Softball Drops Season Opener to Towson, 7-3

2014 YSU Softball
2014 YSU Softball

Spartanburg, S.C. -- Seniors Sarah Ingalls and Haley Knight and freshman Katie Smallcomb each had run-scoring singles, but the Youngstown State softball team fell to Towson, 7-3, in the 2014 season opener at the USC--Upstate Tournament early Friday afternoon.

Seniors Courtney Ewing and Samantha Snogdrass and sophomore Miranda Castiglione also had singles for the Penguins.

Senior pitcher Casey Crozier struck out four in three innings pitched, but suffered the loss. She now 373 career strikeouts and needs just 14 more to break the YSU career strikeout record.

After surrendering runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, the Penguins used three straight two-out singles by Castiglione, Ingalls and Smallcomb to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth.

Towson, though, answered with four runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 6-2 lead.

In the top of the fifth, Ewing led off with a walk, moved to second on a single to left by Snodgrass and scored on Ingalls' single to center to cut the deficit in half, 6-3.

Towson added an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to round out the scoring.

The Penguins face USC-Upstate at 12:30 p.m. and North Carolina Central at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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