YSU baseball picked fourth in Horizon


The Youngstown State baseball team was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League, and four Penguins were named Top Players to Watch in the conference by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in its 2019 preview.

Outfielder Blaze Glenn, relief pitcher Joel Hake, infielder Jeff Wehler and first baseman Trevor Wiersma were noted as Top Players to Watch.

Glenn led YSU with a .325 batting average, 64 hits, 43 RBIs, a .558 slugging percentage and a .445 on-base percentage. He tied for the team lead with 13 doubles while ranking second with 11 home runs, 34 runs scored, 110 total bases, 39 walks and 16 stolen bases.

Hake pitched in a team-high 26 games out of the bullpen a year ago, finishing with a 1-1 record and a career-low 4.36 ERA in 33 innings pitched. He struck out a career-best 35 batters while walking only 12 and recorded a team and career-best four saves.

Wehler led YSU and ranked second in the league with 25 stolen bases, the most ever by a YSU freshman, last season. He batted 282 with nine doubles, 17 RBIs and 15 steals against Horizon League opponents.

Wiersma, a graduate transfer from Division II Concord University in West Virginia, will be playing his first season with the Penguins in 2019. He played in 145 games and made 140 starts over three seasons with the Mountain Lions, batting at least .320 in each campaign and hitting eight home runs as both a sophomore and junior.

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