Cali Mikovich's Walkoff Leads Softball to Split Against St. Bonaventure

Cali Mikovich (Photo by Kevin Davis)
Cali Mikovich (Photo by Kevin Davis)

Youngstown, Ohio -- Freshman Cali Mikovich went 3-for-4 and drove in the game-winning run with a single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Youngstown State softball team to a 4-3 win over St. Bonaventure in game one of a doubleheader at the YSU Softball Field. The Penguins lost the nightcap, 13-7.

Trailing, 3-1, in the seventh inning, the Penguins plated three runs in the bottom half of the frame to secure the 4-3 win. Freshman Kelly Thompson-Cappadocip led off the inning with a single and junior Katie Smallcomb was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. After a Kayla Haslett sacrifice bunt, Sarah Dowd's fielder's choice plated pinch-runner Hannah Lucas to get the Penguins within one, 3-2.

Brittney Moffatt, who went 2-for-4, singled to center, but Dowd was caught between second and third and tagged out in a run down. 

With runners on second and third, an intential walk to junior Miranda Castiglione loaded the bases and a walk to Alexandria Gibson tied the game at 3-3 and set up Mikovich's heroics.

In the nightcap, the Penguins collected 13 hits led by Thompson-Cappadocio's three-hit performance. 

St. Bonaventure scored in all but one inning and plated three in the fourth and fifth innings and two in both the sixth and seventh.

Trailing 3-0, the Penguins scored twice in the bottom of third on Brittney Moffatt's solo home run and Gibson's single down the right-field line.

The Bonnies answered with three in the top of the fourth to take a 6-2 lead, but the Penguins scored three in the bottom half of the frame.

Haslett singled to lead off the frame and scored on Katie Smallcomb's single to center, and Hannah Lucas, who walked, scored on Thompson-Cappadocio's single up the middle.

Gibson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to get the Penguins within one, 6-5.

After the Bonnines pushed the lead back to four, 9-5, Haslett led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to left-center field. Lucas walked, stole second and scored on a fielding error.

The Penguins, however, would not score anymore.

Youngstown State closes out the regular season with a three-game series at Valparaiso, May 1-2, in Valparaiso, Ind.