The Youngstown State softball team used a five-run second inning to take the lead, but could not hold off Loyola and dropped a series finale to the Ramblers, 8-5, on Friday at McCune Park.
The Penguins fall to 11-19 overall and 5-7 in the Horizon League and the Ramblers improve to 21-14 overall and 9-3 in the league.
After allowing two runs in the top of the first and second innings, the Penguins exploded for five in the bottom half of the second to take a 5-4 lead.
Miranda Castigione doubled down the left-field line to lead off the inning then a walk to Samantha Troxell and a single by Caroline Krombach loaded the bases.
Back-to-back walks to Courtney Ewing and Samantha Snodgrass cut the deficit in half, 4-2, and Vicky Rumph’s single to center tied the game at 4-4.
Senior Sarah Gabel gave the Penguins the lead with a single on the left side of the infield that plated Snodgrass.
The Ramblers regained the lead for good on a two-run home run by Lauren Zaworski in the top of the third.
Sophomore Kayla Haslett pitched five innings of relief giving up four hits and no earned runs with three strikeouts.
The Penguins’ offense was stymied over the last five innings by Loyola Kristina Vizza, who allowed just four hits and no runs.
Rumph went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Sarah Ingalls had two singles for the Penguins.
The Penguins host Green Bay in a doubleheader today starting at 1 p.m. at McCune Park.