Senior Sarah Dowd set the Youngstown State softball all-time home run record with a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning, but the Penguins softball team fell to Northern Kentucky, 11-3, on Thursday afternoon. Dowd hit the 35th home run of her career and broke the record of 34 set by McKenzie Bedra (2005-08).
With the loss, the Penguins fall to 17-24 overall and 5-7 in the Horizon League while the Norse improve to 11-26 overall and 5-7 in the league.
Northern Kentucky struck first with a four-run third inning capped by a two-run home run by Dani Devlin.
In the top of the fourth, junior Cali Mikovich reached on an error to lead off the frame and senior Brittney Moffatt double to right field to put runners on second and third. Dowd blasted her record-breaking home run to left field and cut the Penguins' deficit to 4-3.
The Norse, though, answered with five runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the bottom of the fifth.
Youngstown State returns home to host Wright State in a three-game series, April 18-19, at the YSU Softball Field.