Softball Earns Sweep at Wright State, 1-0, 6-4

Elle Buffenbarger (Photo by Chris Kilroy)
Elle Buffenbarger (Photo by Chris Kilroy)

Dayton, Ohio -- The Youngstown State softball team extended its winning streak to seven games and swept the season series from Wright State with a pair of victories on Wednesday afternoon. The Penguins won game one, 1-0, in eight innings, and came from behind to win the night cap, 6-4.

The Penguins, who have won 10 of the last 12 Horizon League games, improve to 22-19 overall and 12-6 in the league. Wright State falls to 14-25 overall and 8-8 in the league.

Freshman Elle Buffenbarger fired a four-hit, complete-game shutout with six strikeouts to pick up her eighth victory of the year and the fifth in Horizon League play. 

Maddi Lusk went 4-for-4 and drove in the game's only run in the top of the eighth inning.

In the nightcap, the Penguins fell behind 4-0 after two innings, but answered with three runs in the top of the third and three more in the top of the fourth.

In the third, senior Cali Mikovich drove in Yazmine Romero and Lusk with a two-run double to cut the deficit in half. Elizabeth Birkbeck's bases-loaded infield single plated Mikovich to get the Penguins within one, 4-3.

The following innning, Romero and Lusk each walked and Lexi Zappitelli homered, but Zappitelli accidentally passed Lusk on the bases paths and was called out and credited with just two runs batted in.

After a rocky start, junior Paige Geanangel buckled down to pick up her 11th win of the season.

With three hits today, Romero set the YSU freshman single-season hits record with 55. She broke the record of 54 set by Tiffany Patteson in 2003.

Youngstown State plays its final regular season home games against Green Bay, April 27-28. YSU will celebrate Senior Day before Saturday's doubleheader.