Miranda Castiglione Homers Twice in Softball's 8-5 Win Over Detroit

Miranda Castiglione
Miranda Castiglione

Youngstown, Ohio -- Junior Miranda Castiglione went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four runs batted in to lead the Youngstown State softball team to an 8-5 win over Detroit in the Penguins Horizon League and home opener on Friday at the YSU Softball Field.

With the win, the Penguins improve to 8-12 overall and 1-0 in the Horizon League while Detroit falls to 1-18 overall and 0-1 in the league.

The Penguins used a six-running fourth inning and turned a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead. Maria Lacatena doubled to left-center field and scored pinch-runner Alexis Roach with the game-tying run.

Hannah Lucas, who went 2-for-3, reached on an infield single that scored Katie Smallcomb with the go-ahead run. After a run-scoring single by Cali Mikovich, Castiglione drilled a three-run home run, her second of the game, off the net in left-center field. 

The Penguins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first when Sarah Dowd lead off the inning with a walk and scored from second on a Detroit error.

The Titans used the long ball to take a 3-1 one lead when Savanna Ferstle hit a solo home run in the top of the second and Kayla Kostich hit a two-run homer in the top of the third.

Down 8-3, the Titans added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to get within three.

Freshman Ashley Kozial picked up the win pitching four innings and sophomore Caitlyn Minney earned the save.

The Penguins and Titans will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.