Softball Uses Long Ball, Big Innings to Earn Split on Final Day at Rebel Games

2011 YSU Softball
2011 YSU Softball

Kissimmee, Fla. -- The Youngstown State softball team used a pair of home runs and two big innings en route to a 9-0 victory over Bucknell in its final game at the Rebel Games on Friday morning. The Guins also lost to Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-1, earlier in the day.

The Guins, who improved to 11-5 overall, scored three runs in the top of the first and five in the top of the fourth inning to ease to the victory and sophomore Casey Crozier allowed just three hits to pick up her fifth win and first shutout of the season.

Crozier struck out six and did not allow a walk in the complete-game effort.

Senior Haley Thomas went 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs batted in and scored twice while junior Sarah Gabel and sophomore Courtney Ewing each tallied two hits. Gabel also drove in two runs.

Sophomore Samantha Snodgrass clobbered a two-out, three-run home run - her second of the season - in the top of the first  to put the Guins up 3-0.

Thomas hit her first home run of the season - a solo shot - in the top of the second to push the Guins lead to 4-0.

In the five-run fourth, the Guins sent 10 batters to the plate and posted four hits, including a two-out, two-run single by Gabel that scored Haley Knight, who singled, and Jordan Ingalls with the Guins' eighth and ninth runs.

Against Fairleigh Dickinson, the Guins were limited to just five hits but had two late chances to win the game.

The Guins took a 1-0 lead over the Knights with an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning.

Fairleigh Dickinson, though, used back-to-back home runs to take a 3-1 lead after four innings.

FDU's Megan Reiner sat down 14 straight Penguin hitter before Caroline Krombach's single in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jordan Ingalls also singled to put runners at first and second with one out, but Reiner worked out of the jam.

In the bottom of the seventh, Knight and Ewing each singled to threaten again but Reiner recorded a strikeout, a pop out and a foul out to seal the victory.

The Guins host Niagara, Wednesday, March 21, at 3 p.m. in the 2012 home opener at McCune Park.