Rutgers-Newark honors Yusko as its top athlete

Local digest

NEWARK, N.J. — Senior Kelly Yusko of the Rutgers University-Newark softball team was named the Scarlet Raider Co-Female Athlete of the Year, it was announced Friday.

Yusko, of Portage and a Penn Cambria High School graduate, joined senior Sue Riley of women’s volleyball in earning the honor after finishing a spectacular four-year career on the softball diamond.

Yusko was a four-time All-New Jersey Athletic Conference performer, earning an All-Region and All-Eastern College Athletic Conference nod after her junior season.

She finished her career with a Rutgers-Newark record of 206 hits, totaling 43 or more in each of her four campaigns. As a senior, she hit .422 in 32 outings, slugging .549 with 15 RBIs. She also made 20 appearances in the circle, earning seven wins in 91.2 innings.

For her career, Yusko led the Scarlet Raiders to two 21-win seasons and a pair of ECAC Tournament appearances. In addition to the 206 career hits, she ended her Raider run with a .444 batting average and a .651 slugging percentage. She slugged .820 as a rookie and .685 as a junior, totaling 106 RBIs over four seasons, along with 302 total bases, 19 homers, 39 doubles and 42 walks. Yusko struck out just 23 times in more than 500 plate appearances.

In the circle, she tossed more than 540 innings, earning 41 wins with a 3.35 earned-run average. She appeared in 112 games, making 91 starts and going the distance in more than half of them (49). She pocketed three saves and nine complete-game shutouts, striking out a total of 315 opponent batters.

As a junior, Yusko ranked among the nation’s elite in batting average, toughest to strikeout and on-base percentage, and she did the same in slugging percentage and batting average as a freshman.

Yusko was the only four-time All-NJAC selection in Rutgers-Newark history, and she was the only four-time honoree in the league in 2018.

She hit at least .409 and slugged at least .545 in all four seasons she played, and she hit better than .460 and slugged better than .680 in two of four seasons as a Scarlet Raider.

Stingers finish third

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Keystone Stingers 18U showcase softball team took third place in the 2018 Firecracker College Showcase Tournament June 22-24.

The Stingers finished the rained-shortened tournament with a 3-0-1 record and outscored their opponents, 38-5.

Team members are Kaitlin Brunelli, Makayla Weyant, Jacie Martin, Sydney Reffner, Brooke Colledge, Brooke Bollman, Kayla Diehl, Alexa Young, Cameryn Feathers and Atlanta Milliron.

Elsewhere:

n Following 10 seasons at the helm, and 15 overall with the University of Pittsburgh softball program, coach Holly Aprile accepted an offer to become the next head coach of the Louisville Cardinals. Promoted to head coach in July 2008, after serving as an assistant for five years under former leader Michelle Phalen (1998-2008), Aprile (2009-2018) was named the second head coach in program history.

n Penn State rising sophomore Gabe Castano claimed the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle in Mexico’s Long Course National Championships in Veracruz Saturday night. Castano touched the wall in a personal-best 51.50 seconds and will compete again Monday in the 50-meter freestyle. He donned a Penn State T-shirt during the medal ceremony.

COMMENTS