Softball 2015 Year-In-Review

Junior Miranda Castiglione (Photo: Ron Stevens)
Junior Miranda Castiglione (Photo: Ron Stevens)

The Youngstown State softball program recently concluded its 2015 season, and the Penguins put up some record breaking numbers on an individual and team basis.

Below is a list of team and individual highlights from the 2015 campaign:

  • The Penguins broke the school's single-season home run and stolen base records. The Penguins belted 40 home runs, which eclipsed the old mark of 39 set in 2008 and 2010. They also stole 76 bases, which broke the previous mark of 65 set in 1992.
  • The 240 runs scored and 210 runs batted in rank as the second most in school history while the Penguins' .288 team batting average is the fourth highest on the single-season list.
  • The Penguins collected 382 hits and that total ranks fourth on the single-season list.
  • Three players earned All-Horizon League postseason honors. Miranda Castiglione was named to the first-team for the second straight year while sophomore Sarah Dowd earned second-team honors for the second consecutive season. Freshman Cali Mikovich was named to the All-Freshman Team.
  • Castiglione, who batted .349 overall, set the YSU single-season steals record with 29 stolen bases, and she collected eight doubles, three triples, four home runs, 31 runs scored and 29 runs batted in.
  • Dowd tied the single-season home run record with 11 and became just the fifth player in school history to record at least 10 home runs in one year. She batted .329, led the team with 33 RBIs and scored 42 runs, which are tied for second on the single-season list. Dowd also batted .353 against Horizon League foes and belted seven of her home runs in league play.
  • Mikovich batted .308, led the team with 18 extra-base hits and four triples, and was second on the team with seven home runs and 30 runs batted in. In league play, Mikovich hit .339 with a pair of homers.
  • Castiglione and Mikovich each tied the single-game record with four hits in a contest. Castiglione went 4-for-4 against South Carolina State on March 12, while Mikovich tied the mark against Norfolk State on March 7.
  • For the first time in school history, two players hit a grand slam in the same season. Dowd became the first player in school history to hit more than one in a career when she belted her second grand slam against Norfolk State on March 8. Senior Kayla Haslett hit the 13th grand slam in school history against Wright State on April 5.
  • In total, seven players posted an overall batting average of .308 or higher. Along with Castiglione, Dowd and Mikovich, sophomore Alexandria Gibson batted .364 in 34 games with two home runs and 18 runs batted in; freshman Stevie Taylor batted .325 with five home runs in just 28 games before an injury; sophomore Brittney Moffatt batted .311 with a pair of home runs; and sophomore Maria Lacatena improved her average 105 points from her freshman year to .301 and had six home runs.
  • For the fourth straight year, the softball team earned the Horizon League's Community Outreach Award, an award presented to a program from each member institution.