with six wins, 79 strikeouts, a 2.04 ERA and 70.2 innings pitched. He also ranks second in the league with a .182 opponent batting average. Floyd’s 72 strikeouts also rank 14th nationally. In Horizon League play, Floyd leads the circuit with five wins, 57 strikeouts, a 1.07 ERA and a .152 opponent average. He ranks second in league play with 50.2 innings pitched.

Youngstown State at UIC

A Win on Friday Would…

  • Give YSU 18 wins in its last 24 games.
  • Allow the Penguins to win their sixth straight game.
  • Snap a nine-game losing streak at UIC.
  • Give YSU its first win in Chicago since 2016.
  • Improve YSU’s Horizon League record to 18-11.
  • Give YSU 23 wins for the first time since 2008.
  • Be the 305th in head coach Dan Bertolini’s career and his 75th at Youngstown State.

Scouting The Flames

  • UIC enters the weekend with an 18-15 overall record and a 17-10 mark in Horizon League play. The Flames have won seven straight games after a four-game sweep at Milwaukee this past weekend.
  • UIC was picked second in the Horizon League Baseball Preseason Poll. The Flames won the Horizon League Tournament championship in 2019. UIC was 29-23 overall and 18-11 in league play during the 2019 campaign. The Flames posted a 4-12 overall record during the shortened 2020 season.
  • Senior Thomas Smart leads the Horizon League with a .507 on-base percentage while ranking second with a .376 batting average and 44 hits. He also ranks in the top 10 in the league in runs scored, slugging percentage, triples and walks.
  • Senior right-hander Jacob Key leads the Horizon League with a .177 opponent batting average. He also ranks second in the league with 63.2 innings pitched and five wins. Key ranks third in the league with a 2.26 ERA.

Series History

  • Overall: UIC leads 62-28
  • Bertolini: 8-13 // Home: 24-22 // Away: 2-38
  • Current Win Streak: 2 by Youngstown State
  • Youngstown State and UIC met each season from 2004 to 2019 before the 2020 conference slate was wiped out due to COVID-19.
  • YSU won three of four games against the Flames earlier this season at Eastwood Field. The Penguins’ 2-1 victory in the series opener snapped a four-game losing streak to the Flames.
  • YSU has lost nine straight meetings in Chicago. The Penguins last win at UIC was a 1-0 victory on May 8, 2016.
  • First meeting: May 14, 2004 (W 11-8)

Recapping Oakland

Game 1 – Friday, April 23 // W 4-3 (8 innings)

  • Turner Grau drove home Phillip Glasser on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Youngstown State baseball team a 4-3 walk-off victory over Oakland in game one of a doubleheader on Friday at Eastwood Field.
  • With the game tied 3-3, Glasser reached on an error to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. After Dominick Bucko walked, both runners advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch. After Oakland’s Brandon Deans struck out Blaze Glenn, Grau reached on a fielder’s choice to first base that allowed Glasser to beat the throw at the plate to score the game-winning run.
  • The Penguins scored the final four runs of the contest after falling behind 3-0. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Grau hit a two-out, two-run home run to even the score at 3-3 and ultimately force extra innings in the seven-inning affair. Grau went 2-for-4 and drove in three of YSU’s four runs. Jeff Wehler, Glasser, Glenn, Padraig O’Shaughnessy and Nick Caruso also had hits for the Penguins.

Game 2 – Friday, April 23 // W 12-6 (7 innings)

  • Youngstown State used a six-run fifth inning to pull away for a 12-6 victory over Oakland in game two of a doubleheader on Friday at Eastwood Field.
  • The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning before the Golden Grizzlies tied the game with two runs of their own in the top of the second. YSU went back in front 3-2 with a run in the home half of the second before Oakland struck three times in the third to grab a 5-3 advantage. The Penguins evened the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the third before scoring six times in the fifth to move in front for good.
  • Bucko set a new career high with four hits in four at bats, and he drove in three runs. Wehler went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored while matching his career high with four RBIs. Glasser and D’Eusiano each had two hits while Glenn and Padraig O’Shaughnessy each drove in a pair of runs.
  • Chad Coles did not allow a hit and matched his career high with seven strikeouts over three scoreless innings of relief to earn his first victory of the season.

