Castiglione Breaks Steals Record, Geanangel Notches First Career Win

Maria Lacatena (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Maria Lacatena (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Nashville, Tenn. -- Senior Miranda Castiglione broke the Youngstown State career steals record and freshman Paige Geanangel collected her first career victory as the Penguins softball team defeated Lipscomb, 4-2, in eight innings on Saturday. The Penguins also dropped a 5-3 contest to Furman.

Castiglione's record setting steal came in the top of the first inning after she drew a two-out walk. Geanangel pitched three scoreless innings of relief and struck out five for the Penguins, who improve to 6-6 on the year.

Maria Lacatena went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in to lead the Penguins offense that mustered just six hits.

With the international tie-breaker in place, Brittney Moffatt was placed on second base and Alexandria Gibson singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Lacatena's single to center field plated Moffatt and Cali Mikovich's single to center field loaded the bases. Katie Smallcomb lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score pinch-runner Dani Dadig and give the Penguins a two-run cushion.

Geanangel entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and immediately retired the side in order. She allowed just two hits and struck out the final two batters in both the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings.

Against Furman, the Penguins fell behind, 5-0, through six innings and mounted a come-back attempt by scoring three times in the top of the seventh inning.

Sarah Dowd led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and Moffatt's infield single put runners on the corners. Gibson walked to load the bases and Lacatena single through the left side plated Dowd with the Penguins' first run.

Mikovich followed with a two-run single up the middle to score Dadig, who pinch-ran, and Moffatt.

The Penguins had bases loaded with one out and were unable to push across any more runs.

Youngstown State faces Tennessee State, Sunday, in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.