Crozier, Dowd's Homer Snag Split at Oakland Saturday

Sarah Dowd
Sarah Dowd

Rochester, Mich. -- Senior Casey Crozier tossed a five-hitter and freshman Sarah Dowd delivered a clutch two-run home run as the Youngstown State softball team defeated Oakland, 4-2, in game one of a doubleheader split on Saturday afternoon at the OU Softball Field. The Penguins dropped game two, 3-0.

With the split, the Penguins move to 26-21 overall and 8-7 in the Horizon League while the Golden Grizzlies move to 14-19 overall and 3-5 in the league.

Crozier, who picked up her 16th win of the season, struck out five and allowed just one earned run. It marks the second straight season Crozier has notched 16 wins, which ranks second on the YSU single-season list.

Offensively, the Penguins were led by senior Courtney Ewing and sophomores Miranda Castiglione and Katie Smallcomb, who each had two hits. 

Freshman Maria Lacatena gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with a double to left-center field that scored senior Haley Knight.

After Oakland answered with an unearned run in the bottom half of the second, Smallcomb's one-out single up the middle plated Castiglione, who reached on an infield single.

In the top of the fourth, Knight singled to lead off the frame and Dowd's two-run blast to left field, her sixth of the year, pushed the Penguins' lead to 4-1.

Oakland's Erika Polidori led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run to cut the YSU lead to 4-2, but the Golden Grizzlies would not get any closer.

In the nightcap, the Penguins were limited to just four hits, two by senior Sarah Ingalls, in the 3-0 loss. Castiglione and Smallcomb also tallied singles for the Penguins.

The Penguins and Golden Grizzlies conclude the series with a single-game, Sunday, at Noon.

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