Game 3 – Saturday, April 24 // W 4-3

  • Dominick Bucko hit a game-tying RBI triple and scored the winning run on Blaze Glenn’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Youngstown State to a 4-3 victory over Oakland on Saturday at Eastwood Field.
  • After the Golden Grizzlies scored an unearned run in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 lead, the Penguins battled back and earned a walk-off win for the second straight day. After Phillip Glasser drew a leadoff walk to begin the ninth-inning rally, Bucko greeted Oakland reliever Hayden Nierman with an RBI triple to right center to tie the game at 3-3. Glenn then delivered an RBI single up the middle that allowed Bucko to score the game-winning run.

Game 4 – Sunday, April 25 // W 18-6

  • Youngstown State set a new program record for Horizon League wins and completed the four-game series sweep with an 18-6 victory over Oakland on Sunday at Eastwood Field.
  • Blaze Glenn went 3-for-6 with a three-run home run, two runs scored and five RBIs. Jeff Wehler went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.
  • YSU starter Nick Perez allowed four runs on six hits over five innings to earn his third victory of the season. Andrew Russell and Nathan Ball each worked a scoreless inning of relief. Matt Brosky allowed one unearned run in the eighth inning, and Dalton Earich was charged with one run in the ninth.

Notebook

Penguins Reach Milestone Win Totals

  • With its 12-6 victory over Oakland in game two of a doubleheader on Friday, Youngstown State reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2010. With their 18-6 win in the series finale on Sunday, the Penguins set a new program record with their 17th Horizon League victory. The previous record of 16 Horizon League wins was set in 2006.
  • Youngstown State is one victory away from tying the program record for league wins. The Penguins’ highest league win total came in 1995 when they went 18-4 in Mid-Continent Conference play. YSU has a chance to reach the 30-win plateau for just the second time in program history. The Penguins have not finished a season with a winning record since going 29-27 in 2005.
  • YSU took three of four games from Wright State and UIC in back-to-back weekends to earn series wins over the Raiders and Flames in the same season for the first time since 2006. Wright State and UIC were the two teams picked ahead of Youngstown State in the 2021 Horizon League Baseball Preseason Poll.
  • The Penguins are 13-2 at Eastwood Field, giving them 13 home wins for the first time since 2008. With a 6-3 win over Purdue Fort Wayne on March 5, the Penguins won their Horizon League opener for the first time since the 2013 season. YSU started 3-1 in league play for the first time since 2010. The Guins also started league play 2-0 for the first time since 2007.

Caruso Named Horizon League Batter of the Week

  • Senior catcher Nick Caruso was named Horizon League Batter of the Week on April 20 after batting .538 and slugging .846 with seven hits in 13 at bats over four games at Northern Kentucky. Caruso recorded a double, a home run, seven RBIs, 11 total bases, four runs scored and a .571 on-base percentage.
  • The Sterling Heights, Mich., native went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the series opener on April 16 before going 1-for-3 with a double in the first game of a doubleheader on April 17. Caruso then set new career highs with four hits and six RBIs in YSU’s 18-6 win in the series finale on April 18. He finished the game 4-for-4 with a three-run home run, three singles, six RBIs and three runs scored. Caruso became the first Penguin since Blaze Glenn in 2019 to record six RBIs in a game.
  • Caruso earned Batter-of-the-Week honors for the second time in his career, and he became the third Penguin to earn the distinction this season. Dominick Bucko was named Batter of the Week on April 6, and Turner Grau earned the award on March 2. The Penguins have now had a player earn weekly league recognition in seven of the first 10 weeks of the 2021 campaign. YSU’s seven weekly awards are the most in the league this season.

