Softball Splits Pair on Opening Day

Miranda Castiglione (Photo By Ron Stevens)
Miranda Castiglione (Photo By Ron Stevens)

Buies Creek, N.C. -- The Youngstown State softball team split of pair of games on opening day of 2015 with a 10-7 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore and a 4-2 loss to St. John's on day one at the Campbell/Hampton Inn Invitational.

In the opener, the Penguins collected eight hits and capitalized on five UMES error and seven walks en route to the victory.

Junior Miranda Castiglione provided the offensive firepower going 2-for-3 with a double, home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. 

Junior Katie Smallcomb and sophomore Brittney Moffatt each went 2-for-4 and freshman Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio drove in two runs.

Freshman Ashley Kozial picked up her first career win and struck out four in four innings. Senior Kayla Haslett pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the save.

After UMES scored three in the top of the first inning, Sarah Dowd and Cali Mikovich walked to lead off the bottom half of the first, and Castiglione belted a three-run home run in her first at bat of the year.

Maria Lacatena's ground out scored Haslett, who walked, to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead.

The Penguins added three more in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Thompson-Cappadocio and a throwing error.

UMES cut the lead to 7-5 in the top of the fourth, but a run-scoring single by Thompson-Cappadocio and an RBI-fielder's choice by Moffatt pushed the YSU lead to 9-5.

Again UMES scored twice to get within two, 9-7, in the top of the fifth but the Penguins added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

Against St. John's, the Penguins tallied just four hits in the 4-2 loss. Freshman Stevie Taylor went 2-for-4 against the Red Storm and Haslett belted a solo home run.

In the top of the first, Dowd scored on a wild pitch to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

The Red Storm answered with two in the second and two in the third to take a 4-1 advantage.

Haslett, who struck out five with no walks in the loss, hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth to get the Penguins within two.

The Penguins face East Tennessee State and Towson, Saturday, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively.