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Phantoms clinch perfect road trip

GENEVA, ILL.

Nine different players registered a point for the Youngstown Phantoms (25-18-4-1, 55 points) as they completed a perfect three-in-three weekend by downing the Chicago Steel 4-2 on Sunday at Fox Valley Ice Arena.

“Except for the power-play goal, all our goals tonight came from being simple,” said Phantoms head coach Brad Patterson. “Nothing flashy about it, just putting pucks to the net, having net front [presence] and winning foot races.”

Matt Barry, Joey Abate, Mike Regush and MarkCardelli scored goals for the Phantoms. The Steel’s goals came from Aaro Vidgren and Brian Hurley.

The victory moved the Phantoms into sole possession of second place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the idle Dubuque Fighting Saints. Dubuque has two games in hand on the Phantoms but will pick up one of those games this week with a Wednesday night contest against the Green Bay Gamblers.

Youngstown returns home for a two-game series against the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday and Saturday night. Puck drop both nights is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the games will broadcast on YPHR and HockeyTV.

YSU softball drops two games at Winthrop

Rock Hill, S.C.

The Youngstown State softball team fell to 4-9 after dropping a pair of games on Sunday at the Winthrop Tournament. The Penguins lost to Eastern Kentucky, 7-6, and Winthrop, 4-0.

Against the Colonels, the Penguins used a six-run fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead over EKU. Alexis Roach led off the inning by reaching on an error and a walk by Stevie Taylor and a single by Cali Mikovich loaded the bases. A bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Elizabeth Birkbeck got the Penguins on the board, and Hannah Lucas was hit by a pitch that plated Taylor with the tying run.

Yazmine Romero singled through the left side to score Mikovich and Maddi Lusk’s two-run double to right-center field put the Penguins up 5-2. Romero then scored on a passed ball.

But YSU couldn’t keep the lead.

The Colonels scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh to complete the comeback.

Against Winthrop, the Penguins tallied just three hits in the 4-0 loss.

The Penguins return to action with a single game against South Carolina at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Seton Hall defeats YSU baseball team, 11-3

KISSIMMEE, FLA.

The Youngstown State baseball team dropped an 11-3 decision to Seton Hall on Sunday morning in its final game at the Kissimmee Irish Classic.

Blaze Glenn went 2 for 5 with a pair of singles while Nick LaBrasca and Nick Massey each singled as well to record the first hits of their careers.

Seton Hall led 6-0 before YSU rallied in the sixth.

Nick Massey hit a leadoff single through the right side. Nick LaBrasca reached on a throwing error with one out and Zach Lopatka was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Drew Dickerson walked with two outs to score YSU’s first run of the day. In the ensuing at-bat, Nick Caruso reached on a fielder’s choice and two runs were able to score, cutting Seton Hall’s lead to 6-3.

The Pirates created some breathing room with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and three in the seventh to go up 11-3.

Zach Lopatka took the loss for YSU after allowing four runs, two of them earned, on four hits over 3.2 innings in his first start of the season. Ricky DeVito gave up three unearned runs on two hits over six innings of work on his way to earning the win.

Zack Minney, Dalton Earich, Austin Butler and Jakob Brustoski all made appearances out of the bullpen for the Penguins.

The Penguins were held to just four hits on the day and left 10 runners on base as they fell to 1-8 on the season. Seton Hall improved to 4-5 with the victory.

YSU travels to Lynchburg, Va. for games against Liberty on Tuesday and Wednesday. Each is set to begin at 3 p.m.

From staff and wire reports

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