Bucko Earns Horizon League Batter of the Week Honors

  • Senior outfielder Dominick Bucko was named Horizon League Batter of the Week on April 6 after batting .615 and slugging 1.308 with eight hits including two home runs, a double and a triple in 13 at bats over four games against UIC at Eastwood Field. He also recorded eight RBIs, five runs scored, two walks, 17 total bases, a .667 on-base percentage and a stolen base.
  • Bucko delivered a game-tying RBI triple and scored the winning run in YSU’s 2-1 win over UIC in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. He also recorded a base hit in game two of Friday’s doubleheader. In game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, Bucko went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored to help lead YSU to a 15-10 victory. He followed that by going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and a career-high five RBIs in YSU’s 14-9 win in the series finale. The Saxonburg, Pa., native was a triple shy of the cycle in the series finale.
  • Bucko is batting .363 and slugging .593 with four home runs and a team-high 26 RBIs in Horizon League play. He ranks in the top 10 in the Horizon League in hits (37), RBIs (28), home runs (4), triples (3), walks (19) and runs scored (27).

Floyd Continues Dominance

  • Senior left-hander Collin Floyd has continued his dominance on the mound in 2021. Floyd leads the Horizon League with six wins, 79 strikeouts, a 2.04 ERA and 70.2 innings pitched. He also ranks second in the league with a .182 opponent batting average. Floyd’s 79 strikeouts rank 14th nationally and his five complete games rank second in the nation. In addition, his 0.86 WHIP leads the Horizon League and ranks 15th nationally.
  • In Horizon League play, Floyd leads the circuit with five wins, 1.07 ERA, 57 strikeouts and a .144 opponent batting average. He also ranks second in league play with 50.2 innings pitched. Floyd had earned five straight victories and tossed four consecutive complete games before a no-decision on Friday against Oakland. He has allowed four earned run over his last five starts. Floyd has tossed three shutouts in 2021.
  • Floyd threw a two-hit shutout to earn his fifth complete game win of the season in the Penguins’ 1-0 victory over Northern Kentucky in game one of a doubleheader on April 17. The only two hits that Floyd allowed came in the first inning, and the senior did not walk a batter while striking out seven. He sat down the side in order in four consecutive innings during a stretch where he retired 13 straight batters. Floyd faced the minimum in five of the seven innings he was on the mound. He recorded a strikeout in four different innings, and he had multiple punch outs in three different frames.
  • Floyd was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season on April 13. Floyd earned his fourth complete game win of the season in the Penguins’ 2-1 victory over Milwaukee in game one of a doubleheader on April 9. He allowed one run on five hits and matched his career high with 12 strikeouts over seven innings to earn his fifth victory of the season. The senior recorded a strikeout in six different innings, and he had multiple punch outs in five different frames. Floyd retired the Panthers in order in the first, fifth and seventh innings, and he struck out the side in the third. He did not allow a walk as he threw 75 of his 89 pitches for strikes.
  • Floyd allowed just one unearned run on three hits and struck out eight batters in an eight-inning complete game win against UIC on April 2. The Akron, Ohio, native recorded a strikeout in seven different innings, and he faced the minimum in three different frames as he earned his fourth win of the season.
  • Floyd was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season on March 30 after tossing his second complete game shutout of the season to lead YSU to a 4-0 win over Wright State in game one of a doubleheader on March 27. He scattered five hits and struck out nine batters over seven scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season. Floyd recorded a strikeout in each of the first five innings and in six different innings overall. He struck out the side in the top of the first inning and he retired the side in order in the fourth.
  • Floyd allowed two runs on five hits and struck out a career-high 12 batters over eight innings to earn the win in YSU’s 6-4 victory over St. Bonaventure in game one of a doubleheader on March 20. Floyd, who walked only one batter, recorded a strikeout in six different innings as he struck out the side in the first, fourth and fifth frames. He struck out seven straight batters at one point as he sat down 11 in a row overall.
  • Floyd was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on March 10 after tossing the first complete game shutout by a Penguin since 2012 in YSU’s 3-0 win over Purdue Fort Wayne on March 6. He scattered three singles and struck out eight batters without a walk over a career-high nine scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the season. The Akron, Ohio, native tossed YSU’s first complete game shutout since Blake Aquadro blanked UIC over nine innings in the second game of a doubleheader at Eastwood Field on April 29, 2012. Before that, the Penguins’ last nine-inning complete game shutout came in 2004.

