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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: 2021 YSU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Fall)
« on: May 06, 2021, 06:21:55 PM »
I have heard that since we played a spring season with the short turnaround for fall, it was thought that 10 games in the fall would be enough wear and tear on the players. Not that I agree, but that is one thought I have heard.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Baseball
« on: May 02, 2021, 11:34:19 AM »
Yesterday's 2nd game was a disaster. I watched the final few innings. The 1st reliever in the 7th inning got through without giving up any runs, but they hit some rockets off him. Score still 7 to 1 in our favor.  All we need is 6 outs and we win. Next reliever in the 8th gets the 1st out, only 5 more outs and we win. No one on base. I think a walk, hit batter and a monster home run. Now 7 to 4. At this point I would think if we had a strong reliever, he would come in at this point. Gary Cliff I think is our top reliever who pitched an inning the day before. He is not brought in and the next reliever I think walks a batter and gives up 3 home runs and we are down 8 to 7! In our top of the 9th they bring in a reliever who pitched over 2 innings in the first game and he gets us out without us putting the ball in play. Three called 3rd strikes! What a disheartening loss. Not sure how they can come back today after this. I don't follow the team real closely, but I was surprised the last reliver was left in after surrendering the 1st homerun and we were still ahead.  The coach must have thought he gave us the best chance of the choices he had.  Today could be interesting.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Baseball
« on: May 01, 2021, 01:15:45 PM »
Coach Bertolini has done a great job at attracting, developing, and retaining baseball talent.  The results show great progress. A win yesterday, 1 - 0, vs UIC which is a traditional power in baseball. It is our first win in Chicago in over 5 years.  Also last I looked, we were the only league team to beat Wright State, 3 of 8 games this year. Some good pitching, defense and a bit of offense.  The lower end of our pitching staff needs improvement, but our top guys are very good at our level. Double header today in Chicago and the games are on line at ESPN3 or ESPN+. I have been to a few games at Eastwood this year and the attendance is up from prior years in my opinion. Some more home series in the coming weeks which should have better weather and hopefully better crowds. Baseball is sure improved with the new coach.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Other Sports
« on: April 28, 2021, 01:34:14 PM »
I agree with the previous post about soccer.  It has been weak for a long time with multiple coaches. I am sure we are not paying the coaches well and supplying much recruiting resources.  But other sports are doing much better at probably similar support.  And the facilities are great compared to baseball at 30 minutes from campus at a nice venue, but still 30 minutes from campus for games or practice. Not ideal. We need someone who will be effective in coaching and more importantly recruiting in soccer.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Other Sports
« on: April 26, 2021, 10:45:13 AM »
Not much on here about the minor sports at YSU, some of which are doing from respectable to very good.  I follow baseball, softball, track, bowling, and golf mostly.  In the past many time these sports were at the bottom of the standings year after year.  Now it seems only volleyball is on hard times.   Bowling just competed in the final four of D1 bowling. Softball is in first place and on the verge of hosting the league championship tournament. Baseball is in 3rd place and is the only team to beat first place Wright State, 3 times in 8 games against them.  Top 4 teams make the tournament. Track and field are perennial champs in that area with Brian Gorby doing an outstanding job for many years.  Women's golf is very competitive and Men's golf is respectable.  They are currently in the league tournament and the women's team is in 1st place. So overall I think the minor sports are competitive and not an embarra$$ment like many years in the past. Of all the bashing on this site of Ron Strollo and his management, I think he has done a great job in all sports given the limited recourses we have compared to the competition. In all cases our competition does not sponsor football at the FCS full scholarship level and in most cases are in markets much larger than ours and many more business that are successful and can donate to college sports teams and facilities. Think about raising money for an update of our basketball facilities in Youngstown compared to Cleveland, Detroit, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, or Chicago. That is what we are up against. We need to be good to accomplish what we have in that environment.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Season over
« on: April 18, 2021, 10:25:24 AM »
Really don't understand cancelling this last game.  Give those that don't play a chance to show they can or can not play at this level.  The real reason may be $ and not decided by DP.  Who knows. I would sure like to see the QBs that never played and others.  Yes it may be a big loss, but the season is over anyway. May never find our the real reason. DP last week keep talking negatively about the teams that quit the season and this week he joins them!

