Softball

Crozier Fires Five-Hit Shutout to Salvage Softball Split at Butler

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Freshman Casey Crozier fired a five-hitter and struck out three and shutout Butler, 3-0, in eight innings to lift the Youngstown State softball team to a doubleheader split on Saturday afternoon. The Guins lost the first game, 4-3, in nine innings.

The Guins improve to 22-18 overall and 5-10 in the Horizon League while Butler falls to 26-18 overall and 12-4 in the league.

Crozier, who picked up her 12th victory and third shutout of the season, and Butler pitcher Jennifer Chasteen battled each other through seven scoreless inning before the Guins broke through in the top of the eight inning.

Junior Jordan Ingalls double to right field with one out and then scored on Samantha Snodgrass' two-out single to center field. Sophomore Sarah Gable doubled down the left field line to plate Snodgrass with the Guins' second run of the frame.

Junior Kristen Philen then singled to center and Gabel scored on a throwing error to put the Guins up, 3-0.

Crozier retired the Bulldogs in order in the bottom half of the eighth to seal the victory.

In the first game, Butler jumped out to a 2-0 lead after five innings as Butler ace Jenny Esparza was tossing a no-hitter through 5.1 innings with 11 strikeouts.

Philen broke up the no-hitter with a single to right field, and after back-to-back walks to Haley Thomas and Kristina Rendle loaded the bases, Ingalls ripped a single to center field to score Philen and Thomas with the tying runs.

Vicky Rumph plated Rendle with the go-ahead run, 3-2, with a ground out to second base.

The Bulldogs tied the game on a suicide squeeze, 3-3, and then won the contest scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Guins are schedule to take on Cleveland State in a three-game series, April 29-30, in Cleveland, Ohio.