Floyd Sets Program Records for Strikeouts, Starts

  • Senior left-hander Collin Floyd became YSU’s all-time strikeout leader on April 2 with his sixth strikeout of the game in the top of the sixth inning as he got UIC’s Thomas Smart to strike out looking on a 1-2 pitch. He recorded the 266th strikeout of his career, breaking Aaron Swenson’s previous record of 265, which had stood since 2010. Floyd’s 294 career strikeouts rank second among all active Division I players.
  • On April 9 at Milwaukee, Floyd became YSU’s all-time leader in games started with the 50th start of his career. The Akron, Ohio, native surpassed Blake Aquadro’s previous mark of 49, which had stood since 2013. Floyd’s 52 career starts rank second among all active Division I players. Floyd also ranks fourth in YSU history with 288 innings pitched. He has a chance to become just the third player in program history to reach 300 career innings.
  • With four strikeouts at College of Charleston on Feb. 22, 2020, Floyd became the eighth player in YSU history to record 200 career strikeouts. On the same day, he also became the ninth pitcher in school history to reach 40 career starts. Floyd became the first Penguin to reach 200 K’s since Phil Klein (2008-11) and the first to start 40 games since Jeremy Quinlan (2014-17).
  • Floyd, who missed the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery, was a Second-Team All-Horizon League pick as a junior in 2018. During that campaign, he set team and career highs with 69.1 innings pitched and 82 strikeouts in 12 starts on the mound.
  • Floyd’s 82 punch outs in 2018 ranked fourth in the Horizon League and tied for the seventh most in a season in school history. He became the first Penguin to record at least 80 strikeouts in a season since Klein had 105 in 2011.

Glenn Has Historic Day as Offense Explodes

  • Senior third baseman Blaze Glenn went 5-for-6 and tied school records with three doubles and five runs scored in YSU’s 22-6 victory over St. Bonaventure on March 21. He also walked once and drove in a pair of runs.
  • Glenn’s became the first Penguin since 2001 to score five runs in a game. The Toronto, Ohio, native also became the first Penguin since 2010 to double three times in a game. Glenn’s five hits were one shy of the school record as he became just the second Penguin since 2012 to record five hits in game; Dylan Swarmer also recorded five hits in a loss at Penn State on April 9, 2019.
  • Over three games against St. Bonaventure, Glenn batted .615 and slugged .923 with eight hits including four doubles, two RBIs and five runs scored in 13 at bats. He also recorded 12 total bases, two walks, a .667 on-base percentage and one stolen base in one attempt.
  • Glenn helped lead YSU to its best offensive performance in 11 years. The Penguins scored 22 runs and had at least 21 hits for the first time since they recorded 23 hits in a 22-8 win over Duquesne on April 7, 2010. YSU had 12 different players record a hit in the contest as the Penguins scored in each of their first seven at bats.
  • The Penguins’ 22 runs, 21 hits and 18 RBIs all represent single-game highs in the Horizon League in 2021. YSU’s 18 RBIs were its most since recording 21 against Duquesne on April 7, 2010.

Glasser Continues Growth

  • Junior Phillip Glasser has continued to grow into one of the top shortstops in the Horizon League in 2021. Glasser is batting .326 and ranks third in the Horizon League with 43 hits. He also ranks in the top 10 in the league in runs scored (32), doubles (8), triples (2) and walks (25). Glasser leads the league with five sacrifice flies and ranks third with four sacrifice bunts.
  • Glasser also leads the Horizon League and ranks 12th nationally with 19 stolen bases in 21 attempts. He has stolen a base in 15 different games this season. The junior collected a career-high three stolen bases in YSU’s 14-9 victory over UIC on April 3. He became the ninth player in school history to record at least three steals in a game, joining teammates Jeff Wehler, Blaze Glenn and Lucas Nasonti.
  • Glasser hit safely in 10 straight games from Feb. 21 to March 12, and he reached base safely in each of YSU’s first 13 games. The junior is batting .300 and slugging .478 in Horizon League play. Glasser also leads the Penguins with 15 multi-hit games and 25 walks.
  • Glasser was recently named the Brooks Wallace Award watch list. He is one of 100 players selected from across the country. The award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation.

