YSU Baseball 2015 Season In Review

YSU celebrates a win at Eastwood Field over Oakland on May 3, 2015.
YSU celebrates a win at Eastwood Field over Oakland on May 3, 2015.

Team Highlights

  • YSU went 5-5 against teams that went to the NCAA Tournament — 3-3 vs. Wright State, 1-1 vs. Radford, 1-0 vs. Canisius and 0-1 vs. Ohio. Radford is the #2 seed in the Nashville Regional and was in the Top 25 at one point during the season.
  • The Penguins also had wins over four teams that were ranked in the top 100 of the RPI entering the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Penguins beat #17 Radford, #49 Wright State, #90 Indiana State and #100 Milwaukee.
  • YSU finished its home schedule by winning three straight weekend series – two against Oakland and one against tournament champion Wright State.
  • The Penguins played two games at Eastwood Field with more than 3,700 people in attendance – a school day game vs. Oakland a contest against Ohio State. It was the first time in program history that YSU hosted the Buckeyes. The Penguins hosted current Big Ten member Penn State at Pemberton Park in 1989, but that was three seasons before the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten.
  • The Penguins won at Akron for the first time in nine years and beat Kent State at least once for the third straight season. YSU was 4-4 in eight games played against teams from the Mid-American Conference.
  • YSU had its most regular-season victories since 2010, its lowest ERA since 2008 and its most saves since 2005. Opponents had their lowest batting average against YSU since 2005.
  • The Penguins stole 53 bases, the most in the last five years, and their 72.6 percent success rate was the best since 2001.

Individual Highlights

  • Josh North and Califano swept the Horizon League weekly awards on April 27 after YSU had a 3-1 record during the week against Bowling Green and Wright State. North earned a victory against both opponents and surrendered two earned runs in eight innings. Califano batted .529 and posted a 1.203 OPS over the week. He had multiple hits in three of the four games, including a four-hit contest against the Raiders.
  • Califano became the first YSU outfielder to be named First-Team All-Horizon League since Tom Clayton in 2010. Through the regular season, Califano tied for the Horizon League lead with 74 hits and was six points shy of winning the batting title with a .365 average. He hit safely in each of YSU’s final 24 Horizon League contests, helping him post a league-best .383 batting average in conference play. He will enter 2016 on a 19-game hitting streak.
  • Califano was also a standout on the basepaths. He ranked second in the conference with 19 stolen bases, which is the most by a Penguin since Kendall Schlabach and Kellen Dixon in 2001.
  • Jason Shirley capped an 11-inning win over Oakland with a walkoff single on May 1. The Penguins scored a run in the ninth to tie the score at 3-3, and they had to score twice in the 10th to keep the game going. The game was played in front of 3,718 fans as part of a school day field trip promotion.
  • North and Ryan Krokos finished their careers ranking tied-for-eighth in appearances with 73.
  • Anthony Konders saved five games, which tied for the sixth-most in school history.
  • Sophomore Alex Larivee set new career highs with a .325 batting average, four home runs and a .490 slugging percentage. Larivee also stole 10 bases, giving YSU two players with at least 10 steals for the first time since 2010.