Softball's 15-Hit Barrage Leads to Split at Akron

Katie Smallcomb
Katie Smallcomb

Akron, Ohio -- Youngstown State banged out 15 hits en route to a 11-8 win over Akron in game two of a doubleheader on Tuesday at Lee R. Jackson Softball Field. The Penguins dropped game one, 8-0, in five innings.

With the split, the Penguins improve to 8-11 overall while Akron improve to 14-13 overall.

In the nightcap, junior Katie Smallcomb went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in while Sarah Dowd, Cali Mikovich, Miranda Castiglione and Hannah Lucas each collected two hits.

Mikovich posted a triple and a home run with two RBIs while Dowd also tripled.

Freshman Paige Genanangle notched her second win of the year tossing six innings of relief and striking out two.

The Penguins trailed 4-0 after one inning, but sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the second to score eight runs to take an 8-4 lead.

After Alex Gibson singled and Maria Lacatena double, Smallcomb laced a double to plate both runners and cut the deficit to 4-2. A double down the left-field line scored Smallcomb and Lucas scored on an error to tie the game.

Dowd stole home to give the Penguins a 5-4 lead and Stevie Taylor singled home Mikovich to push the Penguins lead to 6-4. Gibson added a sacrifice fly and Smallcomb drove in her third run of the inning to give the Penguins a four-run lead.

Mikovich homered in the top of the third, Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio had a run-scoring single in the top of the fourth and Mikovich posted an RBI-triple in the top of the seventh.

The Zips scored one in the bottom of the second and added three in the bottom of the eighth but could not complete the comeback.

In game one, Dowd doubled and Taylor singled for the Penguins' only two hits.

The Penguins visit St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader, Wednesday, at 3 p.m.