Snyder Has Been Solid in 2021

  • Junior right-hander Jon Snyder currently ranks second in the Horizon League with 66 strikeouts. He also ranks fifth in the league with four wins and a .217 opponent batting average, sixth with 49.1 innings pitched and seventh with 3.65 ERA.
  • Snyder allowed one run on just two hits and struck out nine batters over six innings to earn his fourth win of the season in YSU’s 18-6 win at Northern Kentucky on April 18. The junior right-hander recorded at least one strikeout in each of the six innings he was on the mound, and he had multiple punch outs in each of the first three frames. Snyder sat down the side in order in the third and fourth innings during a stretch where he retired 10 straight batters.
  • Snyder earned his second win of the season in YSU’s 22-6 victory over St. Bonaventure on March 21. The junior scattered four hits and struck out six batters over five scoreless innings of work. He recorded a strikeout in each of the five innings he was on the mound.
  • Snyder struck out a career-high 12 batters and did not allow a hit over six scoreless innings in a no-decision in game one of a doubleheader on March 7 against Purdue Fort Wayne. Snyder’s 12 strikeouts were the most by a Penguin since Phil Klein fanned 13 batters against Toledo on March 20, 2011. Snyder’s 12 K’s were also the most by a Penguin in league play since Klein had 12 against Valparaiso on May 9, 2009.
  • Snyder was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 24 after pitching five strong innings to earn the win in YSU’s 4-2 victory over Troy on Feb. 21. He allowed just one run on three hits and had six strikeouts while walking only one batter over five solid innings in his first start of the season. The Springboro, Ohio, native recorded at least one strikeout in each of the first four innings, and he retired seven straight batters at one point.

Grau Ties Triples Record at Milwaukee

  • Sophomore outfielder Turner Grau matched his career high with three hits and tied the single-game school record with two triples at Milwaukee on April 11. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native became just the second Penguin since 1988 to triple two times in a game. He is the first Penguin to record two triples in a game since Drew Dickerson had a pair of three-baggers at Penn State on April 9, 2019. Grau also drove in a run and scored twice in the contest.
  • Grau was named Horizon League Batter of the Week on March 2 after batting .471 and slugging .647 with eight hits including a double and his first-career triple in 17 at bats over four games played at Nicholls and No. 11 LSU. He also recorded two runs scored, two RBIs, 11 total bases, a .471 on-base percentage and two stolen bases.
  • Grau set a new career high with three hits in five at bats at Nicholls on Feb. 26, and he also scored a run. He went 1-for-3 with a single at No. 11 LSU on Feb. 26 before collecting a double, an RBI and a stolen base against the Tigers on Feb. 27. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native finished the weekend by going 3-for-4 with an RBI triple, a run scored and a stolen base in YSU’s 7-4 win at Nicholls on Feb. 28.
  • Grau is batting .288 and slugging .500 with 11 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 26 RBIs in 2021. He leads the Horizon League with 11 doubles and four triples. Grau also ranks fourth in the league with 42 hits. He hit safely in seven straight games from April 3 to April 16. He has also hit safely in each of his last five games.

