YSU’s Casey Crozier is at or near the top of just about every major pitching stat in the Horizon League…leading the conference in wins and strikeouts to name just a few. And her Penguin legacy of success won’t soon be forgotten.
“I’m very competitive, I want to win for my team,” Crozier said. “I want my team to do the best, so I kind of bring the intensity and I want to stick it to them I guess.”
At her core, Crozier is a competitor. After this season, she’ll go down as one of the greatest in YSU softball history. As the all-time leader in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched.
“I think the last four years here for me have been just an absolute honor, and every year, since my freshman year till now, the previous teams I’ve been on…they’ve all had a big part of this,” she said. “I think the wins is the biggest, that record to me is the biggest, because that’s the whole team, that’s not just one person, that’s the whole team.”
That team-first mentality is evident, on the field and in the dugout. And much of the reason, the Penguins are still in the hunt for a Horizon League Title.
Everyone is very supportive, encouraging. Everyone tries to bring out the best in each other, and I think that’s why our team has been so successful because everyone wants each other to do very well,” added Crozier.
And that unity has produced results. Since Crozier’s class joined the team in 2011, YSU has averaged over 23 wins a season. That’s up ten games from the previous year.
“I think my class and the classes before us…right when I got here, I could tell we were trying to turn a program around, and I think that we’ve definitely done that,” she said.
Records aside, Crozier has left a blueprint for the future of YSU softball.