Dowd ties YSU home run record


Staff report

Valparaiso, Ind.

Senior Sarah Dowd went 2-for-3 on Sunday and tied the all-time home run record, but the Youngstown State softball team dropped a 6-5 decision to Valparaiso.

Dowd tied McKenzie Bedra (2005-08) with 34 home runs when she hit a game-tying solo shot to left field in the top of the fifth inning.

After trailing 3-0 and 4-1, the Penguins (14-19, 4-2 Horizon) scored twice in the fourth and one in the fifth and sixth to take a 5-4 lead.

Valpo (17-9, 4-2) scored twice in the bottom half of the sixth to take a 6-5 and left YSU’s game-tying run at third base in the top of the seventh.

Freshman Tatum Christy went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Penguins offensively. Juniors Hannah Lucas and Stevie Taylor also had two hits for the Penguins, who had 14 hits, but left 11 runners stranded.

Down 4-1, freshman Maddi Lusk reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Taylor’s double to left-center field. Junior Lexi Roach’s infield single moved Taylor to third and Christy’s single up the middle to get the Penguins within one, 4-3.

Dowd knotted the game at 4-4 with a first-pitch one-out home run to left. Senior Maria Lacatena’s infield single plated Christy with the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth.

The Penguins return to action with a doubleheader at Niagara on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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