Softball Uses Long Ball to Sweep Detroit, 8-2, 4-2

2014 YSU Softball
2014 YSU Softball

Detroit, Michigan -- Youngstown State hit five home runs in game one and another in game two en route to a doubleheader sweep over Horizon League foe Detroit, 8-2, and 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Buysse Ballpark.

Seniors Haley Knight and Samantha Snodgrass, sophomore Miranda Castiglione and freshmen Sarah Dowd and Maria Lacatena each went yard in game one for the Penguins, who improve to 28-22 overall and 10-8 in the Horizon League. Senior Sarah Ingalls, who went 4-for-8 on the day, hit a two-run home run in game two.

Detroit falls to 7-41 overall and 3-15 in the league.

In the opener, the Penguins cranked out 13 hits led by sophomore Katie Smallcomb's 3-for-4 performance, and senior pitcher Casey Crozier notched her 17th win of the season striking out seven in five innings.

The Titans took a 2-0 lead after the first inning but Knight belted her first career home run - a two-run shot - in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 2-2.

Back-to-back home runs by Lacatena and Dowd in the top of the fourth gave the Penguins a 4-2 lead.

Snodgrass hit a two-out, two-run home run to left field that scored Smallcomb, who singled, and put the Penguins up, 6-2.

In the top of sixth, Castiglione drilled a two-run home run to right field scoring Dowd, who reached on a fielder's choice.

In game two, Ingalls went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI-single to lead the Penguins offense.

Ingalls' two-out single to left-center field in the top of the the first inning scored Dowd, who singled, with the game's first run and give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

Senior Courtney Ewing, who went 2-for-4, led off the top of the sixth with a double and Ingalls two-run blast to left-center field push the YSU lead to 3-0. After a single by Smallcomb, freshman Darcella Blakey singled to center plated Smallcomb with the Penguins fourth run.

The Titans added two runs in the bottom half of the sixth but could not get any closer.

The Penguins and Titans conclude the regular season with a single game, Sunday, at Noon.

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