Softball Drops Pair at Charleston Southern, 5-2, 6-5

Brittney Moffatt (Photo by Ron Garchar)
Brittney Moffatt (Photo by Ron Garchar)

Charleston, S.C. -- The Youngstown State softball team dropped a doubleheader to Charleston Southern on Tuesday afternoon, 5-2 and 6-5 in eight innings at the CSU Softball Field.

The Penguins fall to 4-8 overall while the Buccaneers improve to 16-8.

Sophomore Brittney Moffatt went 4-for-7 on the day and scored a pair of runs and was the only YSU player with multiple hits in both games.

In the opener, the Buccaneers scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the bottom of the second inning to take an early 4-0 lead after two innings.

Sophomore Sarah Dowd's solo home run in the top of the fifth and Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio's run-scoring ground out in the sixth cut the deficit in half, 4-2.

Charleston Southern added an insurance run in the bottom half of the sixth to seal the game one victory.

Freshman Cali Mikovich also went 2-for-4 in game one.

In the nightcap, Charleston Southern scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out the 6-5 win.

The Penguins trailed 5-3 after five when freshman Stevie Taylor launched a two-run home run to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth.

Youngstown State rallied to tie the game two other times and led 2-1 after two-and-a-half innings.

Thompson-Cappadocio's ground out scored senior Kayla Haslett, who walked and moved to third on Taylor's double to down the left-field line, to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the second.

The Penguins took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third when Miranda Castiglione singled home Maria Lacatena, who doubled to lead off the inning.

After the Buccaneers regained the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the third, the Penguins knotted the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth. Moffatt led off the frame with an infield single and moved to third on Taylor's sacrifice bunt and a CSU error. Katie Smallcomb plated Moffatt with a fielder's choice.

The Buccaneers scored two more in the bottom of the fourth to set up Taylor's two-run, game-tying home run.

The Penguins face The College of Charleston in a doubleheader, Wednesday, starting a 4 p.m.