Softball Falls Late to UIC, 6-3

The Youngstown State Softball Team.
The Youngstown State Softball Team.

Chicago, Ill. -- UIC scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and erased a 3-2 deficit and defeated the Youngstown State softball team, 6-3, on Friday afternoon at Flames Field. 

Sophomore Brittney Moffatt went 2-for-3 and sophomore Maria Lacatena had a run-scoring triple to lead the Penguins, who fall to 15-22 overall and 5-7 in the Horizon League.

With the win, UIC improves to 18-15 overall and 9-3 in the Horizon League.

The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Sarah Dowd scored on a dropped throw by the catcher when trying to score after a single to center by Miranda Castiglione. Castiglione came around to score on Kayla Haslett's single up the middle.

After the Flames cut the lead in half with an unearned run in the bottom of the second, Lacatena triple to left-center field to score Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio, who walked.

The Flames scored another unearned run in the bottom half of the third to get within one, 3-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Flames first three batters reached base to load the bases with no outs. A sacrifice fly to left field tied the game at 3-3, a single to left scored two and a single to center field added another run for the Flames.

The Penguins and Flames finish the series with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. EDT.