Freshman Maddi Lusk struck out a career-high 12 and scattered six hits and senior Caitlyn Minney recorded six strikeouts in six innings, but the Youngstown State dropped a doubleheader to UIC, 1-0 and 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at the YSU Softball Field.
The Penguins fall to 16-21 overall and 4-4 in the Horizon League while the Flames improve to 20-17 overall and 8-1 in the league.
Lusk and Minney were out-dueled by UIC's Elaine Heflin and Karissa Frazier. Helflin threw a nine-inning no-hitter and struck out 17 while Frazier allowed just three hits in the night cap.
In the opener, the Flames scored on a two-out single through the left side for the game's only run.
The Penguins and Flames conclude the three-game series on Sunday at Noon.