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Youngstown State senior Sean Peterson and pole vaulter Wyatt Lefker both qualified to reach the NCAA event. It's the first time since 2014 that YSU has qualified multiple athletes for the championship meet. They are the first Penguins to qualify in each of their signature events. YSU has had participants reach five straight NCAA meets.

Youngstown State junior right-hander Matt Brosky was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Year and junior infielder Braeden O'Shaughnessy was named First-Team All-Horizon League when the league announced its postseason award winners and all-league teams on Tuesday.

Brosky, who was also named First-Team All-Horizon League, becomes the fifth player in school history to earn conference Pitcher-of-the-Year honors. He joins Collin Floyd (2021), Aaron Swenson (2008), Justin Thomas (2005) and Brad Hennessey (2001). Brosky also becomes just the second YSU pitcher since Phil Klein in 2009 to be named First-Team All-Horizon League.

The Penguins had multiple players garner first-team all-league honors for the second consecutive season and for just the second time since 2012. It marks the first time since 2009-10 that YSU has had multiple players earn first-team all-league recognition in back-to-back seasons. O'Shaughnessy becomes just the second YSU infielder since 2013 to be named First-Team All-Horizon League.

Brosky finished the regular season leading the Horizon League with a 2.91 ERA and 89.2 innings pitched while ranking second with 92 strikeouts and a .243 opponent batting average. The Strongsville, Ohio, native tied for the league lead with five victories while pacing the league and ranking third in the nation with four complete games. Brosky's 92 strikeouts rank 47th nationally and as the fifth most in a season in program history. He could become just the fourth YSU pitcher to record 100 strikeouts in a season. With his next start, Brosky will tie the single-season school record of 15 games started. He would become just the fifth pitcher in program history to start 15 games in a single campaign. Brosky finished with a 4-4 record, a 3.72 ERA, 57 strikeouts and three complete games in 58 innings pitched over nine starts in Horizon League play.

O'Shaughnessy earns all-league honors for the first time in his career after being one of the Horizon League's top-producing hitters throughout the 2022 season. The Poland, Ohio, native leads the Penguins with a .366 batting average, 75 hits, 16 doubles, seven home runs, 40 RBIs, 35 runs scored, a .556 slugging percentage, a .437 on-base percentage and 114 total bases. He finished the regular season leading the league in batting average and hits while starting all 53 games. He became the first Penguin since John Koehnlein in 2007 to lead the Horizon League in batting. O'Shaughnessy also ranks tied for second in the league with 16 doubles, fourth with a .993 OPS, fifth with a .556 slugging percentage, fifth with 205 at bats, sixth with a .437 on-base percentage and eighth with 40 RBIs. He is the first Penguin since 2012 to record at least 16 doubles in a season. O'Shaughnessy is also the first Penguin since 2015 to record at least 75 hits in a season. The junior batted .382 and slugged .573 with 12 doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs over 28 games in Horizon League play.

Youngstown State will open play in the 2022 Horizon League Baseball Championship against Purdue Fort Wayne on Wednesday at noon at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and

YSU Penguin Athletics / Lady Birds Basketball Sign Two
« on: April 19, 2022, 09:40:23 AM »
Dena Jarrells, a guard from Dunlow, W.Va., has signed a grant-in-aid to transfer from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to Youngstown State. She will have two years of eligibility remaining as a Penguin after spending three seasons playing for the Mocs.

Jarrells led Chattanooga in 3-pointers, a$$ists and steals in 2021-22, and she was the team's leading scorer against Southern Conference opponents. arrells averaged 10.4 points overall and a team-best 11.4 points in SoCon play in her third season at Chattanooga. She also averaged 2.7 a$$ists and 1.5 steals, and she made a team-leading 57 3-pointers. She ranked among the top 10 in the SoCon in scoring, a$$ists, steals, 3-point field-goal percentage and 3-pointers per game.

As a true sophomore in 2020-21, Jarrells averaged 6.9 points and 2.3 a$$ists while shooting 39.4% from 3-point range, the third-best mark in the SoCon. She was named to the SoCon Coaches All-Freshman Team in 2019-20 when she averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 a$$ists.

Shay Kirby, a guard from Vienna, W. Va., has signed a grant-in-aid to transfer from Austin Peay State University to Youngstown State, YSU head coach John Barnes announced on Monday.

Kirby played in 79 games over three seasons at Austin Peay and scored 548 points while making 126 3-pointers for the Governors. She will have two years of eligibility remaining as a Penguin.

"Shay brings a new dimension to our team that is much needed," Barnes said. "She has great size and athleticism for a perimeter player. Her ability to play pressure defense as well as shoot a high percentage from 3-point range will be invaluable to us next season."

"Shay was a starter and big-time contributor on a 20-win Austin Peay team last season. That experience and success will put her in a great position to help our program take the next step in 2022-23."

