Winners of five of its last six games, the Youngstown State softball team returns to action with five games this week against in-state foes Akron and Cleveland State.
The Guins visit the Zips for a doubheader, Tuesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. They host Cleveland State in three-game Horizon League series beginning with a doubleheader on Friday, March 30, at 3 p.m. and a single game on Saturday, March 31, at Noon at McCune Park.
Thomas Named Horizon League Player of the Week
For the second straight week and the fourth time in her career, senior Haley Thomas has been named the Horizon League Softball Player of the Week. Last week, Thomas led the Guins to a 4-1 week and batted .500 (10-for-20) with four doubles, a home run, six runs batted in and scored five times.
She also tied the YSU career runs record with 126 and tied two single-game marks with four hits and three doubles against Butler on March 24.
Junior Hana Somogyi turned in a great week in the circle for the Guins going 2-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average. She struck out 10 in 10 innings pitched highlighted by a seven strikeout performance in a 4-1 win over Butler on March 25. She also limited her opponents to a .154 batting average last week.
It's Always Sunny in Philly
Senior Kristen Philen got a jump start on the Horizon League season going 5-for-9 (.556 AVG) in the first weekend. She also laced a double and scored four times.
Thomas Ties Runs Mark
Senior Haley Thomas belted a solo home run against Butler on March 25 and scored the 126th run of her career which ties the YSU all-time runs record set by Associate Head Coach Tiffany Patteson between (2003-06).
Junior Vicky Rumph came through in the clutch on two occasions for the Guins in their 6-5 10-inning victory over Butler on March 24. Rumph ripped a game-tying two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a one-time four-run deficit. Then collected the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th.
Ingalls Reaches Century Mark
Senior Jordan Ingalls drove in two runs in the Butler series making her just the fourth player in school history to drive in at least 100 runs in a career. She currently ranks fourth all-time with 101 and needs three more to move into third place, 13 more for second and 19 more to break the record of 119 set by McKenzie Bedra (2005-08).
Haslett Gusty in 10-Inning Win
Freshman Kayla Haslett showed some grit in a 10-inning 6-5 win over Butler on March 24. Hashlett scattered just nine hits and struck out two in the complete-game win. Trailing by as many as four, 5-1, Haslett allowed just two hits and three base runners over the final six innings.
Ingalls, Thomas Tied for Second All-Time
Currently, seniors Jordan Ingalls and Haley Thomas are tied for second with career batting averages of .354. The career batting average record is .359 by Barb Nick from 1980-83.
Senior Haley Thomas is also climbing the all-time hits and home run charts. Thomas currently ranks third all-time with 191 hits and needs nine more to become the third player in school history to post at least 200 hits in a career. She also has 18 career home runs which ranks tied for third all-time.