Caruso Having Career Year

  • Senior catcher Nick Caruso is having a career year with a .320 batting average, a .495 slugging percentage and 26 RBIs. The Sterling Heights, Mich., native ranks eighth in the Horizon League with 26 RBIs and two triples.
  • Caruso was named Horizon League Batter of the Week for the second time in his career on April 20 after batting .538 and slugging .846 with seven hits in 13 at bats over four games at Northern Kentucky. Caruso recorded a double, a home run, seven RBIs, 11 total bases, four runs scored and a .571 on-base percentage.
  • Caruso set new career highs with four hits and six RBIs in YSU’s 18-6 win in the series finale at NKU on April 18. He finished the game 4-for-4 with a three-run home run, three singles, six RBIs and three runs scored. Caruso became the first Penguin since Blaze Glenn in 2019 to record six RBIs in a game.
  • Caruso hit safely in seven straight games from March 12 to March 26 while reaching base in 12 consecutive contests. He matched his career high with three hits and had a career-high five RBIs in YSU’s 12-10 victory over Wright State on March 26. He went 3-for-5 with a three-run triple, five RBIs and a run scored.
  • Caruso went 2-for-4 with his first career home run, a run scored and three RBIs in YSU’s season opener at Troy on Feb. 19. He went 2-for-3 in each game of a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure on March 20. He doubled and scored a run in game one before notching a triple and two runs scored in game two. He is batting .333 and slugging .486 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and 22 RBIs in Horizon League play. Caruso is also batting .452 with runners in scoring position.

Aggressive Base Running Becoming a Staple

  • YSU was able to put pressure on opposing teams with aggressive base running once again in 2020. The Penguins set a new single-season school record with 113 stolen bases in 2019. The previous mark of 104 had stood since 1970. That is the only other time in school history YSU stole at least 100 bases in a campaign.
  • YSU led the Horizon League with 22 stolen bases in 28 attempts last season. The Penguins also paced the league and ranked 58th nationally with 1.57 steals per game.
  • YSU swiped at least two bases in seven different contests, and it had a season-high seven steals in a win at Pitt on March 4, 2020. It marked the sixth time in the last two seasons that the Penguins swiped at least five bases in a game.
  • At the end of the 2019 regular season, the Penguins ranked second in the Horizon League and 12th in the nation in stolen bases. YSU also ranked 11th nationally with 2.11 steals per game. The Guins were 113-for-139 in stolen base attempts for a success rate of .813, which ranks as the fourth-best single-season mark in school history.
  • After stealing 86 bases in 2018, the Penguins have recorded two of the four best single-season stolen base totals in school history over the last three years. YSU swiped at least 85 bags in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1997-98. Before 2018, the Penguins had not recorded at least 80 steals since 1998.
  • YSU’s nine steals on April 10, 2019, against Toledo tied the single-game school record, and they are the most the Penguins have ever recorded against a Division I opponent.
  • YSU leads the Horizon League and ranks 16th nationally with 60 stolen bases in 79 attempts in 2021. The Penguins have swiped at least two bases in 18 different games this season. YSU had five steals in game one of a doubleheader against UIC on April 3, and the Penguins recorded a season-high six steals in game two.

Wehler Continues to Wreak Havoc

  • Jeff Wehler was named Second-Team All-Horizon League as a left fielder in 2019 after being a second-team selection at shortstop as a freshman in 2018. In 2019, he led YSU with a .290 batting average and 54 hits while establishing himself as one of the best base stealers in program history with a team-high 30 stolen bases.
  • Wehler led the Horizon League and ranked 45th in the nation with eight stolen bases in 11 attempts in 2020. He also paced the league and ranked 35th nationally with 0.57 steals per game. Wehler currently ranks second in YSU history with 81 career steals. He is just the second player in school history and the first since 1971 to accumulate at least 80 steals.
  • Wehler has now led the Penguins in steals for three consecutive seasons. He swiped 30 bases in 2019, which tied for the second-most in a season in school history. He also set a YSU freshman record with 25 steals in 2018. Wehler is the first Penguin to lead the team in stolen bases for three straight seasons since Kendall Schlabach did so from 2002-04.
  • Wehler finished the 2019 regular season ranked second in the league and 16th in the nation with 30 steals. His 30 swipes tied for the second-most in a season in program history, and tied for the most by a YSU underclassmen. The single-season school record of 35 was set by Nick Gesacion in 1970. Gesacion also holds the YSU career record for steals with 97.
  • At the end of the 2019 regular season, Wehler was one of 22 players in the country with 30 or more stolen bases and only four underclassmen had more. The St. Marys, Pa., native finished the 2019 regular season ranked 15th nationally with 0.64 steals per game.
  • In a win at Wright State on March 30, 2019, Wehler became just the third player in YSU history, and the first since 1968, to steal at least four bases in a game. He recorded his second four-steal game in a win over Eastern Michigan on May 1, 2019, to become the first player in school history to steal at least four bases in a game multiple times.
  • Wehler stole three bases in YSU’s 7-5 win at Pitt on March 4, 2020. It marked the sixth time in his career that he stole at least three bases in a game. In 2019, he became the first player in school history to steal three or more bases in a game on more than two occasions.
  • Wehler ranks second in the Horizon League with 18 stolen bases in 23 attempts in 2021. Wehler, who leads the Horizon League with 48 hits, hit safely in 13 straight games from April 2 to April 23. He also ranks in the top 10 in the league in runs scored, slugging, RBIs, triples and home runs. In addition, Wehler leads the league with 149 at bats.