Kirby, a 5-foot-10 guard who graduated from Parkersburg H.S., averaged 26 minutes per game in 2021-22 for a Governors squad that went 20-13 and played in the Women's Basketball Invitational. Kirby averaged 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 41.7 percent from the field. She made 47 3-pointers while making 39.6 percent of her attempts from long distance, and she added 20 a$$ists, 22 steals and eight blocks in 30 games, 21 of which she started. Kirby ranked sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference in 3-pointers per game, and she was seventh in 3-point field-goal percentage.

As a true sophomore in 2020-21, Kirby averaged 7.5 points and 22.9 minutes per game in 18 contests. She ranked ninth in the OVC in 3-pointers made per game with 1.8 while shooting 35.8 percent from behind the arc. Kirby averaged 6.4 points and was named the OVC Freshman of the Week twice in 2019-20. She made 45 3-pointers that season, which ranked second among all freshmen in the conference and as the third-highest mark ever by an Austin Peay freshman.

The Youngstown State men's tennis clinched a share of its first-ever Horizon League regular-season title with a 6-1 win over UIC on Saturday at the YSU Indoor Tennis Center.

The Penguins improve to 12-8 overall and are unbeaten in league play at 7-0. UIC falls to 3-18 and 1-6 on the campaign. YSU's last conference championship came on the Division II level when it won the Mid-Con title back in 1980.

YSU picked up a the singles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. At No. 1, Harry Fouzas and Laurentiu Mandocescu earned a 6-2 win to clinch it for YSU after Will Everett and Nathan Favier won 6-2 at No. 2.

In singles, YSU won five of the six matches in straight sets.

At No. 1, Mandocescu earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Gustavo Schwebel. At No. 2, Fouzas beat Pelle Strandberg by a score of 6-2, 6-3. At No. 3, Clement Mainguy earned a 6-1, 6-2 win over Anthony Nguyen. Favier picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kevin Kruzel. At No. 6, David Alvarez Moreno remained unbeaten in league matches with a 7-5, 6-2 score.

YSU concludes the regular season at Cleveland State next Saturday.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Golf Wins NKU’s The Jewell
« on: April 12, 2022, 09:27:26 AM »
Three Penguins placed in the top 10 to lead the Youngstown State men's golf team to a two-stroke victory on Monday in NKU's The Jewell at Elks Run Golf Club in Batavia, Ohio.

The Penguins fired a two-round team total of 578, which ranks as the third-lowest 36-hole performance in program history. YSU posted a 293 in the opening round on Sunday before recording a tournament-low 285 in the final session on Monday. The Penguins were tied for first place with Chicago State following the first round of action. The Guins earn their first tournament victory and sixth top-five finish of the 2021-22 season.

Youngstown State finished two strokes ahead of Purdue Fort Wayne and eight strokes in front of third-place Northern Kentucky. Xavier (594) and Chicago State (595) rounded out the top five while Cleveland State finished sixth with a 596.

Zack Ford finished in third place at even par with a two-round score of 142 (74-68) to earn a career-best finish and pace the Penguins individually. The Cochranton, Pa., native fired a three-under-par and career-low 68 in the final round on Monday to jump up seven spots on the individual leaderboard and finish two strokes back of the tournament medalist. The senior's final-round 68 featured eight pars and seven birdies as he fired a three-under-par 33 on the front nine. Ford's first-round 74 included 11 pars and two birdies as he made par or better on 10 of his first 12 holes.

Kevin Scherr finished in fourth place at two over par with a two-round 144 (71-73) to earn his fourth top-10 finish of the season. The senior's even-par 71 in the first round featured 12 pars and three birdies as he made par or better on 10 of his final 11 holes. Scherr's final-round 73 included 10 pars and three birdies as he carded a one-under-par 35 on the front nine.

Ken Keller tied for sixth with a two-round total of 146 (74-72) to collect his fourth top-10 finish of the campaign. The senior's first-round 74 featured nine pars and three birdies as he shot a one-over-par 37 on the front nine. Keller's final-round 72 included eight pars and six birdies as he fired a one-under-par 35 on the front nine. The Youngstown, Ohio, native had a stretch of four straight birdies from No. 3 to No. 6 during the final session.

Cole Christman finished in a tie for 11th with a two-round 147 (74-73) to record his sixth top-20 finish of the season. The Boardman, Ohio, native led all golfers at the event with 10 total birdies. The junior's first-round 74 featured seven pars and six birdies as he carded a one-over-par 37 on the front nine. Christman's second-round 73 included 10 pars and four birdies as he shot an even-par 36 on the front nine. He made par or better on 12 of his first 14 holes during the final round of play.

