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Penguins earn 6th straight win

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown State softball team defeated Oakland, 6-1, on Saturday to earn the season series sweep and its sixth straight victory.

Senior Brittney Moffatt went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and three RBIs and classmate Alex Gibson had a pair of singles and drove in run to lead the Penguins (11-17, 3-0 Horizon League).

Freshman pitcher Maddi Lusk (7-7) picked up her fourth straight win tossing a complete-game four hitter and not allowing an earned run. Lusk, who struck out two, helped her own cause with a run-scoring double in YSU’s three-run sixth inning.

Moffatt was responsible for the Penguins’ first three-runs. She ripped a run-scoring single to center field in the bottom of first that plated junior Hannah Lucas and belted a her first home run of the year in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the sixth, the Golden Grizzlies (7-13, 0-3) scored an unearned run and threatened to take the lead with the bases loaded and two outs. Oakland’s Jamie Squires ripped a line drive inches foul down the first-base line before grounding out to shortstop to end the threat.

The Penguins responded with a three-run sixth to put the game out of reach. Senior Maria Lacatena led off the frame with a double to left-center field, and Sarah Dowd‘s bunt single put runners at the corners.

Lusk followed with a double to right-center that scored pinch-runner Alexa Schmidt. Gibson’s squeeze bunt attempt turned into a run-scoring single that plated Dowd, and Demi Ann Patonis‘ RBI-single to center scored pinch-runner Lexi Roach with game’s final run.