Haslett, Homers Lift Softball to 7-1 Win, Series Sweep of Cleveland State

2012 YSU Softball
2012 YSU Softball

Canfield, Ohio -- Freshman Kayla Haslett scattered seven hits in an impressive complete-game outing and a pair of home runs lifted the Youngstown State softball team to a 7-1 victory and a series sweep of Cleveland State on Sunday at McCune Park.

After allowing a run in the top of the first inning, Haslett, who improves to settled in and did not allow a Cleveland State runner past second base the rest of the game.

The Guins, who improve to 19-6-1 overall and 5-1 in the Horizon League, again were added by the long ball to get back in the game.

Senior Kristen Philen, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, led off the bottom of the third with a solo home - her fourth of the year - to left-center field to tie the game at 1-1.

Two battters later, senior Haley Thomas punched a one-out, 3-2 pitch over the left-center field fence to put the Guins ahead 2-1.

A two-out double by senior Jordan Ingalls and an RBI-single by junior Vicky Rumph added a third run for the Guins in the bottom of the third.

The Guins expanded their lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth with two bases-loaded walks and a sacrifice fly by Ingalls.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Guins tacked on one more to close out the scoring. Philen led off with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Kelly Fox. Fox advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Brooke Meenachan's bunt single and scored on a throwing error.

The Guins host Saint Francis (Pa.) in a doubleheader, Tuesday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at McCune Park.