Louisville, Kentucky -- Youngstown State senior Casey Crozier and sophomore Miranda Castiglione were named All-Midwest Region Second-Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday (May 15).
Castiglione and Crozier, who led the Penguins to 30 wins in 2014, are among 392 players from 158 different programs that have been chosen to the 2014 NFCA Division I All-Region squads. The pair become the sixth and seventh Youngstown State players to earn all-region laurels.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association's 10 regions with first, second and third teams selected for each region. The all-region teams were voted on by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2014 NFCA Division I All-American teams.
Crozier, the 2014 Horizon League Pitcher of the Year and an All-Horizon League First-Team selection, is just the second Youngstown State pitcher to receive all-region recognition and the first since Kelly Murphy was name to the second-team in 2003.
Crozier, a 2013 All-Horizon League Second-Team selection, led the Horizon League in wins (19), strikeouts (196), innings pitched (191.0) and games started (31).
A native of Valparaiso, Indiana, Crozier set the Youngstown State career and single-season strikeout records with 565 and 196, respectively. Her 19 victories are the second-most in a single-season. She is the first Youngtown State player to earn pitcher-of-the-year accolades since Murphy in 2003.
Castilgione, the 2014 Horizon League Co-Player of the Year and an All-Horizon League First-Team selection, finished with a team-high .395 batting average, 70 hits, 43 runs scored and 112 total bases.
She is the second Youngstown State player in three years to be earn player-of-the-year honors and the third YSU player to win the award. Haley Thomas was named the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2012 and Amanda Berry won the award in 2003.
Castiglione set the Youngstown State single-season record for run with 43 and her 70 hits rank tied for second on the YSU single-season chart.
Youngstown State NFCA All-Region Honorees:
Miranda Castiglione, 1B (Second-Team)
Casey Crozier, P (Second-Team)
Haley Thomas, OF (Second-Team)
Kristen McDonnell, C (Second-Team)
Lacey Reichert, 3B (Second-Team)
Amanda Berry, 1B (Second-Team)
Kelly Murphy, P (Second-Team)