Penguins to Play at Nicholls, No. 11 LSU This Weekend

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

Weekend Preview

  • The Youngstown State baseball team (1-3) will play four games in Louisiana this weekend starting with a contest against Nicholls (1-2) at Ray E. Didier Field on Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Penguins will then travel to No. 11 LSU (2-1) on Friday night for a game at 8 p.m. before facing the Tigers again at Alex Box Stadium on Saturday at 3 p.m. YSU will conclude the weekend with another game at Nicholls on Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • Live audio will be available for all four games on YSNLive.com. The two contests at LSU will also be broadcast live on SEC Network+. The games at Nicholls will be streamed free of charge on YouTube. 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.
  • Freshman right-hander Nick Perez is scheduled to make his first career start at Nicholls on Friday. Senior left-hander Colin Clark is slated to start on Friday night at LSU while senior lefty Collin Floyd is set to start against the Tigers on Saturday. Junior right-hander Jon Snyder will take the ball at Nicholls on Sunday.
  • Youngstown State will be playing Nicholls and LSU for the first time in program history. The Penguins took the field for the first time in 346 days when they opened the 2021 season at Troy on Feb. 19. YSU dropped the first three games of the series before winning the finale by a final of 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.
  • Junior right-hander Jon Snyder was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on Wednesday after pitching five strong innings to earn the win in YSU's 4-2 victory over Troy on Sunday. The Springboro, Ohio, native allowed just one run on three hits and matched his career high with six strikeouts in his first start of the season.
  • Youngstown State was picked third in the 2021 Horizon League Baseball Preseason Poll. Wright State edged out UIC as the preseason favorite in a vote of the league's head coaches. The Penguins were also picked to finish third in the conference by D1Baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
  • Senior left-hander Colin Clark was named the Preseason Horizon League Pitcher of the Year by D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game. Clark led the Horizon League with 26 strikeouts and 26.2 innings pitched over four starts in 2020. He issued only three walks and opponents batted just .206 against him. He posted a 3.38 ERA, and he struck out at least seven batters in three of his four outings.
  • Clark, senior outfielder Dominick Bucko, senior right-hander Gary Clift Jr., junior infielder Steven D'Eusanio and senior left-hander Collin Floyd were named Top Players to Watch in the Horizon League by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in its 2021 preview edition.

Youngstown State vs. Nicholls, LSU

A Win at Nicholls on Friday Would...

  • Allow YSU to win its second straight game.
  • Be YSU's first victory over the Colonels.
  • Give the Penguins seven wins in their last 12 games dating back to last season.
  • Be the 284th in head coach Dan Bertolini's career and his 55th at Youngstown State.

Scouting The Colonels

  • Nicholls is off to a 1-2 start to the 2021 season after dropping two of three games against Eastern Illinois at Ray E. Didier Field last weekend. The Colonels earned an 11-4 win over the Panthers in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday before falling 4-3 in game two. Nicholls then lost 3-2 in 10 innings in the series finale on Sunday.
  • Freshman outfielder Wes Toups is batting .385 and slugging .692 with a home run and three RBIs.
  • Freshman right-hander Nico Saltaformaggio is 1-0 after earning the win in Nicholls' 11-4 win on Saturday over Eastern Illinois. He did not allow a hit and struck out four batters over 2.2 scoreless innings.
  • Nicholls posted a 10-8 record with a 9-6 mark at Ray E. Didier Field during the shortened 2020 season. The Colonels were picked ninth in the 2021 Southland Conference Preseason Poll.

Scouting the Tigers

  • LSU is off to a 2-1 start to the 2021 season after splitting a pair of games against Air Force last weekend and beating Louisiana Tech 16-7 on Monday. The Tigers are scheduled to play at UL-Lafayette on Wednesday night.
  • LSU was ranked No. 9 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. The Tigers are ranked No. 11 in this week's D1Baseball.com Top 25.
  • Through three games, Freshman infielder/outfielder Dylan Crews is batting .583 and slugging 1.083 with seven hits including a pair of home runs and three RBIs in 12 at bats. Sophomore infielder Zach Arnold is batting .400 and slugging .700 with a home run and four RBIs.
  • Junior right-hander Jaden Hill and senior right-hander Devin Fontenot each received Preseason All-America recognition from several publications. Fontenot was named Preseason First-Team All-SEC while junior outfielder/first baseman Cade Beloso was named Preseason Second-Team All-SEC.
  • LSU went 12-5 overall with an 11-2 mark at Alex Box Stadium in 2020. The Tigers were picked fourth in the Western Division in the 2021 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll.