Bryan Kordupel recorded a two-round score of 150 (78-72) to finish tied for 23rd. The senior's opening-round 78 featured 10 pars and a birdie on the par-four No. 6. Kordupel's one-over-par 72 in the final round included nine pars and five birdies as he fired a three-under-par 33 on the front nine. The Boardman, Ohio, native birdied four of his first six holes while making par or better on 11 of his first 13 holes in the final round.

Playing as an individual, Cade Kreps finished tied for 31st with a two-round 152 (77-75). The junior's first-round 77 featured 10 pars and a pair of birdies as he made par or better on eight of his final 10 holes. Kreps' final-round 75 included 12 pars and a birdie on the par-three No. 2 as he made par or better on 13 of his first 15 holes.

Brian Terlesky, who also competed as an individual, posted a two-round total of 156 (78-78) to finish tied for 48th. The junior's opening-round 78 featured 10 pars and a birdie on the par-five No. 15 as he notched a two-over-par 38 on the front nine. Terlesky's second-round 78 included 12 pars as he made par on 11 of his first 15 holes.

Chicago State's Camron Jones shot a two-round 140 (65-75) to earn medalist honors by one stroke over Purdue Fort Wayne's Kasey Lilly.

Youngstown State will continue its spring schedule on April 17-18 with the Wright State Invitational at Heatherwoode Golf Club in Springboro, Ohio.

For the latest news and updates throughout the spring season, follow @YSUMensGolf on Twitter.

The Youngstown State bowling team has earned an at-large invitation to compete in the National Collegiate Bowling Championship for the second straight season, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.

The Penguins will be in the four-team regional that will be held at Royal Scot Golf & Bowl in Lansing, Mich. on April 8-9 along with Vanderbilt, Arkansas State and Alabama State. The Penguins will take on Arkansas State in a mega match to start the double-elimination regional that features three teams from the Southland Bowling League. The winners of the four regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championship, which will be held at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, on April 15-16.

"We are grateful for the selection and recognition of our solid body of work from the season," said Youngstown State head coach Doug Kuberski. "We also appreciate the support near and far from our Penguin friends and family. This team is hungry and ready to make a championship run. After an evening of celebration, we will get right to work tomorrow with our focus on bringing our best to Lansing."

After posting its best finish ever at the Southland Bowling League Championship last weekend, YSU is seventh in the NCAA's RPI heading into the regional. The Penguins have a 75-46 head-to-head record and have competed against the toughest schedule in the country. Of those 75 wins, 48 came against teams ranked in the top 25 of the National Tenpin Coaches a$$ociation poll, and 20 came against teams in the top 10.

Youngstown State, which is in its sixth season as a Division I program, will try to use postseason magic to make an April run like it did in 2020-21. The Penguins received the final at-large spot in last year's field, and they capitalized on the opportunity by winning their region and advancing to the national semifinals. Unlike in 2021 when the entire 16-team field competed in North Kansas City, Mo., to reduce travel due to COVID-19, teams are bracketed at four different regional sites in 2022.

The Penguins have their top six bowlers back from last year's team and, bolstered by the addition of a talented freshman cla$$ to the experienced group of returners, YSU will set school records for average in every format this season. Youngstown State is averaging more than nine pins higher per game in Baker play compared to last season, and it is more than six pins better than last year's squad in traditional play.

The Youngstown State bowling team knocked off Louisiana Tech in an elimination match on Sunday morning to advance to the title match and finished as the runners-up at the 2022 Southland Bowling League Championship.

The Penguins had their best finish at the conference tournament in program history, going 3-2 over after being 1-4 combined in their first two appearances. Their only two losses at Colonial Bowling Lanes outside of New Orleans this weekend came to Vanderbilt in the winners bracket final on Saturday and again to the Commodores in the championship match on Sunday.

While Youngstown State came up short in the opportunity to secure an automatic bid to the National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship, the Penguins certainly improved their resume for consideration for one of the national tournament's eight at-large invitations by placing second in the toughest conference in the country. YSU was seventh in the NCAA's RPI heading into the conference weekend, and it beat No. 3 Sam Houston and No. 8 Louisiana Tech twice.

The Penguins, who were the fourth seed in the Southland tournament, began Sunday by beating fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech 2-1 in an elimination match. YSU then had to play a rested Vanderbilt team 45 minutes later, and the second-seeded Commodores won 2-0 to win the conference crown for the second straight season.

"We had a lot of fun out there competing," said YSU head coach Doug Kuberski. "The talent in the Southland is impressive across the board, and we've been honored since day one to be a part of it. All of us in the conference make each other better, and there is a lot of mutual respect between us. As a program, we have progressed nicely each year within the conference and have put ourselves right there in the conversation with a solid chance to win."

"I can sense us growing closer and closer as a group and elevating our game together. Our love for each other is strong, and this weekend has definitely made us even hungrier. We can't wait to get back to work and continue elevating for each other."

