Indianapolis, Indiana -- For the second time this season, Youngstown State senior Casey Crozier and sophomore Miranda Castiglione have swept the Horizon League Softball Weekly Awards for the week of April 28-May 4, the league announced on Monday (May 5).
Crozier was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week while Castiglione was named the Horizon League Player of the Week. It marks the third weekly award for this season for Crozier and the second for Castiglione. The pair also swept the awards for the week of Feb. 17-23.
The Penguins completed the regular season with a three-game series sweep against Detroit over the weekend. In the double-header Saturday, the Penguins won the first game 8-2 and the nightcap 4-2. On Sunday, Youngstown State defeated the Titans 8-0 in five innings to go 11-8 in conference play and post an overall 29-22 record going into post-season action. The Penguins are the No. 4 seed of the Horizon League Softball Championship and are last year's runner-up.
Castiglione had a record-breaking series against the Titans to help Youngstown State garner three more conference victories. The sophomore went 6-for-11 during the three games to tally a .545 batting average and .545 on-base percentage. On Saturday, she recorded two RBIs and hit a home run in her 2-for-4 performance in the first game and went 1-for-3 in the second. In the series finale, Castiglione set the Youngstown State single-game record with seven RBIs and tied the single-game home run record with three. Throughout the series, she also posted a slugging percentage of 1.636 and scored four runs.
Castiglione leads the Horizon League with a .407 batting average, 68 hits, 43 runs scored and 109 total bases. She also ranks second with a .653 slugging percentage, a .457 on-base percentage, is tied for second with 10 home runs and ranks fourth with 33 runs batted in.
Crozier went 2-0 with a save during the weekend series against the Titans. In her 13 innings pitched, she posted an earned-run average of 1.62 while holding hitters to a .234 batting-against average. The senior collected 11 strikeouts to break the YSU single-season strikeout record, and currently has 186 this year to lead the Horizon League. Crozier leads the League in wins as well after picking up her 17th and 18th this season against the Titans.
The Penguins enters post-season play as the No. 4 seed in the Horizon League Softball Championship and take on No. 5 seed Cleveland State in the second game of the tournament starting at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Championship begins Wednesday, May 7, at the WSU Softball Field on the campus of Wright State.