Series History

  • YSU will be playing Nicholls and LSU for the first time in program history.

Recapping Troy

Game 1 - Friday, Feb. 19 // L 10-4

  • Youngstown State fell 10-4 to Troy on Friday night at Riddle-Pace Field in the 2021 season opener for both teams. The Penguins trailed 3-2 after two innings, but the Trojans outscored YSU 7-2 the rest of the way to pull away and secure their first victory of the season.
  • Troy outhit Youngstown State 14-6 as five different Penguins recorded a hit in the contest. Nick Caruso hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning, the first of his YSU career. Caruso went 2-for-4 with a team and career-high three RBIs. Steven D'Eusanio and Phillip Glasser each doubled while Braeden O'Shaughnessy and Lucas Nasonti each notched a single.
  • Troy starter Orlando Ortiz earned the victory after surrendering just two runs on three hits and fanning 11 batters over six innings. Relievers Dominick Miller, Matt Snell and Lance Johnson combined to allow two runs on three hits over the final three frames.
  • YSU starter Colin Clark suffered the loss after allowing eight runs on 11 hits and striking out four batters in 4.2 innings of work. Kenny Misik did not allow a hit and struck out a pair over 0.2 innings in his first collegiate appearance. Brandon Matthews was responsible for one run on two hits over 1.2 innings while Nathan Ball allowed one run on one hit in one inning on the mound.

Game 2 - Saturday, Feb. 20 // L 8-2

  • Youngstown State dropped game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Troy by a final of 8-2. The Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Turner Grau in the top of the second inning, but the Trojans scored eight times over their final six plate appearances to take a 2-0 series lead.
  • Troy outhit Youngstown State 11-8, and YSU left a total of 12 runners on base. Glasser and Jeff Wehler each had two hits to pace the Penguins offensively.
  • Grau got the scoring started by hitting his first-career home run to center field on a 1-1 pitch in the top of the second inning. After being held scoreless over the first two innings, the Trojans took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third when Drew Frederic delivered a three-run home run to right center field. Troy used the long ball again in the bottom of the fifth when Clay Stearns hit a solo shot to left field.
  • The Guins cut the Trojans' advantage to 4-2 in the top of the sixth when Braeden O'Shaughnessy's sacrifice fly plated Dominick Bucko. However, YSU would get no closer as Troy scored twice in the sixth and twice in the seventh to pull away.
  • YSU starter Collin Floyd took the loss after allowing six runs, five of them earned, on seven hits and striking out four over 5.2 innings. Joel Hake was responsible for one run on two hits over a third of an inning while Chad Coles surrendered a run on one hit and two walks in one inning of work. Andrew Russell worked a scoreless eighth inning in his first appearance as a Penguin.

Game 3 - Saturday, Feb. 20 // L 13-6

  • Blaze Glenn went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs as Youngstown State fell 13-6 to Troy in game two of Saturday's doubleheader at Riddle-Pace Field.
  • D'Eusanio also went yard in the contest, and he added a team-high three RBIs. Dylan Swarmer went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles while Wehler, Andre Good and Trey Law also had hits for the Penguins. Law went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored in his first collegiate action.
  • Troy's Logan Cerny went 5-for-5 with three home runs, two doubles, three runs scored and seven RBIs. Dalton Sinquefield and Easton Kirk also went deep for the Trojans in a game that featured a total of seven home runs. Sinquefield had three RBIs and scored three times while Kirk drove in a pair of runs.
  • YSU starter Travis Perry was saddled with the loss after allowing 10 runs on 12 hits and striking out three over 3.2 innings. Nick Perez was responsible for three runs, only one of them earned, on two hits over 4.1 innings in his first collegiate appearance.

