Second 30-Win Season, Award Winners, On-Campus Field Highlight Softball Campaign

2014 YSU Softball
2014 YSU Softball

The Youngstown State softball team recently concluded one of the most successful campaigns in school history. The Penguins, who played its inaugural season at the on-campus YSU Softball Field, finished 30-24 overall and took home several Horizon League postseason awards to highlight the campaign.

The 30-win season is just the second time the Penguins have reached that milestone and is the second-most wins in program history. The Penguins won a school record 36 games in 2003. The Penguins went 11-8 in home games during their first year at the new on-campus facility.

In Horizon League play, the Penguins finished tied for third with an 11-8 record. The 11 wins are the third most since joining the league and mark the second time in three years the Penguins have won at least 10 league games.

During the season, Head Coach Brian Campbell reached two head coaching milestone. He won his 100th game at Youngstown State with a 6-5 win over UNC-Wilmington on March 11. He also won his 400th career game after a 5-3 victory over Dayton on April 21.

Over the last four seasons, the 2014 senior class also accumulated 100 wins, which are the second most over a four-year period. The Penguins won 106 games between 2003 and 2006.

Pitcher Casey Crozier turned in a record-breaking senior season in the circle. A Valparaiso, Indiana, native, Crozier was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year winning 19 games and setting the Youngstown State single-season strikeout record with 196. Her 19 victories were a career-best and rank second on the single-season list.

Crozier, a 2014 NFCA All-Midwest Region Second-Team selection, also became Youngstown State's all-time leader with 60 career wins, 565 career strikeouts and 674.1 career innings pitched.

Sophomore Miranda Castiglione turned in one of the best offensive season's in school history and was Horizon League Co-Player of the Year. Castiglione batted .395 with 70 hits, 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 33 runs batted in and set the YSU single-season record with 43 runs scored.

A 2014 NFCA All-Midwest Region Second-Team pick, Castiglione became just the third player to collected 70 hits in a season and the third to do so in the last three years. Her .395 overall batting average ranks seventh on the single-season list and her 10 home runs rank tied for third on the single-season list.

After just two seasons, Castiglione is tied for 11th on the Youngstown State career home runs list.

Freshman Sarah Dowd posted an impressive rookie campaign and was named the Horizon League's Freshman of the Year and All-Horizon League Second-Team.

Dowd batted .270 overall but blasted seven home runs with six doubles and 29 runs batted in. In league play, Dowd hit .288 with four homers and 11 RBIs. Her seven home runs are tied for the fourth most by a YSU freshman.

Courtney Ewing and Sarah Ingalls each capped their careers with impressive senior campaigns. Ewing and Ingalls were both named All-Horizon League Second-Team.

Ewing finished the season with a .319 batting average and owned a team-high 18-game hitting streak. Against Horizon League opponents, Ewing hit .368 and collected a hit in 36 of the last 41 games.

Ingalls hit .281 with a career-best seven home runs and 31 runs batted in. She finished her career with 15 home runs with ranks 10th all-time.

Senior Samantha Snodgrass earned Horizon League All-Tournament Team honors for the second-straight year after batting .500 with two home runs in the postseason. Her four home runs in 2014 lifted her career total to 16, which is tied for eighth all-time.