The Youngstown State softball team's bid for its second Horizon League Championship and NCAA Regional Tournament berth came up short after a 6-3 loss to UIC in the tournament title game on Saturday afternoon at Flames Field.
The Penguins finish the 2017 season with an overall record of 31-28 and earned their second runner-up finish since 2013. The 31 wins are the second most in school history
UIC jumped out to a 5-0 lead after scoring one in the first, three in the third and one more in the fourth.
Mikovich who went 2-for-3, laced a one-out double to right-center field and scored on Lacatena's two out double to right to cut the lead to 5-1.
The Flames answered with a run in the bottom half of the frame on a two-out single by Lexi Watts.
Youngstown State made a late surge in the top of the seventh. Mikovich triple to right field and score on Brittney Moffatt's ground out to first. Lacatena belted a solo home run to cut the lead in half, 6-3, but the Penguins could not get any closer.
Lacatena went 3-for-3 with two RBIs while Mikovich doubled and tripled and scored two runs for the Penguins.