Game 4 - Sunday, Feb. 21 // W 4-2

  • YSU scored three times in the first inning and got five strong innings from starter Jon Snyder to earn a 4-2 victory over Troy in the series finale on Sunday.
  • Snyder allowed just one run on three hits and matched his career high with six strikeouts while walking only one batter over five solid innings to earn the win in his first start of the season. He recorded at least one strikeout in each of the first four innings, and he retired seven straight batters at one point.
  • Four YSU relievers combined to limit the Trojans to one run on three hits over the final four frames. Gary Clift Jr. earned his first save of the season after working a scoreless ninth inning.
  • In his first appearance as a Penguin, Matt Brosky allowed one run on a solo homer over 1.1 innings. Hake surrendered one hit over 0.2 scoreless innings while Dalton Earich worked a scoreless eighth inning to set up Clift Jr.'s save opportunity.
  • Padraig O'Shaughnessy led the Penguins offensively, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Glasser also had a pair of hits while Good drove home two runs. D'Eusanio added an RBI single, and Glenn and Grau each had a base hit.
  • YSU pitchers held Troy to season lows of two runs and six hits as the Penguins outhit the Trojans 8-6.

Notebook

Snyder Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

  • Junior right-hander Jon Snyder was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on Wednesday after pitching five strong innings to earn the win in YSU's 4-2 victory over Troy in the series finale on Sunday.
  • Snyder allowed just one run on three hits and matched his career high with 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.
  • Snyder notched a pair of strikeouts in the second and fourth innings. He retired the Trojans in order in the second and third frames. He currently boasts a 1.80 ERA and opponents are batting just .167 against him. Snyder is slated to take the mound in the Penguins' contest at Nicholls on Sunday, Feb. 28.
  • YSU has now claimed six of the last 10 Horizon League weekly awards that have been handed out after earning five of eight weekly honors during the shortened 2020 season. No other team in the league earned more than one weekly honor last season. In addition, the Penguins have now won four of the last five Pitcher-of-the-Week awards after taking three of four in 2020.

O'Shaughnessy Off to Strong Start

  • Junior first baseman Padraig O'Shaughnessy batted .286 and slugged a team-best .714 with two hits including a home run in seven at bats over three games played at Troy on opening weekend. He also recorded two runs scored, three walks and an RBI.
  • O'Shaughnessy went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in YSU's 4-2 win over Trojans in the series finale on Sunday. He hit his first home run as a Penguin in the top of the third inning to push the Penguins' lead to 4-0.
  • O'Shaughnessy led YSU with a .417 batting average and a .563 on-base percentage during the shortened 2020 season. He recorded five hits including a double in 12 at bats over seven games and two starts last season.

Clark Named Preseason Horizon League Pitcher of the Year

  • Senior left-hander Colin Clark was named the Horizon League Preseason Pitcher of the Year by D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game after establishing himself as one of the top starters in the league in 2020. In four outings, Clark led the circuit with 26 strikeouts and 26.2 innings pitched as YSU's Friday starter.
  • Clark issued only three walks and opponents batted just .206 against him. He registered a 3.38 ERA and struck out at least seven batters in three of his four starts. He also pitched at least 5.1 innings in each of his outings.
  • Clark was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the first time on March 2, 2020, after cruising to a complete-game victory on Feb. 28, 2020, at Abilene Christian. Clark scattered five hits and struck out a career-high nine batters in his first career complete game as YSU earned a 4-2 victory. The performance marked YSU's first nine-inning complete game since 2017.

Penguins Picked to Finish Third in Horizon League

  • Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and D1Baseball.com each picked YSU to finish third in projected Horizon League standings. Both outlets tabbed Wright State as the preseason favorite.
  • The Penguins were also picked third in the 2021 Horizon League Baseball Preseason Poll. Wright State edged out UIC as the preseason favorite in a vote of the league's head coaches. The Raiders received all seven first-place votes.

