NILES -- Jerry Long fired a one-hitter, leading Cleveland State to a 3-1 victory over Youngstown State Sunday at Cafaro Field.
Long (2-4) allowed a first-inning run and held the Penguins (11-16, 5-4 Horizon League) without a hit until Clint Ford beat out an infield single with two outs in the seventh.
Cleveland State (9-22, 4-4) scored a run in the seventh and two more in the ninth.
In the first, Ty Furino walked with one out and stole second. On a double steal, Furino scored when the catcher's throw sailed into left field.
YSU starter Jonathan Smart allowed a single to open the game by Pat Smith and didn't allow another hit until the seventh.
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Youngstown State's bid for an upset over league-leading Loyola fell short in a 5-4 loss.
The Ramblers defeated the Penguins 14-2 in the second game.
YSU (10-24, 1-7 Horizon League) trailed 3-0 entering the sixth inning. Freshman Erin Moore led off with a walk and advanced to second on Zetta Dumkrieger's single and scored on Amanda Berry's double.
With runners on second and third, sophomore Jenn Hartman hit a two-run single to tie the score at 3.
The Penguins took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th as Dumkrieger drove in Char Kudlock with a single.
The Rambers (17-18, 8-0) evened it up and scored the winning run on a bunt single by Sue Stanley in the bottom half of the inning.
Dumkrieger and Berry each had two hits for the Penguins in the loss.
In the nightcap, Dumkrieger and Jenn Hartman each went 2-for-4 to lead YSU.
LIBERTY -- Jasmine Smith of Liberty won the 100 (12.4 seconds) and 200 (26.4) and anchored the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relays Saturday in the Liberty Invitational. Her name was misspelled in Sunday's edition.
ASHLAND -- The Fairfield (Calif.) High softball team scored two runs off two Boardman errors in the sixth inning to defeat the Spartans 2-0 Saturday night in the Wendy's Classic.
Fairfield pitcher Alicia Hollowell (19-5), who holds the national high school strikeout record, fanned 15 Boardman batters.
Boardman's Jennifer Pancake (3-1) held Fairfield to three hits, striking out three and walking none.
Gina Rango and Krysta Sylvester each had two hits for the Spartans (11-3), who went 1-2 in the tournament.
MANSFIELD -- Tjawonkher Davis of Warren Harding High finished fourth in the 200-meter dash in 22.57 seconds at the Mansfield Mehock Relays.
The Raiders placed 14th with 12 points. Eighty schools participated in the event which was won by Middletown with 68 points.
Rob Massucci, Mike Simpson, Richard Davis and Tjawonkher Davis placed fourth in the 4x100 relay (43.65).
Massucci, Simpson, Mike Kokal and Tjawonkher Davis finished fourth in the 4x200 relay in a school record 1:31.36.
Simpson placed seventh in the 200 (22.93) and Massucci finished seventh in the 100 (11.29).
Walsh beats Irish
STRUTHERS -- Walsh Jesuit scored at least one run each of the first five innings as it upended Ursuline 10-3 in the Parochial tournament Saturday at Cene Park.
Pat Sipusic paced the Irish with a triple.
Fusion win opener
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Shannon Anderson, a Youngstown native, caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mary Deitrick as the Cleveland Fusion blanked the South Bend Golden Hawks 39-0 at Niles stadium.
Backup quarterback Denise Naples, a Niles native, scored on a 10-yard run for the Fusion in the fourth quarter.
Turning in stellar performances for the Fusion were wide receiver Donna Wertz, a YSU graduate, and Danielle Carson of Youngstown on defense.
Ben Wallace votedbest on defense
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Ben Wallace, the Detroit Pistons forward, won the Defensive Player of the Year award by a record-setting margin.
Wallace received 116 of 120 votes (96.7 percent) to become the first Pistons player to win the award since Dennis Rodman in 1991.
Vindicator staff/wire reports