March 2004

Penguins Split With Towson, Earn Third Place At Cavalier Classic
Sunday, March 21 2004
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Charlottesville, Va. The Youngstown State softball team (14-8) earned a third-place finish with a 4-2 record at the 2004 Cavalier Classic after splitting two games with Towson on Sunday afternoon. The Penguins dropped an 8-4 decision in the first game, but rallied a to take third place with a 4-3 victory in the nightcap.
In game two, the Penguins jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings after scoring one in the first and two in the second. Sophomore Tiffany Patteson led off the first inning with a double and later scored on senior Amanda Berry's ground out. In the second inning, Youngstown State scored two unearned runs.
After Towson cut the lead to 3-1 after a solo home run in the to pf the third, YSU answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the fourth. Patteson led off the frame with a single and advanced to third after Char Kudlock was hit by a pitch and Lacey Reichert's sacrifice bunt. Patteson later scored on Berry's sacrifice fly.
Towson rallied with runs in the sixth and seventh innings but sophomore Kelly Murphy buckled down to pick up her sixth win of the season.
In game one, Berry drilled her third home run, a two-run shot, over the right-center field wall to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
Towson, however, used an 11-hit attack and scored two runs in the third, four in the fourth and two more in the sixth to knock the Penguins out of the Cavalier Classic Championship game with an 8-4 victory.
YSU visits Canisius, Tuesday, March 23, at 3 p.m. before opening Horizon League play at UW-Green Bay on Saturday, March 27 at 2 p.m.
Murphy, Patteson Nab Horizon League Weekly Awards
Wednesday, March 17 2004
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Indianapolis, Ind. -- Youngstown State sophomores Kelly Murphy and Tiffany Patteson were named the Horizon League's Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, the League announced on Monday. It marks the first time in school history the Penguins have swept the Horizon League weekly awards.
Murphy went 3-1 with a 0.00 ERA in 26.2 innings pitched. She tossed two shutouts - against Gardner-Webb and Army - and allowed just 13 hits. She struck out a total of 28 batters, allowed just two walks and limited her opponents to a mere .140 batting average. Murphy also fanned 11 batters in a one-hitter against Gardner-Webb. In her lone loss of the week, Murphy allowed just three hits with seven strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to Creighton.
For the season, Murphy owns a record of 4-3 with a 0.45 earned-run-average and has struck out 48 batters in 46.2 innings pitched.
Patteson led the Penguins to a 9-1 record at the Rebel Games last week. Patteson hit .467 with 6 doubles, a triple and nine runs batted in. Against Army, Patteson set a school record for most doubles in a game with three and tied the single-game mark with six RBI's. She also recorded a slugging percentage of .733. In the 10 games, Patteson went 14-of-30 and scored 14 runs. Patteson went 3-for-4 against Gardner-Webb and 3-for-3 against Army. In YSU's 9-5 defeat of Penn, Patteson went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple and scored two runs.
Patteson currently leads the team with a .386 batting average, 11 runs scored, seven doubles and has driven in 10 runs. She also owns a team-best .591 slugging percentage.
Patteson Ties School RBI Mark in 10-0 Over Army
Sunday, March 14 2004
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Kissimmee, Fla. -- Youngstown State sophomore Tiffany Patteson went 3-for-3 and tied a school record with six runs batted in to lead the Penguins (9-6) past Army, 10-0, in five innings on Saturday at the Rebel Games.
Sophomore Kelly Murphy tossed a five-hit shutout with four strikeouts to post her third win of the season.
Pitching Gems Extend Penguin Streak to Seven
Friday, March 12 2004
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Kissimmee, Fla. -- The Youngstown State softball team extended its winning streak to seven games and improved to 8-6 overall behind two strong pitching performances from freshman Karlie Burnell and junior Ashley Lockmiller on Friday afternoon at the Rebel Games. YSU defeated Quinnipiac, 4-0, and Niagara, 12-1.
In the opener, Burnell tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts to lead the Penguins to a 4-0 victory.
Senior Amanda Berry went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead the Penguins offensively.
Against Niagara, Lockmiller allowed just two hits in a five-inning complete-game performance. Junior Kiisha Warfield went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in while sophomore Tiffany Patteson also collected two hits.
Senior Jenn Hartman ripped a two-run double while Berry also drove in two runs.
Youngstown State concludes its spring trip at the Rebel Games against Army and Wagner on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.
Penguins Extend Win Streak To Five
Thursday, March 11 2004
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Kissimmee, Fla. -- Youngstown State sophomore Kelly Murphy tossed a four-hitter to lead the Penguins (6-6) past Central Michigan, 3-1, on Wednesday at the Rebel Games.
Sophomore Tiffany Patteson went 2-for-3 with a double while Lacey Reichert drove in two runs in a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.
The Penguins also defeated Penn, 9-5, later in the day to extend their winning streak to five games. Freshman Tricia Hilbish picked up her first win of her career, tossing four scoreless innings.
Youngstown State banged out 17 hits, by Char Kudlock, Amanda Berry and Kiisha Warfield. Kudlock went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in while Berry went 3-for-4 with a double and triple and two runs batted in and Warfield went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.
Penguins Beat Central Michigan, 3-1
Wednesday, March 10 2004
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Kissimmee, Fla. -- The Youngstown State softball team won its fourth straight game to improve to 5-6 on the season with a 3-1 win over Central Michigan on Wednesday morning at the Rebel Games in Florida. The Penguins scored two runs in the first inning and one in the fifth finishing the game with four hits. CMU had five hits scoring its lone run in the third.
Murphy One Hits Gardner-Webb in 3-0 Win
Wednesday, March 10 2004
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Kissimmee, Fla. -- Youngstown State sophomore pitcher Kelly Murphy struck out 11 and surrendered just one hit in a 3-0 victory over Stetson on Tuesday. Murphy allowed a second-inning double as only one Bulldog was able to reach base. The Penguins beat Holy Cross 8-5 later Tuesday night.
Burnell's One-Hitter Salvages Split
Wednesday, March 10 2004
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Kissimmee, Fla. -- Youngstown State freshman Karlie Burnell (1-2) picked up her first career victory by tossing a one-hitter to lead the Penguins softball team (2-6) to a 2-0 victory over Yale on Monday evening at the Rebel Games.
In their first game of the day, the Penguins dropped a 1-0 decision to Creighton in eight innings. Sophomore Kelly Murphy (1-3) allowed just two hits in the loss
YSU faces Holy Cross and Gardner-Webb, Tuesday, at 4:10 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.