Looking to Build On 2020

  • Youngstown State entered the 2021 season looking to build on the strides it made during the shortened 2020 campaign. The Penguins went 7-7 before the season ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Last season, the Penguins won three of their first four weekend series and a midweek contest at ACC member Pitt for their best start through 14 games since going 8-6 in 2010. YSU had the most wins and the best winning percentage in the Horizon League when the season came to an end.
  • YSU won two out of three games at preseason No. 35 Houston on opening weekend to begin the season 2-1 for the first time since 2001. The Penguins also began the season with a series win for the first time since sweeping a doubleheader with West Liberty State on March 7, 2000.
  • Houston was ranked No. 35 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's preseason rankings, giving YSU four wins over ranked opponents in Dan Bertolini's tenure as head coach. The Penguins finished the season ranked 22 spots ahead of the Cougars in the RPI.
  • The Penguins won seven road games in 2020 after having only two wins away from home in 2019. YSU won eight road contests in 2018 and 2017. The Penguins were on pace to win at least 10 road games for the first time since 2010.
  • YSU was ranked No. 36 in the NCAA's RPI rankings after its 7-5 win at ACC member Pitt last March. The Panthers were 10-1 and had won eight straight games before falling to the Penguins. YSU finished the 2020 season ranked No. 92 in the RPI after finishing the 2019 campaign ranked No. 278.
  • With a win at Pitt on March 4, 2020, the Penguins improved to 3-1 against the Panthers over the last two seasons. The win was also YSU's fourth over an ACC opponent since Dan Bertolini took over in 2017. The Penguins also beat No. 17 Georgia Tech 12-3 on Feb. 26, 2017, in what was Bertolini's first win as head coach.
  • YSU's win at Pitt was also its sixth over a Power Five opponent in the last five seasons. In addition to victories over Pitt and Georgia Tech, the Penguins also earned two wins over Missouri in March 2016.

Promising Pitching Staff

  • Youngstown State returns almost every player from a pitching staff that showed great promise and improvement during the shortened 2020 season.
  • The Penguins allowed only 6.04 hits per nine innings — good for 11th in the nation — and also led the Horizon League in ERA (4.58), WHIP (1.16), strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.79), wins (7), saves (3) and runners picked off (3). The staff's 1.16 WHIP ranked 37th nationally.
  • YSU's 4.58 ERA was more than a run better than the next closest team in the league, and it was more than three runs better the team's 7.66 ERA in 2019. The Penguins tied for the league lead with 109 strikeouts while allowing the fewest hits, runs and walks. YSU allowed 25 fewer runs and 36 fewer hits than any other team in the conference.
  • The Guins also paced the Horizon League with an opponent batting average of just .187; opponents posted an average of .308 in 2019. YSU pitchers allowed an average of five runs per game, which was a marked improvement from the 8.5 runs they surrendered in 2019.
  • Youngstown State's pitching staff also put together an impressive streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings that spanned three contests from Feb. 28 to March 4, 2020.

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.
  • The Penguins went 4-for-6 in stolen base attempts over four games at Troy on opening weekend. Phillip Glasser led the way with two steals in two attempts while Blaze Glenn and Braeden O'Shaughnessy each added one.

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 now ranks third in YSU history with 63 steals in his career. He is just the third player in school history and the first since 1971 to accumulate at least 60 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.
  • 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.

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. He allowed just one hit and had six strikeouts over 6.1 innings out of the bullpen. He posted a 1.42 ERA and earned the save in a win at Houston on Feb. 15, 2020.
  • Hake made two relief appearances at Troy on opening weekend to push his career total to 91. His 91 career appearances rank fifth among all active Division I players.
  • 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.

D'Eusanio Coming Off Breakout Year

  • First baseman Steven D'Eusanio is coming off a breakout sophomore season in 2020. He was named the Horizon League's "Breakout Player" by D1Baseball.com in the website's 2020 conference wrap.
  • D'Eusanio batted .291 while leading YSU with 16 hits, four home runs, 10 RBIs, 10 runs scored, 30 total bases and a .545 slugging percentage. He tied for the league lead in home runs while also ranking in the top five in runs scored, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage. In addition, his 16 hits tied for the sixth in the circuit.
  • The Willougby, Ohio, native had at least one hit in 10 of YSU's 14 games, and he had multiple hits five times. His .291 batting average tied for the team lead among regular starters.
  • D'Eusanio went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs in the Penguins' 6-3 extra-inning win over No. 35 Houston on Feb. 15, 2020. He hit a two-run inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning before hitting the go-ahead, three-run blast in the top of the 11th.
  • D'Eusanio batted .235 and slugged .471 with four hits including a double and a home run over four games at Troy on opening weekend. He recorded two runs scored, eight total bases and a team-high four RBIs while hitting safely in all four contests.

