Softball Hosts Detroit in Horizon League, Home-Opening Series

Katie Smallcomb (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Katie Smallcomb (Photo by Ron Stevens)

After playing 19 games on the road to start the season, the Youngstown State softball team begins a 10-game homestand when it hosts Detroit in a Horizon League and home-opening three game series, March 20-21, at the YSU Softball. First pitch for Friday's single game is slated for 3 p.m. while Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

Last Time Out
The Penguins (7-12) went 3-6 during its Spring Break trip through North and South Carolina and Georgia. YSU picked up wins against the College of Charleston, South Carolina State and Alabama A&M.

About Detroit
The Titans enter the three-game series with an overall record of 1-17 with their lone win coming against Southern on Feb. 28. Leading the Titans is Vanessa Garcia with a .313 batting average. Kayla Kostich owns a batting average of .289 with a pair of home runs and has hit safely in the last six games.

The Detroit Series
The Penguins and Titans have played 35 times previously and the Penguins own 22-12-1 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the Penguins swept the season series from the Titans, and they have won five of the last six meetings.

Castiglione Climbing Charts
Junior Miranda Castiglione is climbing several career and single-season record lists. In less than three full seasons, Castiglione already ranks tied for third with 27 career stolen bases and needs three more to move into second place. Castiglione, who has 12 stolen bases this season, is four steals shy of breaking the single-season mark.  

Going Back to Cali
Freshman Cali Mikovich is off to a tremendous start for the Penguins. Mikovich is batting .323 with a team best 20 hits, five home runs and 16 RBIs. Mikovich, who has tied the school single-game record with four hits against Norfolk State on March 7, belted a walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh to beat Alabama A&M on Marcy 14.

Run, Baby, Run
The Penguins have been taking advantage of their overall team speed this season. In 19 games, the Penguins have stolen 38 bases for ann average of two stolen bases per game. The Penguins have also been successful 38 out of 44 times or 86.4 percent of the time this season. Miranda Castiglione leads the team with 12 stolen bases while sophomore Sarah Dowd has seven and senior Kayla Haslett has six. 

Taylor Steppin Up
Freshman Stevie Taylor turned in solid nine-game performance last week. Taylor, who is second on the team with a .327 batting average, batted .400 last week going 10-for-25 with four runs scored three doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs.

Up Next
The Penguins host Kent State in a doubleheader, Wednesday, March 25. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at the YSU Softball Field.