The Youngstown State softball team will play seven games in five days this week in a southern swing through South Carolina and Georiga. The Penguins visit Charleston, S.C. for doubleheaders against Charleston Southern and The College of Charleston, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
First pitch against the Buccaneers is set for 11 a.m. while the doubleheader against The College of Charleston is slated for 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Penguins also play a single-game at South Carolina State, Thursday, at Noon and will face Michigan State and Mercer on Friday at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively, at the Mercer Bears Classic. The Penguins close out the Classic on Saturday against Alabama A&M at 10 a.m. and Mercer at 2:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Penguins went 2-2 last week at the University Area Hampton Inn Classic hosted by UNC-Wilmington. Youngstown State defeated Norfolk State, 9-3, and 7-2, and lost twice to UNC-Wilmington, 8-7, and 6-1.
Dowd Makes History
With her grand slam against Norfolk State on March 8, sophomore Sarah Dowd became the first player in school history to record more than one career grand slam. It was also just the 12th grand slam in school history.
Mikovich Ties Hits Mark
Freshman Cali Mikovich tied the school's single-game hits record with four against Norfolk State on March 7. Mikovich hit a home run, a triple and had two singles to tie the school standard.
Castiglione Finding Ways On
Junior Miranda Castiglione has reached base in all 10 games this season. She has collected at least one hit in seven of 10 games and has walked at least once in each contest. On the year, Castiglione has 11 hits and 12 walks and owns an on-base percentage of .590.
Youngstown State has been taking advantage of its overall team speed so far this season. The Penguins are averaging 2.5 steals per game and have stolen 25 of 30 stolen-base attempts. Miranda Castiglione leads the team with eight steals and Sarah Dowd and Kayla Haslett each have four.
Though She May Be Little, She Be Fierce
Standing at 5-foot-1, saying freshman Cali Mikovich is diminutive in stature is generous. That does not mean she does not carry big stick. Mikovich leads the Penguins with a .433 average, 13 hits and three home runs. She is also slugging at a team-best .867 clip. Over her 13 hits, six have gone for extra bases - three home runs, a triple and two doubles.
The Penguins are slated to host Detroit, Friday, March 20, in the 2015 home and Horizon League opener at 3 p.m.