The Youngstown State softball team (24-18, 10-6 Horizon League)begins the final week of the regular season with a mid-week, three-game series against Horizon League foe Detroit, May 3-4, at Buysse in Detroit, Mich.
First pitch for Tuesday's doubleheader is set for 2 p.m. and Wednesday single game is slated for a Noon start.
The Titans enter the series with an overall record of 17-36 and a 7-14 mark in the Horizon League. The Titans are coming off three straight losses to league member Cleveland State last weekend. Leading Detroit is Jordan Manno wiht a .312 batting average. Ashley Mauser leads the Titans' pitching staff with a 6-12 record. Alexis Robison-Kohrs has a team-high 65 strikeouts.
The Penguins close out the 2016 regular season with a three-game series against Northern Kentucky, May 5-6, at the YSU Softball Field.
Last Time Out
The Penguins are coming off a doubleheader split against Kent State last week. The Penguins won game on, 7-6, but dropped the nightcap, 3-2.
Campbell Nearing Coaching Milestones
Youngstown State Head Coach Brian Campbell has 449 career victories and 164 at Youngstown State. He needs one more to move into second place on the YSU coaching wins list and one more to reach 450 for his career. Campbell currently ranks tied for second at YSU in victories.
Castiglione Sets Single-Season Runs Record
Senior Miranda Castiglione has etched her name atop another record at Youngstown. Castiglione broke her own single-season runs record of 43 set in 2014 and now has 45 this season.
With at least eight games remaining, the Penguins are on pace to breaking or tying several offensive records. Their 252 runs and 226 RBIs rank second on the single-season charts while their 66 doubles ranktied for third and 37 home runs rank fourth.
Over the last 14 games, junior Brittney Moffatt has been the Penguins' most consistent hitter. Moffatt, who was named the Horizon League Player of the Week last week, is batting .449 (22-for-49) with seven doubles, three home runs, nine runs scored and 16 runs batted in.
Ain't It Grand
The Penguins have 37 home runs this season and six have been the grand slam variety. Last week, Miranda Castiglione became the fifth player this season to hit a grand slam. Other to hit a bases-load home runs were Sarah Dowd, Maria Lacatena, Cali Mikovich and Katie Smallcomb. Mikovich, who has two this season, is also the only player in school history with two grand slams in a season.
Castiglione in Class By Herself
Senior Miranda Castiglione has made a name for herself in the annals of Youngstown State softball. She is the only player in school history with at least 200 hits (207), 25 home runs (26), 100 runs scored (138), 100 RBIs (119) and 50 stolen bases (62). Castiglione is YSU's all-time steals leader and ranks second in runs scored and home runs, tied for second in runs batted in, and fifth in hits.
Minney Nearing Top 5 In K's
Junior Caitlyn Minney leads the Penguins with 80 strikeouts this season. For her career she has 218 and ranks sixth all-time. She also needs just four more to move into fifth place on the YSU career strikeout list. Minney also needs 82 more to become just the fifth pitcher in school history with at least 300 career strikeouts.