Canfield, Ohio -- Junior Vicky Rumph's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored senior Haley Thomas to lift the Youngstown State softball team to a 6-5 win over Butler on Saturday afternoon at McCune Park. The Guins dropped the first game, 5-4.
It was also's Rumph's one-out bases loaded single in the bottom of the sixth that helped erase a 5-2 deficit and capped a three-run frame.
The Guins improve to 14-6 overall and 1-1 in the Horizon League while the Bulldogs fall to 5-18 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Freshman Kayla Haslett (4-2) scattered nine hits with two strikeouts and allowed just three earned runs in a gutsy complete-game performance.
Thomas, who tied a school single-game record with four hits, led off the bottom of the 10th with a single to right field. A throwing error on Caroline Krombach's sacrifice bunt attempt put runners on first and third with no out.
Senior Jordan Ingalls was intenionally walked for the second time to load the bases and Rumph drilled a 2-2 pitch off the glove of Butler's diving shortstop Kristen Boros to scored Thomas with the game-winning run.
In the sixth, senior Kristen Philen, who went 3-for-4 in game two and had a total of five hits on the day, began the rally with a leadoff walk and Haley Knight's infield single put runners on first and second. Thomas doubled down the right field line to plate Philen to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Ingalls was then intentionally walk to get to Rumph who promptly tied the game with a single to center field that scored Knight and Thomas.
The Guins had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh. Philen led off the inning with her third single of the game, but was thrown out at home trying to score from first on Thomas double to center field.
Butler scored twice in the first, once in the second and two more times in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Philen doubled with two outs and scored the Guins' second run after a pair of Butler errors.
In game one, the Guins led the Bulldogs 4-2 after four innings, but allowed two runs in the top of the fourth and one in the top of the seventh and let the game slip away.
Caroline Krombach went 2-for-4 and Philen went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
Sophomore Casey Crozier (6-3) gave up just seven hits with four strikeouts and three earned runs to take the tough loss.
The Guins and Bulldogs close out the three-game series, Sunday, March 25, with a single game at Noon.