Penguins Strand 13 in 7-1 Loss to Cleveland State

Penguins Strand 13 in 7-1 Loss to Cleveland State

Cleveland, Ohio -- The Youngstown State softball team collected 10 hits, but the Penguins stranded 11 runners on base and dropped a 7-1 decision to Cleveland State on Thursday afternoon.

The Penguins fall to 20-14 overall and 7-3 in the Horizon League while the Vikings improve to 9-25 overall and 2-7 in the league.

Junior Brittney Moffatt, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles, drove in the Penguins' only run with an RBI-double in the top of the second inning to cut the Vikings' lead to 2-1.

Senior Miranda Castiglione and sophomore Cali Mikovich each went 2-for-4 for the Penguins. For the series against the Vikings, Mikovich went 8-for-14 with two doubles, a home run and six runs scored.

The Penguins stranded at least one runner on in each inning and left two or more runners on base five times, including the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning.

Youngstown State went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and 4-for-21 with runners on base. Cleveland State, on the other hand, went 5-for-10 in RBI opportunities.

The Vikings jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Erica McNew hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.

After Moffett's run-scoring double cut the lead in half in the top of the second, the Vikings tacked on two more in the bottom of the third and three more in the bottom of the sixth.

The Penguins host Wright State in a three-game series, April 15-16, at the YSU Softball Field. First pitch on Friday is slated for 3 p.m.