Softball Sweeps Akron For Sixth Straight Win

Elizabeth Birkbeck (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Elizabeth Birkbeck (Photo by Robert Hayes)

Sophomore Nikki Saibene two-out single to center field in the bottom of the seventh of game two scored Elizabeth Birkbeck to lift the Youngstown State softball team to a 6-5 win over Akron and extended its winning streak to six games. The Penguins also won the opener, 2-1.

After the sweep, the Penguins improve to 10-17 while the Zips fall to 6-16-2 overall.

Birkbeck went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and two doubles in the nightcap while Yazminem Romero, Grace Cea and Alex DeLeon each had two hits. 

After the Zips failed to break the 5-5 tie in the top half of the seventh, including have a runner throw out at home, Birkbeck's one-out double in the bottom half of the seventh put a runner in scoring position. DeLeon's single to right field advanced Birkbeck third, and she scored on Saibene's game-winning hit.

Akron jumped out to a 1-0 lead after posting a run in the top of the second. Youngstown State answered with three in the bottom of the third on Birkbeck's two-out bases-clearing double to left-center field and put the Penguins up 3-1.

The Zips stormed back to take a 5-3 lead with four runs on six hits in the top of the fifth. Again the Penguins answered with a pair of runs to knot the game at 5-5 in the bottom half of the frame. Cea doubled to center field and Tatum Christy reached on an error to keep the Penguins inning alive. Back-to-back singles by Birkbeck and DeLeon plated Cea and Christy, respectively to tie the game.

In the opener, freshman Addy Jarvis fired a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts for her sixth win of the season. 

Saibene's bases-loaded hit by pitch scored Christy and Romero's run-scoring single that plated Birkbeck in the bottom of the second put the Penguins up and that was all the offense Jarvis needed. The lone hit Jarvis gave up was a solo home run in the to of the fourth inning. She retired the first 10 batters and then 11 of the 10 of the final 12. She faced one batter above the minimum.

Youngstown State closes out its nine-game homestand with a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure, Wednesday, March 27, at 3 p.m.