The Youngstown State softball team (29-26) earned the No. 2 seed in the 2017 Horizon League Championship and will play No. 3 Valparaiso on Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. EDT/5 CDT at Flames Field.
The Penguins earned the No. 2 seed after going 17-7 in Horizon League play, including winning their final 12 league games of the season. This is the second time Youngstown State has earned the No. 2 seed. The last time was in 2003.
Penguins in the Tourney
Since joining the Horizon League in 2001-02, the Penguins own a tournament record of 12-22. In 2013, the Penguins were the tournament runners-up with a 3-2 record. Youngstown State won the Horizon League Tournament when it hosted the event in 2006, winning four straight games.
Four Earn All-League Awards
Four Youngstown State players garnered All-Horizon League honors this season. Junior Hannah Lucas was named to the all-league first-team while senior Brittney Moffatt, junior Cali Mikovich and freshman Maddi Lusk were named to the all-league second-team. Lusk was also named Co-Freshman of the Year.
Campbell Nearing 200 Wins
With a win in the 2017 Horizon League Championship, Youngstown State Head Coach Brian Campbell notch his 200th win at YSU. He would become just the second coach in school history to record 200 wins at the school.
Lusk Named Co-Freshman of the Year
Maddi Lusk was named the Co-Freshman of the Year and became the second YSU player to earn Freshman of the Year since 2014. She leads the Horizon League in innings pitched (185.1) and ranks second with 15 wins and 133 strikeouts. Her earned-run average of 2.68 ranks fifth in the league. Lusk also batted .301 in league play with seven doubles and 11 RBIs.
Penguins On Fire
After starting the season 5-17 after 22 games, Youngstown State has gone 24-9 over the last 33 contests. During the span, the Penguins are batting .295 as a team and averaging 5.2 runs per game.
Lucas Having Best Season
Junior Hannah Lucas is having the best season of her career. Lucas, who picked up her first all-league award, leads the Penguins with an overall batting average of .338 and 20 stolen bases. In league play, Lucas ranked second with 32 hits, third with a .416 batting average 12 stolen bases and a .505 on-base percentage and tied for third with 22 runs scored.
Senior Brittney Moffatt has been a tough out during the Penguins' 12-game win streak in Horizon League play. In the last 12 games, Moffatt is batting .524 (22-for-42) with seven runs scored and 21 RBIs.