Second-Straight 30-Win Season, Championship Appearance Highlight 2017 Softball Campaign

Horizon League All-Tournament Team selections Maddi Lusk, Maria Lacatena, Sarah Dowd and Cali Mikovich
Horizon League All-Tournament Team selections Maddi Lusk, Maria Lacatena, Sarah Dowd and Cali Mikovich

The Youngstown State softball team recently concluded the 2017 campaign with the program's fourth 30-win season and the second-most wins in school history with 31. It also marked the first time in program history that the Penguins won at least 30 games in consecutive seasons. YSU won 30 games in 2016.

Below is a list of team and individual accomplishments achieved in the 2017 season:

  • Youngstown State finished with an overall record of 31-28 and a 17-7 mark in the Horizon League. The 31 wins are the second-most in a single season. The school record is 36 set in 2003. The 17 wins set the school record for most victories in Horizon League play. After starting the season 5-17, the Penguins won 26 of their last 37 games.
  • The Penguins won nine consecutive games from March 21 through April 1, which tied for the second-longest streak in school history. It's also the longest streak since YSU won a school-record 10 straight games in 2004.
  • YSU's 17 wins in Horizon League play broke the record of 15 set by the team in 2016. The Penguins also won their final 12 Horizon League games.
  • The 17-7 Horizon League mark was good for the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Tournament. The Penguins also advanced to the Horizon League Championship game for the third time in school history.
  • Over the last four years, Youngstown State has won 109 games, won at least 30 games three times and averaged 27.3 wins per season.
  • Junior Hannah Lucas was named All-Horizon League First-Team after leading the team with a .339 batting average and 20 stolen bases. In league play, she batted .416, scored 22 runs and stole 12 bases. Her 20 stolen bases are the third most in a single season. Her 58 hits mark a career best and rank 10th on the single-season list.
  • Senior Brittney Moffatt garnered All-Horizon League Second-Team laurels after batting .350 in league play. She drove in 27 runs and had four doubles and three homers against league foes. She also led the team with 34 RBIs overall.
  • Junior Cali Mikovich, who earned All-Horizon League Second-Team honors, was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team. Mikovich batted .417 with two doubles, a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs in the postseason.
  • Senior Sarah Dowd, who was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team, ended her career as YSU's all-time home run leader with 37 and RBI leader with 130. She also ranks third all-time with 146 runs scored and sixth with 182 career hits.
  • Dowd is the only player in school history to record at least 30 home runs, 100 runs scored and 100 RBIs.
  • Senior Maria Lacatena was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team batting .545 with a double, home run and five RBIs in four games. Lacatena led the team and ranked third in the league with nine home runs and had 27 RBIs. She ended her career with 25 home runs, which is tied for fourth all-time, and 107 runs batted in, which is seventh all-time.
  • Freshman Maddi Lusk was named the Horizon League Co-Freshman of the Year, All-Horizon League Second-Team, All-Freshman Team and All-Tournament Team. Lusk led the Penguins with 17 wins and 143 strikeouts. Her 203.1 inning pitched set the YSU single-season record and broke the old record of 201 set by Be Cicero in 1999.
  • Lusk led the Horizon League in innings pitched and ranked second in wins and strikeouts. Her strikeouts rank fourth on the single-season list and her five shutouts are tied for seventh.  The 143 whiffs are the most by a freshman since Kelly Murphy's 179 in 2003.