Softball Celebrates Seniors, Looks to Extend Win Streak Against Green Bay This Weekend

(l to r): Seniors Carey Smith, Alexis Roach, Stevie Taylor, Hannah Lucas, Cali Mikovich and Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio.
(l to r): Seniors Carey Smith, Alexis Roach, Stevie Taylor, Hannah Lucas, Cali Mikovich and Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio.

First Pitch
The Youngstown State softball team looks to extend its seven-game winning streak and celebrates its six seniors when the Penguins host Green Bay, April 27-28, at the Covelli Sports Complex. First pitch on Friday is slated for Noon, while Saturday's doubleheader is set to start at 2 p.m. The first 200 fans in attendance at Friday's contest will receive a YSU softball t-shirt, courtesy of U.S. Army, Pepsi, The Enclave and Eagle Wear. Youngstown State will honor its seniors prior to game one on Saturday.

The Seniors
Youngstown State will honor its seniors prior to game one on Saturday. Those seniors include Hannah Lucas, Cali Mikovich, Alexis Roach, Carey Smith, Stevie Taylor and Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio. This senior class has won 101 games currrently for an average of 25.3 wins per season.

About Green Bay
The Phoenix enter the weekend series with an overall mark of 9-31 and a 6-10 record in the Horizon League. Green Bay has dropped its last five league contests and 10 of its last 12 overall.  Leading the Phoenix is Chyanne Onstad with a .344 batting average, five home runs and 21 RBIs. Kayla Schwebke leads the pitching staff with an 8-12 record and a 3.58 earned-run average.

The Green Bay Series
Youngstown State and Green Bay have met 51 times previously and the Phoenix own a 30-21 advantage in the all-time series. The Penguins have won the last five games and six of the last seven contests.

Up Next
The Penguins close out the regular season with a three-game series at UIC, May 4-5, in Chicago, Ill.

Penguins Streakin'
The Penguins are playing with a hot hand winning their last seven games overall, their last seven in Horizon League play and 11 of their last 13 league contests. The school record for consecutive wins is 10 set in 2004. Youngstown State won nine straight in 2017 and 2003. Over the last seven games, the YSU pitching staff has been stellar going 7-0 with an earned-run average of 1.96. Elle Buffenbarger posted a 4-0 record with a 1.79 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched. Sophomore Maddi Lusk batted .526 in six games with six runs scored while Lexi Zappitelli batted .480 with four doubles and eight RBIs.

Yaz Sets Freshman Hits Record
With three hits during the Wright State series, freshman Yazmine Romero set the YSU freshman single-season hits record at 55. Romero has 55 hits through 42 games, which ranks second in the Horizon League. She broke the old record for hits by a freshman of 54 set by Tiffany Patteson in 2003. Only four other freshman have reached 50 hits in a season - Patteson, Haley Thomas (53, 2009), Rumph and Liz Holt (52, 2003). Romero also needs four more hits to move into the top 10 on the single-season hits list.

Buffenbarger Improving
Freshman Elle Buffenbarger has pitched really well as of late. Over her last six appearances, Buffenbarger has a record of 5-0 with a 1.49 earned-run average and 37 strikouts in 37.2 innings pitched. Overall, Buffenbarger leads the team and ranks fourth in the Horizon League with 91 strikeouts. She needs seven more strikeouts to move into 10th place on the YSU single-season strikeout list.

Mikovich Double Vision
With a pair of doubles against Wright State, senior Cali Mikovich moved into 10th on the YSU career doubles list with 34. Mikovich now ranks in the YSU career top 10 in eight different categories. She's tied for third with nine triples, fourth with a .574 slugging percentage, tied for fourth with 126 runs scored and 25 home runs, seventh with 183 hits and 108 RBIs, tied for ninth wht a .323 batting average and 10th in doubles.

Zappitelli Named HL Player of the Week
Junior outfielder Lexi Zappitelli was the Horizon League Player of the Week on Monday, earning the first weekly honor of her career. Zappitelli led the Penguins to a 3-0 record last week with a .636 batting average, a .583 on-base percentage and a 1.182 slugging percentage. She went 7-for-11 with two doubles, two triples, two runs scored and four RBIs. Zappitelli had a hit and RBI in each game and posted a pair of three-hit games. In a 7-4 win over Cleveland State, Zappitelli went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and tied a YSU single-game record with two doubles. Zappitelli went 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in the 6-3 win over Cleveland State.

Geanangel Tabbed Horizon League Pitcher of the Week
The Penguuins swept the league weekly awards when junior Paige Geanangel garnered her first career pitcher-of-the-week award. Geanangel went 1-0 with a save and posted an earned-run average of 0.81 last week in helping YSU to a sweep of Cleveland State. She tossed a four-hit, complete-game victory and struck out six while allowing just one earned run in a 5-2 win. In the series finale, Geanangel picked up the save by pitching 1.2 scoreless innings of relief to clinch the series sweep.

Campbell Notches Career Win 500
On April 10, Head Coach Brian Campbell earned the 500th win of his career when the Penguins defeated Northern Kentucky, 2-1. Earlier this season on March 10, Campbell become the winningest coach in YSU softball history by earning his 208th win at YSU and breaking the old mark of 207 set by Hall of Fame Coach Ed Strauss from 1985-95. Now in his 10th season at Youngstown State, Campbell has 223 victories at YSU and 508 overall.