Seniors Emma Wrenn and Emma Dockery were both named to the all-tournament team, becoming the first Penguins ever to earn the distinction at the conference level. Wrenn, the team's anchor bowler, averaged 225.3 in traditional play but had to miss the final four games of the Louisiana Tech match and the entire championship match with an injury. Dockery averaged 213 over the weekend and slid into the anchor position in Wrenn's absence as the Penguins finished off the Lady Techsters.

After 2-1 wins over Louisiana Tech and Sam Houston on Friday and a 2-1 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, Youngstown State again had to go to the best-of-seven Baker match play format to decide the winner in the losers bracket final on Sunday morning against the Lady Techsters.

The Penguins dropped the traditional round by just six pins, and they dug themselves a big hole in the quint Baker round with a 130 in game one. YSU was down 65 pins heading into game two, but it outscored the Lady Techsters 878-780 over the final four games to win the round 1,008-975. The Penguins then built a 3-1 lead in match play, and a string of seven strikes in game seven carried them into the championship match.

Both teams took a while to get a read on the lanes in the morning match as Wrenn's 210 was the highest on the pair in the traditional round. YSU had opens from four of its five bowlers in the first two frames, but the scoring pace was low enough that the Penguins stayed right with La Tech and held a nine-pin lead after seven frames. The Penguins had two opens in the eighth and three more in the ninth, and they couldn't make up enough ground in the 10th as they fell 906-900.

Youngstown State then had six opens in a 130 in the first game of the Baker total pinfall round, but it had a higher total than the Lady Techsters in each of the next four games to mount a rally. YSU followed the 130 with a 234 to shave 36 pins off the deficit, and it followed by outscoring La Tech 193-190 and 226-199 over the next two games to take a one-pin lead going into the final game. The Penguins shot a clean 225, and they had a double in the third and fourth and a triple in the seventh through ninth frames as they went on to win the point 1,008-975.

The Penguins kept the momentum for the start of the best-of-seven match play by winning game one 181-163 and game two 233-172 to take a 2-0 lead. La Tech claimed game three 239-209, and Wrenn was injured in the 10th frame. Kirsten Moore entered the lineup in place of Wrenn, and Madyson Marx, Jade Cote and Dockery slid down a spot, and YSU took game four 172-163 to go up 3-1 in the round.

Louisiana Tech won the next two games 149-135 and 190-174 to force a game seven, and the Penguins strung seven strikes together in the deciding game to win 256-203. Lyndsay Ennis began the string with a strike in the second, and Dockery had good fortune in the fifth when good pin action tripped a possible 4-9 split. Megan Grams, Ennis and Marx followed Dockery's strike, and YSU's good fortune continued in the ninth when Cote had the 2 and 4-pins trip in a possible 2-4-7 split. Cote picked up the spare, and the Penguins doubled in the 10th for good measure in the 53-pin win.

Against Vanderbilt, the short-handed Penguins had three opens in the first two frames of the traditional round and had to play from behind the entire way. Youngstown State kept grinding and posted all marks in the seventh and eighth frames and trailed by just 30 pins heading into the ninth. YSU had just one open in its final two frames, but Dockery was the only Penguin to double as Vanderbilt hung on to win 964-946. Ennis had YSU's highest game with a 211, and Dockery finished with a 210.

Youngstown State topped 195 in four of its five Baker games, but Vanderbilt averaged 224.4 and built a sizeable margin over the final two games.

The Penguins' only open in the first two games was the opening frame of the first game as they shot 217 and 220. Vanderbilt countered with a 248 in game one to take a 31-pin lead, and YSU took two off the deficit with a 220-218 edge in game two. The Commodores got those two pins back with a 201-199 advantage in game three, and they extended the lead to 81 pins after a 209-159 margin in game four. Vanderbilt then finished off the title with a 246 in its final game.

The Penguins will find out if they will qualify for the NCAA Regionals on Wednesday. The selection show will be broadcast live at 4 p.m. on

Youngstown State senior pitcher Jon Snyder was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Monday for his performance at Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday.

The senior right-hander allowed just one hit and had a season-high 10 strikeouts over 6.1 innings to lead the Penguins to a 4-0 victory in its Horizon League opener against Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday.

Snyder did not allow a hit until a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning. He retired the first six batters he faced and he faced the minimum in each of the first five frames. He retired the side in order in the first, second and fifth innings. The Springboro, Ohio, native recorded a strikeout in six different innings, and he had multiple punch outs in four different frames as he earned his first victory of the season.

Snyder was also recognized nationally by, as he was included among the website's Top-30 Pitchers for March 18.

Snyder has a 2.96 ERA, 34 strikeouts and a .179 opponent batting average in 27.1 innings over five starts through the first five weeks of the 2022 season. He was named the Horizon League Preseason Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game before the season after earning Second-Team All-Horizon League honors in 2021.

