Softball Falls Twice at Tiger Classic Saturday

2014 YSU Softball
2014 YSU Softball

Nashville, Tenn. -- The Youngstown State softball team dropped a pair of games on Saturday at the Tennessee State Tiger Classic. The Penguins fell to Indiana State, 5-4, and Dayton, 9-3.

With the losses, the Penguins fall to 3-4 on the year.

In the opener, the Penguins rally from a 5-1 deficit came up just short. Freshman Sarah Dowd and sophomore Miranda Castiglione each had two hits.

The Sycamores began the scoring with a run in the top half of the first, but Dowd,  belted a 1-0 pitch over the left-field fence to lead off the bottom half of the frame to tie the game at 1-1.

Indiana State added run in the top of the third and three more in the top of the fourth to push its lead to 5-1.

In the bottom half of the fourth, senior Courtney Ewing's bases-loaded fielder's choice plated Kayla Haslett and cut the deficit to 5-2.

Senior Sarah Ingalls singled and Castiglione doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning to put runners on second and third. Senior Haley Knight's one-out walk loaded the bases and Haslett's infield single plated Ingalls to get YSU within two, 5-3.

Freshman Maria Lacatena's RBI fielder's choice scored Castiglione and got the Penguins within one, 5-4, but the Penguins stranded runners on second and third.

The Penguins had the tying run on second base in the bottom of the sixth, but could not come up with the clutch hit.

Against Dayton, Castiglione went 3-for-4 and Samantha Snodgrass drove in two runs, but Youngstown State left 12 runners on base in the 9-3 loss.

Dayton scored in all but one inning, plated two runs in the top of the first, third and sixth innings and banged out 14 hits against the Penguins' pitchers.

The Penguins close out the Tiger Classic against Western Michigan, Sunday, at 10:30 a.m.

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