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: MSU game day
« on: April 10, 2021, 07:08:09 PM »
We can't just run the ball to number 8! Everyone knows what is coming and then in pa$$ing situations they know that also.  We either have no faith in the pa$$ game or the coordinator is very poor. We are so predicable. Probably need some O line help and qb who can throw the ball to keep the defense honest. We never seem to have an open receiver no matter what.  And the O line protection is much worse than our opposition O line pa$$ protection. Need major upgrades before fall. It was done at Missouri State since last year, maybe we can too.

Unfortunately we lost to Mckendra today.  Watched some of the matches and Mckendra is really good so we lost to the better team in my opinion.

I agree 100%.  I have watched some of the matches on the net and they are good bowlers.  I bowled for many years in top leagues in the area and these girls are better than the vast majority of men bowlers.  You can argue all day long on whether bowling or golf are sports or not, but having played baseball, football, basketball and bowling and golf, I sure know that bowling or golf take a whole lot of athletic ability to be as good as these girls are. They represent YSU and are doing very well.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: WIU Game
« on: April 06, 2021, 08:38:20 AM »
Another thought is that I think Western Illinois is in serious financial trouble. Their last 2 games being canceled are road game which in this conference can be very expensive.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: WIU Game
« on: April 06, 2021, 08:15:47 AM »
I just saw that Western Illinois has canceled the remainder of their football season due to a lack of players at some positions. And after they beat us!

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: WIU Game
« on: April 04, 2021, 05:17:02 PM »
Agree with most of the posts.  The announcers were sure lacking and high school might be too high for them.

Our O line was really exposed, but we didn't have anything to counter their run blitzing on every run down. I could predict run or pa$$ so I am sure Western did also and looked like they were in our huddle.  Our pa$$ blocking was not good so Wade didn't have any time and our receivers were covered. Most throws were short and Western knew it.  Not sure if Wade is enough of a pa$$er to get us out of this run blitzing they did.  I hope it is just poor play calls and a need of an O line improvement and receivers also so they are open. Hard to believe our coaches couldn't come up with something to counter their all out run blitzing.

And 2 special team touchdowns really were the difference with all the other weaknesses we had.  Western should have had 2 more TDs and a field goal or 2 more and it was still close.  Our 2nd half offence was terrible.  They knew our tendencies and brought the house to those tendencies. And they were right most of the time. Other games the other team didn't believe in a total gamble and we were able to survive.  Not last night.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: North Dakota game
« on: March 26, 2021, 10:18:00 AM »
The improvement over the last few games is unbelievable. This week will tell us for sure if what we think as improvement is real. I think it is. The coaches approach to the kids seems really good and shows how much can be done with positive coaching and fundamental teaching. These games are great for our development and evaluating our future needs. So I feel these games are very important to us. And hopefully a few good new freshman and transfers to fill our greatest needs.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: SDU Game day thread
« on: March 21, 2021, 03:17:36 PM »
Things look good for our future.  DP has a system that players want to play in and they are allowed to make a mistake and not get benched and or called out publicly. Number 8 is the real deal at running back.  His speed and stop and start and change direction allows him to be successful even when the blocking at the point of attack is not there. We need to find a few more like him at other positions that are game changers at the position. Recruiting during the off season will be crucial and our play so far should enhance our ability to get transfers to come in and raise our level of play. And our young a$$istants on the way up are a better fit for us than older a$$istants on the way down that we have had in the past, especially under Coach Wolford. Hopeful for our last 3 games, even this Saturday with North Dakota.

I understand the game Saturday is a game of the week for the conference and will not be carried on local TV. Will it be televised nationally or just available on ESPN+ or ESPN3?

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: SDSU Gameday thread
« on: March 13, 2021, 07:50:36 PM »
We had our chances! Had the lead and the ball with about 5 minutes left and couldn't get a first down. Then their qb fumbles and we have 3 guys there and kick it out of bounds. Then on a tipped ball could have had the interception. Any of those things and we get the win most likely. But it was a great performance by a group of players who were in many ways outmatched. Their O line and D line mostly dominated us physically.  Their qb had time; ours did not. They had big holes to run through and we had small seams at best. Our receivers had no separation and theirs at times had space. We played hard and smart for the most part. Coach is making progress while being undermanned. Future is bright if we can bring in some players for fall and get time for our qb to throw the ball. Hope we can get a few wins going into summer so the attitude can be very positive for progress and growth for the future. It should help recruiting also. There is hope!

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