Penguins win 10th straight league game
The Youngstown State softball team won its 10th straight Horizon League game with a 4-3 victory over Detroit Mercy on Saturday afternoon. The triumph also tied the program’s record for most wins in league play with 15.
The Penguins improve to 27-26 overall and 15-7 in the Horizon League while the Titans fall to 15-30 overall and 12-8 in the league.
YSU, which is 22-9 in its last 31 games, tied the wins mark set in 2016.
Junior Hannah Lucas went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored while senior Brittney Moffatt drove in three runs.
Freshman Maddi Lusk picked up her 14th win of the season pitching five innings while senior Caitlyn Minney collected the save with two scoreless innings of relief.
The Penguins scored twice in the top of the first on Moffatt’s run-scoring single that plated Lucas and senior Sarah Dowd’s sacrifice fly scored junior Cali Mikovich to give YSU a 2-0.
YSU took a 3-0 lead in the third when Lucas led off with a double, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on Moffatt’s sacrifice fly.
Detroit climbed back and tied the game at 3-3 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Penguins answered with a run in the top of the fifth inning. Junior Stevie Taylor and Lucas each singled to lead off the frame. After sacrifice bunt by Mikovich, Moffatt plated Taylor with the go-ahead run on a groundout to shortstop.
YSU and Detroit Mercy will conclude the regular season with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. today.
Wright State takes two games from Penguins
The Youngstown State baseball team dropped a pair of games that were decided late at Wright State, falling 7-6 and 10-7.
The Raiders, who moved into a tie for first place in the Horizon League with the sweep, got a walk-off win in game one. YSU led 6-4 after five innings in game two before Wright State rallied with four runs in the sixth.
Anthony Rohan doubled twice and tripled in the opener, and Trey Bridis and Alex Larivee both homered for the Penguins in game two.
The Penguins knotted the score at 6 in the top of the sixth in the opener with a two-out rally. Kyle Benyo started the offense with a single, and Rohan followed with a double. After a walk to Lorenzo Arcuri, Willoughby followed with a two-run single up the middle.
Matt Morrow tripled and came in to score on an error in the ninth as Wright State won.
In game two, Wright State put up a crooked number again in the first inning of game two and took a 4-0 lead. YSU scored the next six runs, including a grand slam by Bridis.
But WSU scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-6 lead.
YSU will play at Toledo on Tuesday at 3 p.m.