Three-Run Fifth Leads to 8-7 Comeback Victory, Completes Sweep of Cleveland State

Caitlyn Minney (Photo by Trevor Parks)
Caitlyn Minney (Photo by Trevor Parks)

The Youngstown State softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap an 8-7 come-from-behind victory and complete the season series sweep over Cleveland State on Sunday afternoon at the YSU Softball Field.

With the win, the Penguins improve to 26-26 overall and 14-7 in the Horizon League, and recorded their ninth straight Horizon League win and the third straight series sweep.

Senior Sarah Dowd went 2-for-3with a solo home run and senior Brittney Moffatt went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in.

Senior Caitlyn Minney struck out seven in five innings and allowed three hits to pick up the victory. Junior Hannah Lucas went 2-for-3 and scored two runs and freshman Elizabeth Birkbeck posted a two-run single.

Down 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth, Birkbeck's two-out, two-run pinch-hit single scored Dowd and freshman Maddi Lusk, who both singled, to tie the game. After a walk to Lucas loaded the bases, freshman Tatum Christy scored on a wild pitch with the eventual game-winning run.

Cleveland State scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but Moffatt's run-scoring single that plated Lucas cut the deficit to 3-1. 

The Penguins took a 4-3 lead after scoring three in the bottom half of the second inning. Taylor and Lucas scored on a two-out error that tied the game and Cali Mikovich scored on Moffatt's double to right-center field.

The Vikings took a 7-4 lead after Aubrie Tone hit a grand slam in the top of the third inning. Dowd cut into the Vikings lead with a solo home run in to bottom half of the frame to get within two, 7-5.

The Penguins close out the regular season with a three-game series at Detroit Mercy, May 5-6, in Detroit, Mich.