Youngstown State will play at Penn State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before opening a three-game series at West Virginia on Friday at 6:30 p.m. All four of YSU's games this week will be broadcast live on

For the latest news and updates, follow @YSUBaseball on Twitter.

The Youngstown State women's basketball team's record-breaking 2021-22 campaign came to a close Wednesday night with a 68-59 loss to Kent State in the opening round of the Women's NIT.

The Penguins finish the season with a 24-7 record, a Horizon League regular-season championship and their most wins in 24 years. Kent State advances to the round of 32 and will play either Houston Baptist or Toledo.

Youngstown State led by as many as 10 in the second quarter, and the Penguins had a 29-21 advantage with five minutes left in the half when fifth-year senior guard Chelsea Olson suffered a lower-body injury while running for a rebound. Olson, a four-time All-Horizon League guard who led the Penguins in minutes and a$$ists and was second in points during the season, did not return. She had 11 points in the first 13 minutes of the contest, and Kent State went on a 27-6 run over the next 13 minutes as the Penguins tried to adjust without their leader.

Youngstown State battled to trim a 48-35 deficit down to five at the end of the third quarter, and the Penguins trailed 58-52 following a Paige Shy 3-pointer with 4:43 left in the fourth. However, they went scoreless for the next three minutes, and Kent State scored 10 straight points to take a 68-52 lead with less than two minutes remaining. The Penguins scored the final seven points for the final margin.

Malia Magestro scored a game-high 16 points, and 10 of those came in the second half. Lilly Ritz had 14 points and five rebounds, and Olson finished with 11 points, a rebound, a block and a steal in the final game of her legendary career.

Lindsey Thall had 15 points to lead three Golden Flashes in double figures.

Kent State shot 48.1% from the field, and it was 8-for-21 from 3-point range. Youngstown State shot 38.5% overall while going 7-for-21 from beyond the arc. The Penguins were also 12-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Olson's 3-pointer at the 8:10 mark of the first quarter acted as the Penguins' first points of the contest after Kent State bucketed back-to-back threes off the opening tip. YSU closed Kent State's early advantage to a one-point margin at the 7:12 and 5:29 marks of the quarter, both off Ritz baskets, and the Golden Flashes worked their lead back to six at 15-9.

YSU took its first lead of the game, 16-15, off a Paige Shy long-ball from Aulbach with 56 seconds to play in the quarter, which capped a 7-0 run to end the period. The Penguins then scored the first eight points of the second period on a two-pointer by Olson, a three-point play by Ritz and a 3-pointer by Magestro. In the first 46 seconds of the quarter, Olson had the field goal, a steal and an a$$ist.

Magestro's 3-pointer gave the Penguins a 24-15 lead, and the margin peaked at 29-19 on another 3-pointer by Magestro with 7:11 on the clock. Jenna Batsch scored for Kent State on the next possession to make it 29-21, and Olson's injury came after she tried to rebound her own miss with just over five minutes left in the half.

Kent State shaved the margin down to five before Lindsey Mack hit a 3-pointer in front of the Golden Flashes' bench extended the Penguin advantage back to eight, 32-24. During the span, the Penguins defense held steady as they forced Kent State to shoot just 2-of-6 from the floor, including 0-of-3 from long range. Kent State went on a 6-0 run to cut the YSU lead to a pair before a made free throw from Ritz with 47 ticks remaining in the half sent the Penguins into the break with a 3-point lead, 33-30.

The Golden Flashes scored 18 of the first 20 points of the third period to take their 48-35 lead with 1:54 left. Magestro made two free throws at the 1:36 mark to spark an 8-0 run to close the quarter, and her basket on a driving layup at the 1:03 mark accounted for the Penguins' first field goal since Mack's 3 at the 2:50 mark of the second period. Magestro scored again on a cut to the basket, and Aulbach made two free throws with 0.3 seconds left to trim the 13-point deficit down to 48-43.

Thall scored a quick basket to start the fourth, and Mariah Modkins followed with a 3-pointer to get the margin back to 10 at 53-43. YSU didn't back down and got within six twice at 53-47 and 58-52 before Kent State's 10-0 run that made the score 68-52 with 1:51 left.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Bowling Remains Ninth in Latest NTCA Poll
« on: March 12, 2022, 04:33:58 PM »
For the second straight month, the Youngstown State bowling team is ranked ninth in the National Tenpin Coaches a$$ociation Top 25 Poll, the NTCA announced on Thursday.

The Penguins received 960 points in the poll, which was 84 more than they did in February. YSU was 14 points behind eighth-ranked Stephen F. Austin, but it was a firm 206 points ahead of 10th-ranked Duquesne. The Penguins have been ranked in the top 10 of the poll all season long.

YSU and SFA are two of six teams in the Southland Bowling League that are ranked in the top nine of the poll. Joining them are Sam Houston in third, Vanderbilt in the fourth position, Arkansas at No. 6 and Louisiana Tech at No. 7.