Glasser Continues Growth

  • Junior Phillip Glasser continued to grow into one of the top shortstops in the Horizon League as a sophomore in 2020. He batted .291, tied for the team lead with 16 hits and tied for second on the squad with 19 total bases.
  • Glasser's 16 hits tied for sixth in the Horizon League while his three stolen bases ranked tied for seventh. His .291 batting average tied for the team lead among regular starters.
  • The Tallmadge, Ohio, native was named Horizon League Batter of the Week for the first time on March 2, 2020, after batting .462 and slugging .692 with six hits including his first career home run and three RBIs in 13 at bats over three games at Abilene Christian.
  • Glasser reached base safely in each of YSU's first 13 games, and he paced the squad with six multi-hit performances in 2020. He batted .313 and slugged .438 with five hits including two doubles over four games at Troy on opening weekend. He also posted four walks, two runs scored, seven total bases and two stolen bases in two attempts. Glasser was the only Penguin to record two multi-hit games during the series.

Fabulous Return for Floyd

  • Senior left-hander Collin Floyd, who missed the entire 2019 season due to injury, was dominant on the mound for the Penguins in 2020. In four starts, Floyd was 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA. He registered 25 strikeouts to only five walks and opponents batted just .159 against him. He ranked second in the Horizon League in strikeouts and third with 23 innings pitched. He also tied for the league lead with his two victories.
  • Floyd was named the Horizon League's "Most Impressive Pitcher" by D1Baseball.com in the website's 2020 conference wrap. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out 14 batters in 12 innings over his final two outings of the season. He fanned at least six batters in three of his four starts.
  • Floyd was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 17, 2020, after putting forth a tremendous performance on Feb. 15, 2020, that helped the Penguins to a 6-3 win in 11 innings over No. 35 Houston. Floyd allowed just two runs on two solo homers and only three baserunners while striking out seven over seven innings in his first start since May 5, 2018. He retired 18 of the first 20 hitters he faced and 21 of 24 overall while sitting down the Cougars in order in four different frames.

Floyd Reaches 200 Strikeouts, 40 Starts

  • With four strikeouts at College of Charleston on Feb. 22, 2020, senior left-hander Collin Floyd became the eighth player in YSU history to record 200 career strikeouts. On the same day, he also became ninth pitcher in school history to reach 40 career starts.
  • The Akron, Ohio, native currently ranks sixth in YSU history with 219 strikeouts and tied for fifth with 43 games started. Floyd needs 47 more punch outs to break Aaron Swenson's record of 265 and seven more starts to surpass Blake Aquadro's mark of 49.
  • 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 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.
  • The Akron, Ohio, native made 13 starts in each of his first two years with the program, and fanned at least 50 batters in each of his first three seasons. In 2016, Floyd registered 58 strikeouts, which was the most by a YSU freshman since Justin Thomas struck out 80 batters in 2003.

Clift Jr. Anchors Back End of Bullpen

  • Senior right-hander Gary Clift Jr. quickly became one of the most valuable arms in the Horizon League and a major weapon at the back end of YSU's bullpen in 2020. He was named the Horizon League's "Best Senior" by D1Baseball.com in the website's 2020 conference wrap.
  • Clift Jr. went 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA, two saves and 10 strikeouts while allowing only three hits over 9.2 innings in six relief appearances. The senior, who had only thrown 13.1 career innings before last season due to injuries, surrendered only two hits and no runs over his final five outings.
  • Clift Jr. tied for the league lead with two wins and two saves while opponents batted just .094 against him. He earned the win in YSU's 6-3 victory at No. 35 Houston on Feb. 15 after recording career highs of 3.1 innings pitched and six strikeouts.
  • Clift Jr. earned a win and two saves over an impressive four-game stretch from March 4-8. He earned the victory in YSU's 7-5 triumph over Pitt on March 4 after tossing 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Clift Jr. then worked scoreless ninth innings on back-to-back days to earn a pair of saves and help secure YSU's series win at N.C. Central.
  • Clift Jr. earned his first save of 2021 and the third of his career after working a scoreless ninth inning in YSU's 4-2 win at Troy on Sunday.

