First Pitch The Youngstown State softball team (16-25) earned the No. 6 seed in the 2013 Horizon League Championship, which will be held May 8-11 at UIC in Chicago, Ill. The Penguins take on No. 3 Valparaiso, Wednesday, May 8, at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) in the tournament’s second game.
The winner will face second-seeded Loyola, Thursday, May 9, at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) while the loser will play Thursday at 5 p.m. (EDT). Youngstown State owns a Horizon League Tournament record of 8-16 since joining the league in 2002.
The Guins, who had a seven-game tournament losing streak snapped last season, went 1-2 in the 2012 tournament. The last time Youngstown State won a tournament title was in 2006 when it won the tournament crown with four straight victories. The Guins picked up two tournament wins in 2003 and one in 2002.
Versus Valparaiso The Penguins and Crusaders will be playing for the fourth straight time when they square off in the tournament. The teams closed out the regular season with a three-game series at Valparaiso, May 4-5. The Crusaders won the first two games, 3-0, and 6-5 in 14 innings. Junior Casey Crozier, who pitched 13.2 innings in the 6-5 loss, picked up her 13th victory of the season in a 3-2 11-inning victory over the Crusaders on May 5. The win clinched a berth for the Penguins in the 2013 tournament.
Three Named All-Horizon League Second Team Senior Vicky Rumph and juniors Casey Crozier and Samantha Snodgrass were named to the All-Horizon League Second-Team in a vote of the league’s head coaches, the league announced on Tuesday (May 7).
Snodgrass led the team with a .375 batting average with 10 doubles, three home runs, 20 RBIs and a .523 slugging percentage.
Crozier, who had an 8-5 record against league foes, earned all but three of the Penguins victories this season and struck out 120 batters.
Rumph, a 2012 All-Horizon League Second-Team selection, batted .306 wiht seven doubles and team-highs six home runs and 32 runs batted in. She also became the Penguins career RBI leader with 120.
Snodgrass Put Up First-Team Numbers Junior Samantha Snodgrass turned in a first-team caliber season for the Penguins in 2013. The junior third baseman ranked fifth in the league in batting average (.375) and on-base percentage (.468) and seventh in the league in slugging percentage (.523). Snodgarss also ranked tied for sixth with 10 doubles. Snodgrass also batted .344 against Horizon League opponents.
Rumph Garners Consecutive Second-Team Honors Senior Vicky Rumph earned All-Horizon League Second-Team honors for the second consecutive season. This is the second straight year a YSU player has earned back-to-back all-league laurels. Last season, Jordan Ingalls was named to the first-team for the second straight year. Rumph belted three home runs and had four doubles in league play this year.
Crozier First Pitcher Named All-League Since 2006 Junior Casey Crozier became the first Youngstown State pitcher to earn All-Horizon League honors since Karlie Burnell was named to the second-team in 2006, the year the Penguins won the Horizon League Tournament Championship.
Crozier, who defeated each team in the league at least once, ranked fifth in the circuit with 120 strikeouts and an earned-run average of 2.43. Her 13 overall victories were also the fifth most in the league. In league play, Crozier limited her opponents to a batting average of .229 and went 8-5 with an ERA of 2.09.
Gabel Named to CollegeSportsMadness.com Second-Team Senior Sarah Gabel did not pick up any postseason award for the Horizon League coaches but she did garner some All-Horizon League laurels. The Columbus, Ohio, native was named Second-Team All-Horizon League by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Gabel had the 16th-highest overall batting average at .322 with eight doubles. Against league foes, Gabel batted .328 with five doubles.
Rumph Sets Career RBI Mark With a two-run home run against St. Bonaventure on May 1, senior Vicky Rumph became Youngtown State all-time RBI leader with 120. She is the only player in school history with 120 RBIs and 20 home runs. She ranks tied for third all-time with 22 home runs and fifth all-time with 189 career hits. Her 96 career runs scored ranks fourth all-time, and she needs four more to become just the fourth player to school 100 runs in a career.
Ingalls Best With Runners On Junior Sarah Ingalls has been a tough out when the Penguins have runners on base. The designated player is batting .375 (15-for-40) with runners in scoring position and .359 (23-for-63) with runners on base. Ingalls also has a team-best 14 two-out RBIs.
Stowe Clutch With Two Out Freshman shortstop Kelly Stoe has turned in a pretty impressive rookie campaign. Stowe finished the regular season with a .290 batting average with nine doubles, three home runs and 20 RBIs. Stowe was particularly good with two outs, batting .340 (16-for-47) in that situation. Also, 11 of her 20 runs batted in came with two outs. Stowe also batted .375 (3-fo-8) with the bases loaded.
Crozier Climbing Lists With 13 victories this season, junior Casey Crozier is the only pitcher in school history to win at least 10 games in each of her first three seasons. Crozier ranks fourth all-time with 38 career victories and is second in strikeouts with 344. She is on pace to break both records in 2014. The strikeout mark is 386 set by Kelly Murphy (2003-05) and win career wins record is 46, which was set by Kim Givens (1993-96).
Streakers Senior Sarah Gabel has had a knack for getting on base recently. Gabel has reached base in the last nine games and her longest streak was 13 earlier this season. Classmate Vicky Rumph has reached base in the last 10 games.