Junior Casey Crozier fired a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts, and freshman Kelly Stowe went 2-for-3, including a home run, to lead the Youngstown State softball team to a 6-0 win over Loyola in game two of a doubleheader at McCune Park. The Penguins dropped the first game, 6-0.
The Penguins improve to 11-18 overall and 5-6 in the Horizon League while the Ramblers move to 20-14 overall and 8-3 in the league.
Crozier, who improves to 10-5, allowed just five base runners and no Loyola runner reached third base. Crozier retired the first eight batters she faced before giving up an infield single and sat down the final five batters of the game.
The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after a run-scoring single by Samantha Snodgrass and an RBI-double by Vicky Rumph.
In the fourth, the Penguins sent nine batters to the plate and scored three runs to push the lead to 5-0.
Stowe led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run – her third of the year – to put the Ramblers away.
In game one, the Penguins mustered just four hits and committed four errors in the 6-0 loss.
The Penguins and Ramblers close out the series with a single-game, Friday, at 3 p.m. at McCune Park.