Crozier's Ks, Dowd's Home Run Leads Softball to Split; Castiglione Ties Hits Mark

Sarah Dowd
Sarah Dowd

Green Bay, Wis. Senior Casey Crozier struck out 10 and fired a three-hit shutout, and freshman Sarah Dowd blasted a home run to lead the Youngstown State softball team to a 2-0 win and secured a split against Green Bay on Sunday.

The Penguins, who improve to 16-15 overall and 3-4 in the Horizon League, lost the first game, 5-2. Sophomore Miranda Castiglione tied a school single-game record with four hits in a 4-for-4 performance with a two-run home run and a double.

Crozier, who improved to 10-5,was dominant from the start giving up just one hit through five innings and allowing just two runners reach second base. She also walked just two batters.

The Penguins scored an unearned run in the top of the second inning when Maria Lacatena reached on a bases-loaded error with two outs.

Green Bay's starter Ashley Nanneman retired 10 straight Penguins before Dowd led off the top of the sixth inning with her fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, to put YSU ahead 2-0.

The Phoenix threatened in the bottom half of the frame with runners at first and third, Crozier forced an infield pop out to retire the side.

In the opener, Green Bay scored twice in the bottom of the first and three more in the bottom of the second to jump out to a 5-0 lead.

Castiglione belted a two-run home run, her sixth, in the top of the third to get within three, 5-2.

The Penguins though would not get any closer.

Freshman Caitlyn Minney allowed just two hits with three strikeouts and did not allow an earned run in 4.2 innings of relief.

The Penguins visit Akron in a doubleheader, Tuesday, April 8, at 3 p.m.

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