McKendree is at the top of the poll with 1,537 points, and the Bearcats received 24 out of a possible 42 first-place votes. Nebraska is second with 1,519 points and 16 first-place votes, and North Carolina A&T is fifth behind Sam Houston and Vanderbilt.

Voting for the poll is done by NCAA head coaches that are members of the NTCA. There were 42 ballots cast for the February poll.

Youngstown State will have its final tune-up of the regular season next week at the Columbia 300 Music City Cla$$ic on March 18-20 in Smyrna, Tenn. The Southland Bowling League Championship will be March 25-27 in Harahan, La.

The Youngstown State baseball team scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to overcome a five-run deficit and earn a 6-5 victory over New Orleans in the series opener on Friday at Maestri Field in New Orleans, La.

Youngstown State won its second straight game to improve to 4-8 overall. New Orleans dropped to 8-3 overall after having its three-game winning streak snapped.

Dylan Swarmer went 4-for-4 at the plate, and he had two hits including the go-ahead RBI single during YSU's furious eighth-inning rally.

Alex Cardona, Brandon Mikos, Casey Marshalwitz and Nathan Ball combined to limit New Orleans to one hit over four scoreless innings of relief to help facilitate the Penguins' comeback. Each tossed a scoreless inning of relief after the Privateers scored five unearned runs off YSU starter Jon Snyder in the bottom of the fifth. Mikos earned the win in his first collegiate appearance while Ball picked up his fourth save of the season.

In the top of the eighth inning, Swarmer, Austin Earl and Lucas Nasonti hit three straight singles to load bases. Swarmer scored on a wild pitch before Braeden O'Shaughnessy greeted New Orleans reliever Collin Kulivan with an RBI single to right field. After Dominick Bucko brought home Nasonti with an RBI groundout, Padraig O'Shaughnessy drove in his brother Braeden O'Shaughnessy with a sacrifice fly to center field. After Steven D'Eusanio smacked a two-out double, Seth Lucero and Swarmer each came through with an RBI single to put YSU ahead 6-5.

Swarmer finished the game 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead Youngstown State offensively. Lucero went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored while Nasonti, Braeden O'Shaughnessy, D'Eusanio and Earl also added hits for the Penguins. YSU outhit UNO 10-4 for the contest and it sent 10 batters to the plate during the deciding eighth inning.

The Privateers broke a scoreless tie with five runs on two hits in the home half of the fifth inning. After Snyder issued a pair of walks and a hit a batter to load the bases, Amani Larry delivered a two-out RBI single and Pearce Howard followed with a grand slam to right field that put New Orleans in front 5-0.

Snyder surrendered five unearned runs on three hits and three walks and struck out five batters over five innings. He retired the first eight batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk in the third. Snyder retired the side in order in the first, second and fourth frames.

New Orleans starter Tyler LeBlanc scattered three hits and struck out six batters over six scoreless innings of work in a no-decision. He retired the side in order in the first, fourth and sixth frames. Caleb Seroski suffered the loss after allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

Larry went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to pace the Privateers offensively. Howard drove in UNO's other four runs with his fifth-inning grand slam.

Youngstown State and New Orleans will continue this weekend's four-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast live on and

YSU Penguin Athletics / Softball Completes Series Sweep of Detroit
« on: March 12, 2022, 04:27:52 PM »
Sophomore Sophie Howell fired a complete-game three-hitter and struck out nine to lead the Youngtown State softball team to a series sweep of Detroit Mercy with a 2-1 win on Friday morning at the YSU Softball Field.

The Penguins have now won three straight to improve to 12-9 overall and 3-0 in Horizon League play. The Titans fall to 0-12 overall and 0-3 in league play.

Senior Yazmine Romero went 3-for-3 with a run scored while junior Conchetta Rindaldi was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in. The duo combined for all five of the Penguins' hits in the one-run victory.

A two-run first inning was all of the offense Howell needed. Romero led off with a single and stole second. She advanced to third on a wild pitch on Alex DeLeon's walk then DeLeon stole second.

Rinaldi laced a 3-1 pitch to center field plating Romero and DeLeon with the Penguins' runs.

The Titan's lone run was a pinch-hit home run by Jaiden Lara in the top of the fifth inning.

Youngstown State visits Akron in a doubleheader, Tuesday, March 15. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Akron, Ohio.

The Youngstown State men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to compete in The Basketball Cla$$ic presented by Eracism, Youngstown State Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced on Wednesday.

The Basketball Cla$$ic is a 32-team tournament with first-round games on campus sites starting March 14. This creates another bracket to follow and gives student-athletes across the country an opportunity to participate in the postseason and compete for a championship.

 The Penguins' opponent and the entire bracket will be announced on Sunday, March 13, by the 20-member tournament selection committee.  Should YSU receive the opportunity to host a first-round game, ticket information for the event will be released that evening.

