The Youngstown State softball team returns to action this week when it hosts Niagara in a doubleheader, Wednesday, April 6, at the YSU Softball Field. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.
The Penguins (16-12) are coming off a split against Horizon League foe Oakland last week. The Penguins fell to the Golden Grizzlies, 2-0, and won 4-1. The Penguins also swept Robert Morris last week, 8-0, and 8-2.
Niagara enters the game with a 2-18 overall record and have lost 12 straight. Leading the Purple Eagles is Sarah March with a .344 batting average and three home runs.
The Penguins rank in the top two in the Horizon League in nine differnent offensive categories. Youngstown State leads the league in batting average (.299), slugging percentage (.458), runs (165), runs batted in (145), and home runs (23). The Penguins rank second in on-base percentage (.377), doubles (40), triples (6), and total bases (347). YSU is also third in hits with 226.
Pitching Staff Improving
Over the last seven games, the Youngstown State pitching staff has been impressive. The Penguins' staff owns a record of 6-1 with an earned-run average of 0.82. Opponents batted just .189 against the Penguins andn scored just four runs in 34 innings.
Devil or Geanangel
Freshman pitcher Paige Geanangel has been in a zone recently. Geanangel owns a 4-1 record with a 0.70 earned-run average in her last five decision, and has four complete games and two shutouts. She also had a consecutive scoreless innings streak of 25.2 fromMarch 26 to April 1. On the year, Geanangel is 7-6 and have won six of her last seven decisions.
Castiglione in Rare Company
Senior Miranda Castiglione is the only player in school history with at least 20 home runs, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. She has 22 home runs, 102 runs batted in and 117 runs scored during her career. She is just the third player in school history with at least 20 home runs and 100 RBIs. She ranks third in runs, tied for fourth in home runs and sixth in runs batted in. Castiglione also needs just 11 more hits to become the fifth player in school history with 200 hits in a career.
The Penguins host UIC in a three-game Horizon League series, April 8-9, at the YSU Softball Field. First pitch on Friday is slated for 3 p.m.