The Youngstown State softball team returns home to host in-state and Horizon League foe Cleveland State in a three-game series this weekend at the YSU Softball Field. The Penguins and Vikings will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and will play a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Penguins dropped an 8-7 decision to Wright State in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Stevie Taylor went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs while senior Kayla Haslett hit her first career grand slam. The Penguins used a six-run fifth inning to take a 7-3 lead, but gave up five unearned runs over the next two innings to suffer the setback.
About Cleveland State
Cleveland State enters the weekend with an overall record of 17-13 and a Horizon League mark of 2-4. Leading the Vikings is Cynthia Woodard with a .458 batting average, 14 home runs and 31 RBIs. Erica McNew is also hitting above .400 with a .447 average and has nine home runs and 31 runs batted in. Susan Knight leads the pitching staff with an 8-5 record and a 2.53 earned-run average. As a team, the Vikings are batting .311 with 42 home runs in just 30 games.
The Penguins host Akron in a non-league doubleheader, Tuesday, April 14, at 3 p.m. at the YSU Softball Field.
Castiglione Sets Steals Mark
Junior Miranda Castiglione set the Youngstown State single-season stolen base record against Wright State on April 4. Castiglione now has 17 stolen bases and broke the old record of 15 set by Haley Thomas in 2012.
Need For the Lead
The Penguins have done a solid job at hanging on to victories one they get past the fourth inning. Youngstown State owns an 11-1 record when leading or tied after four innings, 9-2 when leading or tied after five innings and 10-3 when leading or tied after six.
As a team, the Penguins are one of the top stolen base squads in the nation. With 55 stolen bases this year, the Penguins rank 13th nationally with 1.90 stolen bases per game. The 55 steals is also tied for second on the school's single-season list. The school record is 65 and the last time the Penguins stole at least 55 bases was in 2012.
Freshman Stevie Taylor has made a great adjustment to college ball. Overall, Taylor is batting .325 with seven doubles, a triple, five home runs and 17 runs batted in. She also leads the team with eight multi-hit games and is tied for the team lead with six mult-RBI games. In league play, Taylor leads the team with a .385 batting average with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs.
Haslett Is Grand
Senior Kayla Haslett became the 12th player in Youngstown State history to record a grand slam when she belted one against Wright State on April 5. It was also the program's 13th grand slam in school history. Earlier this year, sophomore Sarah Dowd became the only player in school history with two career grand slams.