Paige Geanangel's Three-Hit Shutout Lifts Softball to Series Sweep at Detroit

Paige Geanangel's Three-Hit Shutout Lifts Softball to Series Sweep at Detroit

Detroit, Mich. -- Freshman pitcher Paige Geanangel struck out two and allowed just three hits for her third shutout of the year as the Youngstown State softball team defeated Detroit, 8-0, to sweep the season series.

Geanangel (14-9) picked up her 14th win on the season and her seventh against Horizon League opponents as the Penguins improve to 27-18 overall and 13-6 in the Horizon League. Detroit falls to 17-39 overall and 7-17 in the league.

The Penguins scored two runs in the first, three in the third and three more in the fifth inning to enforce the mercy rule.

In the top of the first inning, junior Brittney Moffatt singled up the middle to score Cali Mikovich and junior Maria Lacatena singled through the left side to plate senior Miranda Castiglione to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

Senior Katie Smallcomb and junior Alex Gibson posted two-out run-scoring singles and Smallcomb scored on a wild pitch to increase the Penguins lead to 5-0. Stevie Taylor began the two-out rally with a single to center and scored on Smallcomb's single after a walk to Lacatena. Lacatena, who moved to third on Smallcomb's hit, scored on Gibson's single.

In the top of the fifth, Mikovich drove in two runs with a single up the middle and Castiglione followed with a run-scoring single to right field to extend the YSU lead to 8-0.

The Penguins return home to host Northern Kentucky in three-game series, May 6-7, in the regular-season finale for both teams. First pitch on Friday is slated for 3 p.m.