Youngstown, OH (WYTV) - Former Penguin's pitcher and recent Youngstown State University graduate Kevin Yarabinec was killed in a car crash over the weekend in Clarion County.
"Kevin was not only a great player, but he was an even better teammate and friend," said head coach Dan Bertolini. "His smile and energy were infectious. He lit up our clubhouse every day, and we will carry fond memories of him the rest of our lives. Our entire team extends our deepest condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed."
Yarabinec played four years at YSU. The Sharpsville graduate was named to the Horizon League's All-Freshman team and helped the Penguins clinch the league championship in 2014.
As a junior, Yarabinec became just the sixth player to lead YSU in both wins and saves in the same year. He finished his Penguins career ranking sixth in school history with eight career saves, and his 61 career appearances ranked 17th.
The YSU athletic department released the following statement Monday morning:
The Youngstown State baseball family is heartbroken about the loss of one its recent student-athletes, Kevin Yarabinec, who passed away Sunday evening. Yarabinec was a right-handed pitcher with the program from 2014-17 and graduated in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.