Mikovich, Smallcomb Grand Slams Lead Softball to Split

Cali Mikovich (Photo by Kevin Davis)
Cali Mikovich (Photo by Kevin Davis)

Greensboro, N.C. -- Sophomore Cali Mikovich and senior Katie Smallcomb each hit a grand slam and the Youngstown State softball team recorded 11 hits in a 15-6 win over UNC-Greensboro on Sunday afternoon. The Penguins also lost to Iona, 11-4, earlier in the day.

Smallcomb went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and juniors Alexandria Gibson and Maria Lacatena each had three hits to lead the offense for the Penguins, who improve to 4-4 on the year.

The Penguins trailed 3-0 and used a seven-run fourth inning to take a 7-3 lead. Smallcomb singled to center field to score Gibson for the Penguins first run. Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio had a bases-loaded walk to score Lacatena, who doubled.  Jordan Macey also recorded a basesloaded walk to tie the game at 3-3.  

Mikovich followed with her first career grand slam to put the Penguins up 7-3.

The Penguins also scored four runs in the top of the sixth and four more in the top of the seventh.

Brittney Moffatt led off the sixth with a walk and moved to third after singles by Gibson and Lacatena. Smallcomb blasted her first career grand slam to right field to push the Penguins' lead to 11-4.

In the seventh, Gibson and Lacatena each had run-scoring singles and Hannah Lucas drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Macey was hit by pitch with the bases loaded.

Against Iona, Mikovich went 3-for-3 while Gibson went 2-for-4 in the 11-4 loss.

The Penguins take on Indiana State and Troy, Friday, March 4, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.