Softball Gears Up For Four Games at UNC-Wilmington

Maria Lacatena (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Maria Lacatena (Photo by Ron Stevens)

The Youngstown State softball team returns to the diamond this weekend with four games at the University Area Hampton Inn Classic in Wilmington, N.C., March 7-8. Each day, the Penguins will face Norfolk State and UNC-Wilmington. 

On Saturday, the Penguins will face Norfolk State at 10:30 a.m. and take on the host Seahawks at 3:30 p.m.

The following day, Youngstown State and Norfolk State will square off at 10:30 a.m. and the Penguins and UNC-Wilmington will play at 1 p.m.

About the Penguins
The Penguins are led by freshman Cali Mikovich with a .375 batting average and a two home runs. Mikovich has a five-game hitting streak and has reached base in every game this season. Through six games, Mikovich is slugging .813 with a .500 on-base percentage for a 1.313 OPS.

Junior Miranda Castiglione, the 2014 Horizon League Co-Player of the Year, is off to a strong start with a .333 batting average with two doubles and a home run. Castiglione also three stolen bases.

Stop Thief
The Penguins have been taking advantage of their overall team speed this season. The Penguins have stolen 15-of-17 bases through six games. Miranda Castiglione, sophomore Sarah Dowd and senior Kayla Haslett each have three stolen bases. 

About UNCW
Now 7-4 on the season, the Seahawks won four of five games last weekend at the Seahawk Softball Spring Classic. They earned a pair of victories against North Carolina A&T along with wins over Western Carolina and Marist.

Junior pitcher/outfielder Darian Roberts is the Seahawks' leading hitter with a .421 average and ranks second on the team with six runs batted in.  Freshman Sarah Davis boasts a .394 batting average with a team-high 13 hits. Davisis 4-1 record in the circle with a 1.11 earned run average and 23 strikeouts. 

About Norfolk State
Norfolk State will be opening its season this weekend after having two tournaments canceled due to inclement weather. The Spartans posted a 20-24 record last year and return seven starters from last year. 

Up Next
The Penguins will head to the Palmetto State to take on Charleston Southern in a doubleheader, March 10, at 11 a.m. and the College of Charleston in a doubleheader, March 11, at 4 p.m.