YSU bats go cold against Flames
The Youngstown State softball team’s pitching was solid, if not spectacular, on Saturday.
But UIC’s pitchers were even better.
The Flames used two shutouts — the first a nine-inning no-hitter by Elaine Heflin — to sweep a doubleheader from the Penguins, 1-0 and 4-0, at the YSU Softball Complex.
Heflin struck out 17 of the 30 batters she faced in the opener. YSU had just three baserunners in the game — two on walks and one on an error as Heflin outdueled Penguins freshman Maddi Lusk.
Lusk struck out a career-high 12, walked one and scattered six hits. She held the Flames scoreless until the top of the ninth, when Taylor Cairns delivered a two-out, RBI single through the left side. Cairns’ hit drove home pinch-runner Emily Wetzel.
Cairns and Tiana Mack-Miller each had two hits for UIC (20-17, 8-1 Horizon League).
Flames pitcher Karissa Frazier wasn’t unhittable in the second game, but still tossed a three-hit shutout. Frazier struck out just three and walked two, but UIC played errorless defense behind her.
Juniors Hannah Lucas and Cali Mikovich and senior Maria Lacatena each had singles for the Penguins (16-21, 4-4) in the nightcap.
YSU senior pitcher Caitlyn Minney recorded six strikeouts in six innings in relief of Paige Geanangel, who started and allowed two runs in the top of the first.
Cairns had three hits and Mack-Miller drove in three runs for UIC in the second game.
The Penguins and Flames conclude the three-game series today at noon.