After some unseasonal spring weather over the weekend forced a change of venue, the Youngstown State softball team takes on Cleveland State in a Horizon League doubleheader today starting at 3 p.m. at the YSU Softball Complex. Although the games are played at YSU, Cleveland State will be the home team.
The Penguins enter today with an overall record of 14-10 and 1-1 in the Horizon League, and have won three of the last five games. The Penguins are coming off a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh on March 27.
Sophomore Jordan Macey went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three runs batted in against the Panthers. Senior Casey Crozier picked up her eight win of the season by pitching four scoreless innings. Freshman Sarah Dowd also had two hits for the Penguins and junior Kayla Haslett earned her first save of the year.
Head Coach Brian Campbell, who owns a career record of 391-289-2, is just nine win shy of reaching 400 for his career.
Crozier, who is YSU's all-time career leader in wins and strikeouts, has 49 victories and needs just one more to become the first YSU player to reach 50 career wins. She also has 454 career strikeouts.
Senior Courtney Ewing ranks second on the team with a .333 batting average, but owns a team-best 12-game hitting streak. Over that time, Ewing is batting .436 (17-for-39) with four RBIs and three runs scored.
The Penguins have enjoyed playing at their new home and have posted a 3-2 home record after five games. As a team, the Penguins are batting .348 with 30 runs scored. Courtney Ewing owns a .474 batting average while sophomore Katie Smallcomb is batting .400 at home.
Cleveland State enters today's doubleheader with a 12-10 overall record and today's contests are the Vikings' Horizon Leauge opening game. Cynthia Woodard leads the Vikings with a .431 batting average, five home runs and 17 RBIs. Susan Knight leads the pitching staff with a 5-8 record and a 2.81 earne-run average.
The Penguins visit Robert Morris, Wednesday, April 2, for a doubleheader at 3 p.m. in Moon Township, Pa.