Youngstown, Ohio — Senior Casey Crozier tossed a one-hitter and senior Sarah Ingalls had four runs batted in and hit the first home run in facility history as the Youngstown State defeated Eastern Michigan, 7-0, in the debut of the YSU Softball Complex on Tuesday afternoon. The Penguins dropped game two, 6-3.
With the split the Penguins improve to 12-9 overall while Eastern Michigan improves to 8-16.
Crozier, who struck out five, picked up her seventh victory of the year and improves to 7-2 with a 1.94 earned-run average.
After four and a half scoreless innings, the Penguins finally broke through against Eastern Michigan starter Lindsay Rich in the bottom of the fifth. The Penguins, who had 10 hits, scored four runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 4-0 lead.
Freshman Sarah Dowd’s base-loaded two-run single up the middle scored sophomore Jordan Macey and senior Haley Knight to take a 2-0 lead. An error on Dowd’s single placed runners at second and third and Ingalls’ single to center plated sophomore Miranda Castiglione with the Penguins’ third run.
A bases loaded walk to freshman Maria Lacatena scored pinch-runner Darcella Blakey to take a 4-0 lead.
After singles by Knight and Castiglione, Ingalls left no room for doubt and clobbered her third home run of the year, a three-run shot, to deep left field to give the Penguins a seven-run advantage.
In game two, the Penguins twice answered deficits to the Eagles, but a three-run seventh inning could not be overcome and the Penguins fell, 6-3.
The Penguins, who had 10 hits in the second game as well, were led by Castiglione’s 3-for-4 outing and Knight’s 2-for-4 performance.
After the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the third, the Penguins quickly knotted the game on Knight’s double to center field.
Eastern Michigan took a 3-1 lead in the sixth, but the Penguins again rallied to tie the game at 3-3. Senior Samantha Snodgrass’ two-out single to left plated Castiglione to cut the deficit to one, 3-2.
A single by freshman Katie Smallcomb and a walk to junior Kayla Haslett loaded the bases and a wild pitch scored pinch-runner Alexis Schmidt with the game tying run.
Courtesy: YSU Sports Information