The Youngstown State softball team twice knocked off Saint Francis (Pa.) in extra innings on Thursday afternoon. The Penguins won game one, 5-3, in 10 innings and game two, 8-5, in eight innings.
In the opener, junior Courtney Ewing tied a school record with four hits and scored two runs to lead the Penguins (5-11). Senior Vicky Rumph drove in two runs and had three hits
Tied at 3-3 in the top of the 10th, Rumph and senior Sarah Gabel each collected run-scoring singles.
Junior Casey Crozier struck out five in a complete-game performance and picked up her fourth win of the season.
In the nightcap, the Penguins cranked out 11 hits and used late-inning heroics to complete the sweep.
The Penguins scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning keyed by a two-run double by Rumph and an RBI single by freshman Kelly Stowe.
Trailing 4-3 after four innings, junior Samantha Snodgrass gave the Penguins a 5-4 lead with a two-run home run, her second of the season.
The Red Flash knotted the game at 5-5 in the bottom half of the fifth.
In the top of the fourth and trailing 4-2, freshman Miranda Castiglione tripled and then scored on a ground out to get the Penguins within one, 4-3.
Senior Hana Somogyi pitched 32/3 scoreless innings of relief and allowed just two hits to pick up her first win of the season.
The Penguins visit Horizon League foe Wright State for a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch on Saturday is set for 1 p.m.