Freshmen Made Immediate Impact in 2020

  • A number of true freshmen performed well for the Penguins during the 2020 season. Outfielder Andre Good played in 10 games, making eight starts as the designated hitter and ranking second on the team with two home runs and nine RBIs. He also ranked third on the squad with a .441 slugging percentage.
  • Good ranked tied for fourth in the Horizon League with two home runs and tied for sixth with nine RBIs. He led all league freshmen in both homers and RBIs. Good went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a walk, three runs scored and four RBIs in his first career game as part of YSU's 8-6 win in 10 innings at Houston on Feb. 16, 2020.
  • Good hit the first pitch of his first career at bat over the wall in right field in the top of the second inning. He also hit a solo home run in the top of ninth that tied the game at 6-6 to force extra innings. Good then came through clutch again, this time with a two-run single in the top of the 10th inning, that proved to be the game-winning hit.
  • Infielder Braeden O'Shaughnessy went 2-for-5 with a single, a home run and three RBIs in his collegiate debut at Houston on Feb. 16, 2020. He hit a clutch three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning as YSU came back from five runs down to win 8-6 in 10 innings. True freshmen drove in all eight of YSU's runs in the contest. O'Shaughnessy played in nine games and made six starts in the infield.
  • Outfielder Turner Grau played in all 14 games and made 13 starts in the outfield while batting in the leadoff spot six times. He delivered the go-ahead, two-run double in the top of fourth inning of YSU's 4-2 win at Abilene Christian on Feb. 28, 2020. Grau ranked third on the team with eight RBIs.

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 is tied for seventh with 21 home runs and 85 walks. He also ranks ninth in school history with 37 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 to hit nine more homers in 2021 to reach Andrew Kendrick's career record of 30.
  • Glenn batted .308 and slugged .615 over four games at Troy on opening weekend. He recorded four hits in 13 at bats including a double and a home run. He also posted three walks, two runs scored, eight total bases, one stolen base and a .500 on-base percentage.
  • Glenn went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk and two RBIs in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at Troy. He has reached base safely in each of YSU's first four games.

Schedule Notes

  • Youngstown State will play its first 16 games of the 2021 season on the road before its home opener at Eastwood Field against St. Bonaventure on March 19. The Penguins' Horizon League opener is slated for March 5 at league newcomer Purdue Fort Wayne.
  • YSU is scheduled to play 28 road games, 23 home games and 40 Horizon League contests as part of its 51-game slate. The Penguins are scheduled to play 11 straight games at Eastwood Field from March 19-April 3 before an eight-game road swing from April 9-18.
  • Youngstown State will play 12 of 16 contests on the road from April 9-May 2. The Penguins will then play 12 of their final 16 games at home including each of the final eight contests. YSU is currently slated to play games in seven different states.
  • The Penguins played Troy for the first time since 1997, and they will face LSU and Nicholls for the first time in program history.
  • YSU will welcome Purdue Fort Wayne to the Horizon League on March 5 in each team's league opener. The Penguins and Mastodons will meet for the first time since 2005.

Roster Composition

  • There are 38 players on YSU's roster in 2021, and 31 were with the program last year. That is a stark contrast from three seasons ago, when 23 of the team's 35 players were newcomers. The Guins also have an experienced group with 24 upperclassmen.
  • The roster consists of 12 seniors, 12 juniors, nine sophomores and five freshmen. There are 27 returning letterwinners and seven newcomers. The group of newcomers includes three true freshmen and four transfers.
  • Of YSU's 38 players, 34 are from Ohio or Pennsylvania. Nick Caruso (Sterling Heights, Mich.), Conner Johnson (Heber City, Utah), Eric Luebcke (Astoria, N.Y.) and Nick Perez (Bayside, N.Y.) are the only Penguins who do not hail from the Buckeye or Keystone states. In addition, 11 are from the Mahoning Valley and eight others are from Northeast Ohio.

Up Next

Youngstown State will begin Horizon League play at league newcomer Purdue Fort Wayne with a four-game series March 5-7. The Penguins and Mastodons will play one game on Friday at 3 p.m. ET, a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon and a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.