Hake Holds Career Appearances Record

  • With his seventh appearance of the 2020 season at Pitt on March 4, 2020, senior right-hander Joel Hake set the YSU career appearances record with the 86th of his career. He surpassed Ryan Sellman’s previous mark of 85 that had stood since 2008. Hake led the Penguins with 26 appearances and four saves as a junior in 2018. He also pitched in a team-leading 28 games as a freshman in 2016.
  • The Youngstown, Ohio, native was limited to just three appearances in 2019 because of a leg injury. He led the Penguins with 10 appearances in 14 games last season, and his 10 appearances led the Horizon League and ranked 14th nationally.
  • Hake has made a team-high 18 relief appearances this season to push his career total to 107. His 107 career appearances rank fifth among all active Division I players. Hake’s 18 appearances this season lead the Horizon League and rank 48th nationally.
  • Hake is one of only three players in school history to make at least 26 appearances in two different seasons. The other two are Sellman (2005-08) and Kevin McCulloh (2010-12). His 28 appearances in 2016 are tied for the sixth-most in a single season in YSU history. Hake has a chance to become the first player in school history to make at least 25 appearances in three different campaigns.

Glenn’s Place in the Record Books

  • Senior infielder Blaze Glenn has made an impact on the YSU record books since transferring from Sinclair Community College in 2018. He was named Second-Team All-Horizon League as a right fielder in 2018 before earning second-team honors as a third baseman in 2019.
  • On the YSU career charts, Glenn ranks second with 105 walks and tied for fourth with 23 home runs. With three walks at Northern Kentucky on April 16-18, Glenn became just the fourth player in school history to reach 100 career walks. He is first Penguin since Phil Lipari (2011-14) to accumulate 100 career walks.
  • Glenn also ranks eighth in school history with 40 career stolen bases. The Toronto, Ohio, native is the only player in YSU history to record at least 20 home runs, 80 walks and 35 stolen bases. He is also one of only two players in school history to hit at least nine home runs in two different seasons.
  • Glenn’s 39 walks in both 2018 and 2019 are tied for the third-most in a season in program history. Steve Mefferd (1998-2001) is the only other Penguin who has drawn at least 35 walks in two different campaigns. Glenn’s 11 home runs in 2018 are tied for the fourth-most in a season in school history. He needs seven more homers in 2021 to reach Andrew Kendrick’s career record of 30.
  • Glenn currently ranks in the top 10 in the Horizon League in runs scored (29), hits (39), walks (23), doubles (7) and triples (2). He is batting .300 and slugging .454 with three home runs, 22 RBIs, 23 walks and 59 total bases in 2021.

Up Next

Youngstown State will return home to host league newcomer Purdue Fort Wayne for a four-game Horizon League series at Eastwood Field on May 7-9. The Penguins and Mastodons will open the series with a single game on Friday, May 7, at 5 p.m. before playing a doubleheader on Saturday, May 8, at 1 p.m. The series will conclude with a single game on Sunday, May 9, at 1 p.m. Live audio will be available for all four games at YSNLive.com.

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