March 2006

Burnell's Six-Hit Shutout Leads Penguins to Sweep of Toledo, 6-4, 1-0
Thursday, March 30 2006
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Toledo, Ohio -- Youngstown State junior Karlie Burnell fired a six-hit, complete-game shutout and senior Lacey Hess drove home the game-winning run with an RBI-single to the top of the seventh inning of game two to lead the Penguins to a doubleheader sweep of Toledo, 6-4, and 1-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Scott Park.
Hess broke up a scoreless tie with a one-out run scoring single which plate Lacy Bronson, who singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Burnell struck out three and walked three in the complete-game performance.
In game one, freshman Kristen McDonnell belted her second home run of the season in the top of the first inning while sophomore Becky Hibner drove in two runs with a single in the top of the second inning.
In the top of the third, back-to-back doubles by Jamie Fornal and McKenzie Bedra put the Penguins ahead, 4-0, and a RBI-single by Lacy Bronson pushed the Penguins lead to 5-0.
After the Rockets posted three runs in the fourth and on in the fifth, YSU added an insurance run in the top of the sixth to pull out the 6-4 victory.
Youngstown State host Wright State, Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m. at McCune Park.
Pittsburgh Takes Two From Penguins
Friday, March 24 2006
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Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Despite two solid performances from the pitching staff and a 4-for-6 performance from sophomore Jamie Fornal, the Youngstown State softball team (1-8) dropped a pair of games to Pittsburgh, 4-2, and 2-1, on Thursday afternoon at Trees Field.
The Penguins' pitching staff allowed just one earned run in each game while the offense left 13 runners on base during the doubleheader.
In the opener, Fornal put the Penguins ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth with a run-scoring scoring single which plated Becky Hibner, who singled to right field.
After the Panthers tied the game in the bottom half of the frame, senior Tiffany Patteson gave the Penguins a 2-1 edge with an RBI-single in the top of the fifth.
Pittsburgh, though, added two runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the bottom of the sixth to seal the game one victory.
In the night cap, freshman Tasha Hess and junior Karlie Burnell combined for a three-hitter but the Panthers capitalized on two Penguins errors to pull out the 2-1 victory.
Pittsburgh scored single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to jump out to a 2-0 lead before Fornal, who went 2-for-3, belted her first career home run in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 2-1.
Youngstown State visits Toledo, Wednesday, March 29, at 3 p.m.
McDonnell Named Horizon League Softball Player of the Week
Tuesday, March 21 2006
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Indianapolis, Ind. -- Youngstown State freshman Kristen McDonnell (Keizer, Ore.) was named the Horizon League Softball Player of the Week, the Horizon League announced on Tuesday.
McDonnell helped the Penguins to a 1-2 record last week while batting .571 (4-for-7) with a double, home run, four RBI and three runs scored. She also finished with a 1.143 slugging percentage and a .571 slugging percentage.
Against Kent State, McDonnell belted her first career home run with two runs batted in. In the 11-1 win over Robert Morris, McDonnell was 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. For the season, McDonnell is batting .412 with four runs scored, two doubles, a home run and four RBI. She also owns a .706 slugging percentage.
The Penguins visit Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 23, at 3 p.m.
YSU Drops Two at Buckeye Classic
Saturday, March 18 2006
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Columbus, Ohio -- The Youngstown State softball team fell to 0-6 after dropping a pair of games to Pittsburgh, 8-0, in five innings and Kent State 12-5, on Saturday afternoon at the 2006 Buckeye Classic.
In the first game against Pittsburgh, the Penguins committed four errors while the Panthers' Meghan Bostwick fired a four-hit, complete-game shutout with seven strikeouts.
Against the Golden Flashes, the Penguins jumped out to an early 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning after a two-run home run by freshman Kristen McDonnell and a run scoring single from Megan Bricker.
Kent State, though, posted six runs in the top of the second, one in the fifth and five more in the top of the seventh to put the game away.
The Penguins face Robert Morris, Sunday, at 3 p.m.
Penguins Drop Two on Day on at Frostbite Tournament
Sunday, March 5 2006
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Lexington, Ky. -- Youngstown State senior Tiffany Patteson went 5-for-7 with a double and a triple to open the season but the Penguin softball team dropped two games on day one of the Frostbite Classic after a 9-0 loss to Kentucky and a 3-2 loss to Morehead State on Saturday afternoon.
Patteson went 3-for-3 with a double in the season0-opner against Kentucky and 2-for-4 against Morehead State.
The Penguins face Ohio and Belmont at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively.