Penguins Win Game One in Doubleheader Split With Cleveland State

Miranda Castiglione
Miranda Castiglione

The Youngstown State softball team won the first game of a doubleheader 8-4 against Cleveland State, but the Vikings came back to earn a split with a 4-3 win on a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in game two.

With the split, YSU goes to 15-11 on the season and 2-2 in the Horizon League while Cleveland State is 13-11 and 1-1.

In game two, YSU trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Castiglione belted a two-run homer to give it a 3-2 lead. The Penguins jumped on top 1-0 in the second inning when Snodgrass came home an errant throw by CSU catcher Erica McNew on attempted double steal.

The Vikings scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to go in front 2-1. With two outs, Alyson Broschk walked and after stealing second came around to score on Katelind Phillips' double. Phillps then scored the go-ahead run on a single to left by Nena Doran. 

Trailing 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, Courtney Ewing reached on a bunt single and Miranda Castiglione followed with a home run to put the Penguins ahead 3-2.

Some drama occurred in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and runners on second and third, CSU's Janessa Rivera-Keahi grounded to short and initially base-runner Alisha Silva was called for interference for impeding Katie Smallcomb on the play. After a lengthy delay, Rivera-Keahi was awarded a single and the Vikings had the bases loaded with two outs. The next batter, Hannah Yoe ripped a line drive to right field that Jordan Macey made a diving catch to end the inning.

The Vikings loaded the bases again in the bottom of the seventh, but this time with two outs, Morgan Choe hit a two-RBI single to propel the Vikes to a 4-3 victory and a doubleheader split. Kayla Haslett was the hard-luck loser for the Guins.

Haslett (5-4) pitched 6.2 innings in game two and allowed four runs while striking out four. YSU had seven hits in game two led by Haslett and Ewing who each had a pair.

In game one, the Penguins trailed 1-0 after the first inning before scoring the next four runs. After CSU trimmed the deficit to 4-3, the Guins scored four times in the top of the fifth to put the contest away.

Rivera-Keahi led off the first game with home run to center field. In the second inning, YSU answered when Maria Lacatena doubled home Samantha Snodgrass. The Guins scored three tims in the third inning to go in front 4-1. In the inning, Sarah Ingalls had a two-run single and Smallcomb's double scored Sarah Dowd.

The Vikings had single runs in the third and fourth innings before YSU erupted for a four-spot in the top of the fifth inning. Dowd and Ingalls opened the inning with singles. After Alexa Schmidt pinch ran for Ingalls, Smallcomb greeted relief pitcher Sara Shields with a four-pitch walk. With the bases loaded, Dowd alertly scored on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 5-3. Snodgrass follwed with a two-RBI triple that was just over Rivera-Keahi's head in left to push the advantage to 7-3. Snodgrass came home on a Haley Knight fielder's choice for the fourth run of the inning and eighth of the game.

Castilgione, Dowd and Ingalls each had two hits in the first game while Ingalls and Snodgrass each had two RBI.

Casey Crozier tossed a complete game scattering eight hits and four runs while striking out five and walking three. With the victory, Crozier improves to 9-3 on the season while CSU's Susan Knight pitched four innings and dropped to 5-9 on the campaign.

The Penguins return to action on Wednesday when they visit Robert Morris.

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