Softball Eliminated By UIC, 3-2, In Eight Innings

2014 YSU Softball
2014 YSU Softball

Fairborn, Ohio -- UIC scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning and eliminated the Youngstown State softball team from the 2014 Horizon League Championship by a score of 3-2 on Thursday afternoon.

The Penguins finished the season with an overall record of 30-24, just the second 30-win season in school history.

Senior Haley Knight went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI while senior Samantha Snodgrass went 2-for-4 with a home run and sophomore Katie Smallcomb had two singles.

With the game tied at 1-1, UIC's Laura Swan laced a two-out, two-run single to right field to score Courtney Heeley and Natalie Hernandez, who both singled.

In the bottom half of the eighth, Smallcomb and Snodgrass led off with back-to-back singles and, after a ground out, Kayla Haslett walked to load the bases.

Freshman Maria Lacatena ground out to short plated Snodgrass to cut the deficit to 3-2, but the Penguins' comeback attempt fell short.

Snodgrass began the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was her fourth home run of the season and second of the tournament.

Hernandez, who went 5-for-5 for the Flames, tied the game with a solo shot- her 10th home run of the year, in the top of the sixth inning.

Both the Penguins and Flames had their scoring opportunities, but the Flames stranded 14 runners and the Penguins left 11 runners on base.

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