Miscues Hurt Softball in 8-7 Loss at Wright State

Kayla Haslett
Kayla Haslett

Dayton, Ohio -- Youngstown State tallied nine hits, including a pair of home runs, but the Penguins allowed five unearned runs and dropped the series finale to Wright State, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon.

The Penguins fall to 11-18 overall and 4-4 in the Horizon League while the Raiders improve to 10-24 overall and 6-2 in the league.

Freshman Stevie Taylor went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs while classmate Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio also went 2-for-3. Senior Kayla Haslett hit her first career grand slam and the 13th in the program's history.

After giving up three runs in the first two inning to fall behind, 3-0, Taylor led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run, her fifth of the year, to get the Penguins within two, 3-1.

The Penguins used a six-run fifth inning to take a 7-3 lead. Alexandria Gibson led off the inning with a walk and Sarah Dowd singled to put runners at first and second. After a sacrifice bunt by Brittney Moffatt and an intentional walk by Miranda Castiglione, pinch-runner Alexa Schmidt scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor and Dowd scored on the dropped fly ball.

Thompson-Cappadocio walked to load the bases and Haslett belted a 3-2 pitch over the left-center field fence to give the Penguins a four-run advantage. 

The Raiders took advantage of three Penguins' errors over the next two innings and scored four in the bottom of the fifth and one more in the bottom of the sixth to pull out the 8-7 victory.

The Penguins visit Saint Francis (Pa.), Tuesday, April 7, for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.