May 2004

Reichert Named Great Lakes All-Region Second-Team
Friday, May 21 2004
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Columbus, Ohio Youngstown State senior softball player Lacey Reichert (Amherst, Ohio) was selected to the Great Lakes All-Region Second-Team, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Thursday. Reichert is the third YSU player in the last two years to earn all-region honors. Last season, Amanda Berry and Kelly Murphy were named to the Great Lakes All-Region Second-Team.
Reichert, a third baseman, turned in a break-out season for the Penguins in 2004. She hit a career-best .304 with 14 doubles, a triple, five home runs a .529 slugging percentage and 24 runs batted in. Defensively, Reichert was outstanding committing just eight errors in 198 total chances.
For her career, Reichert appeared and started in a school record 198 consecutive games while batting .252 with 42 career doubles, four triples and 10 home runs. She ranks second all-time in doubles, tied for third in career home runs and sixth with 68 career runs batted in.
Penguins Eliminated By Wright State, 1-0
Saturday, May 15 2004
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Chicago, Ill. -- YSU senior first baseman Amanda Berry had two hits, but defending tournament champion Wright State came through with an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 1-0 over the Penguins in an elimination game at the Horizon League Championships on Saturday morning.
In the seventh, WSU's Brandi Steiner reached on an error by YSU's Kelly Murphy to open the inning. After a sacrifice bunt, Stiener came around to score the contest's lone run on an error by Amber Smith.
The only other Penguin hit on the morning was by Smith as Wright State's Amanda Cody tossed a three-hit shutout. Kelly Murphy (14-12) allowed just four hits in the game and struck out four but suffered the loss. In the contest, the Penguins left seven runners on base while WSU stranded six.
Youngstown State finishes the year 29-22 while the Raiders stay alive to face Cleveland Sate in another elimination game later today.
Patteson, Murphy Earn All-League Honors
Friday, May 14 2004
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Indianapolis, Ind. -- YSU sophomore shortstop Tiffany Patteson was named first-team All-Horizon League while sophomore pitcher Kelly Murphy was named second-team all-league, the conference announced on Wednesday night.
Also earning all-league accolades was freshman pitcher Karlie Brunell who was named to the league's all-newcomer squad.
Patteson, who was a first-team all-league pick last year, finished the regular season with a .364 batting average, the second-highest on the squad. She had a team-high 37 runs scored and was second with 33 RBI. In 15 league games, she hit a team-best .396.
Murphy, a first-team all-league pick and Horizon League Pitcher of the Year in 2003, was a second-team pick this campaign. She concluded the regular season with a 14-10 overall mark and a 1.55 earned-run average.
In her first season, Brunell posted a 9-8 mark with a 1.88 ERA.
The Penguins open Horizon League Tournament action on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Butler.
Penguins Earn Fourth Seed at Horizon League Championships
Monday, May 10 2004
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The Championship Schedule
Thursday, May 13 (All times Central)
Game One: #2 Cleveland State vs. #7 Detroit, 9 a.m.
Game Two: # 3 Loyola vs. #6 UW-Green Bay, 11 a.m.
Game Three: #1 UIC vs. #8 Wright State, 1 p.m.
Game Four: #4 Youngstown State vs. #5 Butler, 3 p.m.
Game Five: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5 p.m.
Game Six: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 14
Game Seven: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 9 a.m.
Game Eight: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 11 a.m.
Game Nine: Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 7, 1 p.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 6, 3 p.m.
Game 11: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 5 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 15
Game 13: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 11, 9 a.m.
Game 14: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game, Noon
Game 15: Winner Game 14 vs. Loser Game 14, 2 p.m.* - if necessary
Penguins Halt Skid, Knock Off Butler, 9-6
Monday, May 10 2004
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Canfield, Ohio -- The Youngstown State softball team (29-20, 8-7 Horizon League) secured the fourth seed in the upcoming Horizon League Championship after defeating Butler (16-37-1, 10-10 Horizon League), 9-6, in the regular season finale on Sunday morning at McCune Park.
The Penguins' offensive exploded for 13 hits off Butler pitchers Jamie Wonderly, Jennifer Sundin and Meghan Howard and YSU freshman Tricia Hilbish allowed just three earned runs to pick up her third victory of the season.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Youngstown State wasted no time jumping on BU starter Wonderly. Back-to-back doubles by Lacey Reichert and Amanda Berry, who went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in, gave the Penguins a 2-1 nod and Char Kudlock's RBI-single that plated Berry extended the Penguins advantage to 3-1. Tiffany Patteson singled to lead off the frame and scored to tie the game on double to left-center field while Reichert scored on senior Berry's two-base hit.
After Butler sliced the lead to 3-2 in the top of the second frame, Youngstown State's four-run second inning pushed its cushion to 7-2. Berry cleared the bases with a three-run double to left field and scored on a double by senior Amber Smith, who went 3-for-4.
Youngstown State added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the third stanza for a 9-2 advantage. Kiisha Warfield, who began the YSU rally in the second with a single, led off the inning with a single up the middle and scored on Patteson's double to left-center field. Patteson then scored YSU's final run when sophomore Lacy Bronson reached on a fielding error.
Butler mounted a comeback but Hilbish induced two double plays in the third and fourth innings and freshman Karlie Burnell, who picked up her second save, forced a twin-killing in the top half of the seventh.
YSU and Butler will face each other for the fourth consecutive time this season in the first round of the Horizon League Championship, Thursday, May 13. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CDT) in Chicago, Ill.
Penguins Drop Crucial set Against CSU
Friday, May 7 2004
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Canfield, Ohio -- The Youngstown State softball team (28-18, 7-5 Horizon League) dropped a doubleheader to Cleveland State (25-25, 13-6 Horizon League), 10-0 and 4-1on Thursday evening at McCune Park.
In game one, Cleveland State jumped out to a 4-0 lead after Anna Hubert belted her first career grand slam off YSU starter Kelly Murphy in the top of the first inning.
The Vikings added six more in the top of the third to cap the scoring.
YSU freshman Tricia Hilbish tossed two scoreless innings of relief.
YSU held a 1-0 lead after four innings in game two, but the Viking offense plated three two-out runs to take the lead, 3-1. Viking Michelle Beightol extended the lead to 4-1 after her fifth home run in the top of the seventh.
YSU concludes its regular season with a three-game series against Butler, May 8-9. First pitch on Saturday is slated for 1 p.m.