"We are excited for the opportunity to continue a successful season," Calhoun said. "If we are selected for a home game, we hope our fans will come out and help create an electric atmosphere.

"It is a credit to our guys and all the hard work they put in this season to be invited to a postseason tournament."

This is the Penguins' third Division I postseason appearance and the second in the last three seasons. Youngstown State accepted a berth to the 2020 Postseason Tournament (CIT), but the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19.

The Penguins first appeared in the postseason when they played in the CIT in 2013. YSU owns a CIT record of 1-1 after defeating Oakland, 99-87, and falling to Canisius, 84-82, in overtime in 2013. Both games were at Beeghly Center.

This season, the Penguins have recorded a winning record for the third consecutive season with a mark of 18-14. It marks just the second time in YSU's Division I history and the first time since 1982-83, 1983-84, and 1984-85 that the Penguins posted three straight winning campaigns.

The Penguins set a school record for most conference victories with 12 Horizon League wins, and their 18 overall wins rank tied for third in YSU's Division I history. Youngstown State also won 18 games during the 2019-20 season.

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI senior Macee Williams has been named the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for the fourth straight season. Northern Kentucky’s Grayson Rose earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Green Bay’s Bailey Butler picked up the Freshman of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year awards for the Phoenix. Youngstown State’s John Barnes is the Coach of the Year as the Penguins earned a share of the #HLWBB regular season title for the first time. All awards were voted on by the League’s head coaches.

Williams is the first four-time Player of the Year in League history. The graduate senior center averaged 18.3 points and 10.9 rebounds in League contests this season, first among #HLWBB players in both categories. Williams also paced the League in field goal percentage in League contests, shooting 62.7 percent from the floor as she also received All-League First Team recognition for the fourth time.

Rose is the Defensive Player of the Year this season, earning her second All-Defensive Team honor. The graduate senior post led the League with 2.5 blocks in League games this season, adding 9.4 rebounds in those contests.

Butler is the Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year this season. The rookie averaged 6.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 a$$ists and 1.3 steals in #HLWBB games this season and led the League in Freshman of the Week honors while starting in just one game for the Phoenix.

John Barnes was chosen the Horizon League Coach of Year, leading the Penguins to a share of the League regular season title and an 18-4 League record. This is the first Horizon League Coach of the Year honor for Barnes.

Joining Williams on the All-League First Team are Cleveland State’s Destiny Leo, Green Bay’s Hailey Oskey, Milwaukee’s Megan Walstad and Youngstown State’s Lilly Ritz. Leo scored 17.8 points per game and shot 42.3 percent in League play, leading the Vikings to a top-four seed. Oskey totaled 14.2 points and 1.7 three-point field goals per game in #HLWBB contests for the No. 3 seed Phoenix. Walstad earned her second All-League First Team honor and also added her second consecutive All-Defensive Team honor this season as she scored 14.7 points and hauled in 9.4 rebounds, along with 1.6 blocks, in League play. In her first season with the Penguins, Ritz ranked second in #HLWBB play with 17.8 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 59.3 percent, also earning All-Defensive Team recognition.

IUPUI’s Rachel McLimore, Northern Kentucky’s Lindsey Duvall and Ivy Turner, UIC’s Jaida McCloud and Youngstown State’s Chelsea Olson compose the All-League Second Team. McLimore averaged 12.9 points and 2.9 a$$ists in League play for the Jags this season, also picking up All-Defensive Team honors. Duvall totaled 15.8 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Norse in #HLWBB games while Turner posted 12.9 points and 4.1 a$$ists in those contests. McCloud led the Flames and ranked fourth in the League with 17.1 points per #HLWBB game. Olson paced the League with 5.3 a$$ists and a 2.3 a$$ist-turnover ratio in conference play, adding 10.2 points and 6.0 rebounds to earn All-League honors for the fourth straight season.

Cleveland State’s Nadia Dumas (12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds), IUPUI’s Rachel Kent (2.5 three-point field goals per game, 43.1 percent shooting from three-point range), Oakland’s Kahlaijah Dean (13.2 points, 2.1 a$$ists), Purdue Fort Wayne’s Shayla Sellers (12.4 points, 1.1 blocks, 1.6 steals) and RMU’s Esther Castedo (11.3 points, 2.0 steals) comprise the All-League Third Team.

Green Bay’s Maddy Schreiber, NKU’s Khamari Mitchell-Steen, Oakland’s Kendall Folley and Purdue Fort Wayne’s Ryin Ott earned All-Freshman recognition this season along with Butler.

Youngstown State junior Mady Aulbach joins McLimore, Walstad, Rose and Ritz on the All-Defensive Team.

