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There’s a subtlety in utility for the Youngstown State Penguin Baseball Team this year.  For instance, Sophomore Jeff Wehler played in 53 games in 2018- none as an outfielder.  In 2019, the utility specialist has the majority of his starts in left field and has a handful of web gems already under his belt.

The stellar sophomore’s standout play to this point this season is his two-run home run against Florida State in Game 3 of the series.

YSU Baseball Intrasquad Scrimmage – Sept. 22, 2017 at Eastwood Field


Wehler’s success is a direct reflection of the work he’s put in on and off the field.  Jeff led the team and ranked second in the Horizon League with 25 stolen bases his freshman campaign.  That total is the most ever by a YSU freshman.  Wehler also became the first Penguin since 1988 to reach at least 25 steals in a season which also rank as the fourth most in a single season in school history.   Only three freshmen in the country had more steals at the conclusion of the regular season

Youngstown State Baseball 2019 Photo Day – Dec. 7, 2018 (Photo by David Dermer)

YSN General Manager Steve Leslie caught up with the Super Utility Man for this week’s YSU Baseball Player Profile- THE KILLER WEHL.


Some people have the ability to take on high-pressure situations in life and maintain a slow heartbeat.

For example, taking on two of the nations top college baseball teams in back to back starts, and coming out relatively unscathed after 10.2 innings pitched, five strikeouts, and an ERA of 3.38?  That’s looking into the face of greatness and not blinking.  That is the Sophomore 6’3 Southpaw for YSU.  That is Colin Clark.

Youngstown State Baseball vs. Niagara at Eastwood Field – April 24, 2018 (Photo by Chris Kilroy)

Clark is a business major at YSU, and business has been good on the diamond.  Colin has gone 5.1 innings in both outings, and like all things, is only getting better with time.  Colin gave up three earned runs in the opening series versus Mississippi State, and followed that performance up in Tallahassee with a gem against the Seminoles of Florida State letting up only one earned run while striking out 4.

It’s no surprise to those who know him, though.  At Logan Elm High School, Clark was the recipient of three varsity letters and was a team captain for two of them.  Also before his time at YSU, Clark played in the Mizuno Senior All-Star Series and recorded a league-best 72 strikeouts his senior season.

Youngstown State baseball vs. Wright State at Nischwitz Stadium – May 24, 2018 (Photo by Erin Pence – Wright State University)

So, it’s no surprise that there’s a certain comfort the Guins have in giving the ball to the guy who continues to frustrate hitters and excite Penguin Nation.  When the giants are in the other dugout and there’s nowhere to turn, who are you gonna call?  YSN’s General Manager Steve Leslie had a chance to catch up with the answer to that question for this week’s YSU Baseball Player Profile: CALLIN’ CLARK.




When you wander with amazement inside the gates at Dick Howser Stadium on the campus of Florida State University, you realize one thing.  You’ve entered the house that Mike Martin built.

Martin, in his 40th and final season with the Seminoles, Martin is as focused as ever to make this season count.  In the recent series with Youngstown State Unversity, the Skipper collected the 1993rd victory of his career which continues to blaze the trail for the all-time winningest manager in College Baseball History.  In fact, there’s validation that hangs on the right-field fence in the form of enormous signage indicating that Florida State has not missed the NCAA tournament under Martin’s watch, as well as another sign that Martin has won AT LEAST 40 games each of his first 39 years with the program.

Unparalleled by any coach in history.

The other feature that makes Mike Martin a special human: his genuine joy for fellowship and people who love baseball.  We had the honor of meeting perhaps the greatest college baseball coach of all-time, and his hospitality was second to none, as well as everybody under the Martin-tree had the same approach.  Respect all, fear none.

YSN’s DJ Yokley and Steve Leslie caught up with Mike Martin on his turf, quite literally (Mike Martin Field) for a special edition Coach’s Corner with Florida State Coach Mike Martin on Your Sports Network.


The season opener has come and gone, and the YSU Penguins Baseball Squad held their ground in the battle against one of the nations top teams, Mississippi State.  Coach Bertolini and the boys led No. 9 Mississippi State heading into the bottom of the sixth but ultimately fell 14-3 in game one of a three-game series at Dudy Noble Field.

In his first game as a Penguin, senior first baseman Trevor Wiersma went 2-for-4 with a single and a two-run home run while driving in all three YSU runs. Web Charles doubled in the contest while Cameron Murray and Jeff Wehler each singled.

During the second game of the series, Junior- Blaze Glenn hit his first home run of the season.  Overall, the ‘Guins showed that they can and will stand toe-to-toe with any team in the country and that the offense is potentially one of the most dangerous in the conference with flashes of incredible defense and untouchable pitching.

All Photos Courtesy of YSU Athletics

As the Boys of Spring get ready for another test against a nationally ranked opponent, we caught up with Coach Bertolini to discuss takeaways from the first series, as well as what we can expect against and from Florida State.

Oh, you might also want to hang around for the last question, it’s a pretty powerful answer.

Episode two of Youngstown State Baseball Coach’s Corner with Dan Bertolini is LIVE! 



Youngstown State Baseball is back, and better than ever.

Coming off a tough 18-38 record in 2018, YSU Manager Dan Bertolini has 19 letter-winners and nine starters returning for this year’s campaign.  The Penguins will also return two all-league second team performers and three all-freshman team selections in 2019.

The ‘Guins are young, hungry, and opportunity is knocking on their front door.


In our first chat with the third-year Penguin Skipper, we discuss the foundation of this squad.  As well as the opportunities that this year’s team are presented with the early matchups against top-ten foes in Mississippi State and Florida State.  Coach Bertolini also dives into what legacy he’s trying to create from the top down, and we even get where “Coach Berto” would vacation if he had to pick anywhere in the world.

So, kick back, relax, and think warm thoughts.

Episode One of Youngstown State Baseball Coach’s Corner with Dan Bertolini is a click away!