Fairborn, Ohio -- Freshman of the Year Sarah Dowd's bases-loaded single to center field in the bottom of seventh inning gave the Youngstown State softball team to a 3-2 win over Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Wednesday.
The Penguins improve to 30-22 while Vikings fall to 24-19. The Penguins play top-seeded Green Bay, tonight, at 6:30 p.m. It marks the second time in school history the Penguins have won 30 games in a season. The last time was in 2003 when the Penguins won 36.
Trailing 2-1, senior Samantha Snodgrass, who had two singles, led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left field. Freshman Darcella Blakey, who went 2-for-3, singled to left-center and pinch-hitter Kayla Haslett walked to load the bases.
Dowd, who was down in the count 1-2, bounced a single up the middle scoring pinch-runner Alexa Schmidt with the tying run and Blakey with the game winner.
Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Casey Crozier struck out seven and allowed just four hits to pick up her 19th win of the season.
Cleveland State got on the board in the top of the first when Erica McNew doubled to center field.
The Penguins knotted the game in the bottom of the second inning on an infield single by Blakey and a CSU throwing error that scored Katie Smallcomb.
The Vikings took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth when McNew singled, stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Kaitlind Phillips double to left field.