The 2022 Keeps Horizon League Basketball Championships will begin March 1 and 3 at campus sites and eight teams – four men and four women – will look to advance to Indianapolis and #REACHtheHORIZON on March 7-8 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Every game of the championship will be carried on ESPN networks with the first three rounds of the Keeps Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship streamed on ESPN+ and the championship game broadcast on ESPNU.

First-round action begins on Tuesday, March 1 with four games as No. 5 seed Northern Kentucky hosts No. 12 seed Detroit Mercy, No. 6 seed Milwaukee takes on No. 11 seed UIC, No. 7 seed Oakland battles No. 10 seed Wright State and No. 8 seed RMU welcomes No. 9 seed Purdue Fort Wayne.

On Thursday, March 3, the top four seeds will host quarterfinal matchups for a chance to advance to Indianapolis for the semifinals. All four matchups will be set on Tuesday night after the first round concludes.

For complete information on the 2022 Keeps Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championships, visit

2021-22 #HLWBB All-League Awards
Player of the Year: Macee Williams, IUPUI
Coach of the Year: John Barnes, Youngstown State
Freshman of the Year: Bailey Butler, Green Bay
Defensive Player of the Year: Grayson Rose, Northern Kentucky
Sixth Player of the Year: Bailey Butler, Green Bay
All-League First Team (alphabetical by school)
Destiny Leo, Cleveland State, Sophomore, Guard
Hailey Oskey, Green Bay, Junior, Guard
Macee Williams, IUPUI, Graduate Senior, Center
Megan Walstad, Milwaukee, Redshirt Sophomore, Forward
Lilly Ritz, Youngstown State, Senior, Forward
All-League Second Team (alphabetical by school)
Rachel McLimore, IUPUI, Senior, Guard
Lindsey Duvall, Northern Kentucky, Senior, Guard
Ivy Turner, Northern Kentucky, Junior, Guard
Jaida McCloud, UIC, Sophomore, Guard/Forward
Chelsea Olson, Youngstown State, Senior, Guard
All-League Third Team (alphabetical by school)
Nadia Dumas, Cleveland State, Redshirt-Senior, Forward
Rachel Kent, IUPUI, Sophomore, Guard
Kahlaijah Dean, Oakland, Senior, Guard
Shayla Sellers, Purdue Fort Wayne, Junior, Guard/Forward
Esther Castedo, RMU, Senior, Guard
All-Freshman Team (alphabetical by school)
Bailey Butler, Green Bay, Guard
Maddy Schreiber, Green Bay, Forward
Khamari Mitchell-Steen, Northern Kentucky, Guard
Kendall Folley, Oakland, Point Guard
Ryin Ott, Purdue Fort Wayne, Guard
All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)
Rachel McLimore, IUPUI, Senior, Guard
Megan Walstad, Milwaukee, Redshirt Sophomore, Forward
Grayson Rose, Northern Kentucky, Graduate Senior, Post
Mady Aulbach, Youngstown State, Junior, Guard
Lilly Ritz, Youngstown State, Senior, Forward

YSU Penguin Athletics / Nike HLSB Players of the Week
« on: March 01, 2022, 05:12:17 PM »
INDIANAPOLIS – Youngstown State swept this week’s Nike® #HLSB awards as the Penguins posted a 4-0 record at the Hampton University Tournament. Nikki Saibene led the Penguins offensively with a .636 batting average, two runs scored, a double, home run and six runs batted in while slugging .714 with three multi-hit games to earn Player of the Week honors. Elle Buffenbarger went 3-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average, 20 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .156 in 13.2 innings pitched in the circle to pick up Pitcher of the Week recognition.

Nikki Saibene led the Penguins to a 4-0 week with a .636 batting average, two runs scored, a double, home run and six runs batted in. She also posted a slugging percentage of 1.000 and an on-base percentage of .714 for an OPS of 1.714. Saibene posted three multi-hit games last week and went 7-of-11 in four games. She went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in a 7-2 win over Norfolk State and went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in against Penn on Feb. 26. She also had two hits against Hampton on Feb. 25.
Elle Buffenbarger went 3-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average, 20 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .156 in 13.2 innings pitched. She also became the Penguins’ all-time strikeout leader, breaking the old mark of 565 set by Casey Crozier from 2011-14. Buffenbarger now has 583 career strikeouts. She struck out eight in 6.2 innings and allowed just four hits in a 4-1 over Penn on Feb. 25. In a relief outing against Norfolk State, Buffenbarger fired five scoreless innings and struck out 10 in the 7-2 victory, and whiffed two in two innings of relief in a 5-3 win over Penn.
2022 Nike® #HLSB Players of the Week
February 15 – Tara McElligott, UIC
February 22 – Charlotte Grover, RMU
March 1 – Nikki Saibene, Youngstown State
2022 Nike® #HLSB Pitchers of the Week
February 15 – Melissa Holzopfel, Cleveland State
February 22 – Abby Gawlinski, Green Bay
March 1 – Elle Buffenbarger, Youngstown State

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