|Seventh-Inning Homer Lifts UWGB Past Penguins, 5-4|
|Sunday, April 17 2005|
|Canfield, Ohio -- UW-Green Bay's Katie Groshek's two-out, two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning lifted the Phoenix (12-13, 5-3 Horizon League) past Youngstown State (16-25, 2-9 Horizon League), 5-4, on Sunday at McCune Park.
UWGB's Ali Rostkowski led off the frame with a double to center field and moved to third on Stephanie Hansen's sacrifice bunt. Tiffany Patteson diving stop on a Michelle Kaminski's ground out kept Rostkowski at third moments prior to Groshek's game-winner.
Groshek's rounded-tripper answered YSU freshman McKenzie Bedra's three-run blast in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Penguins a short-lived 4-3 advantage. Trailing 3-1, the Penguins' patience at the plate led to walks by Sarah Berry and Sarah Conklin, who both scored on Bedra's fifth home run of the season. Bedra went 3-for-3 with three RBI.
Coming on to relieve Lisa Meissner after Bedra's homer, Kristin Kosobucki walked the first two batters she faced - Codi Bise and Becky Hibner - to put runners on first and second with no outs. Kosobucki induced two infield-fly-rule outs and then forced Patteson to foul out to end the threat.
The Penguins got on the board first when Patteson led off the bottom of the first with a triple - the 14th of her career and a new school record - and then scored on Lacy Bronson's sacrifice fly.
The Phoenix tied the game at 1-1 with a run in the third and added two more in the top of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
The Penguins visit Cleveland State Tuesday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in Cleveland, Ohio
|Penguins Fall Twice to UW-Green Bay, 1-0, 7-1|
|Saturday, April 16 2005|
| Canfield, Ohio -- The Youngstown State softball team fell to 16-24 overall and 2-8 in the Horizon League after dropping a doubleheader to UW-Green Bay (11-13, 4-3 Horizon League), 1-0, and 7-1 on Saturday afternoon at McCune Park.
In game one, UW-Green Bay's Kristin Kosobucki fired a no-hitter while striking out 12 and retiring the final 19 Penguin batters she faced.
YSU sophomore Tricia Hilbish tossed a complete game and allowed just five hits and picked up the hard-luck loss.
In the night cap, UWGB's Stephanie Hansen fired a two-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead the Phoenix to a 7-1 victory. Hanson also went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.
The Phoenix sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second and posted four runs in that frame. They plated three runs in the top of the fourth after sending nine batters to the plate.
YSU senior Erin Moore's pinch-hit single to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning broke up Hansen's no-hit bid and later scored on Lacy Bronson's single to right field.
YSU and UWGB conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 11 a.m. at McCune Park.
|Penguins Sweep Robert Morris, 2-0, 10-9|
|Thursday, April 14 2005|
|Canfield, Ohio -- Youngstown State junior Tiffany Patteson's two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Lacey Hess and lifted the Penguins (16-20) past Robert Morris, 10-9, in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday at McCune Park. The Penguins won game one, 2-0.
Trailing 9-6 in the top of the seventh, Robert Morris used a two-out rally to scored three runs and tie the game, 9-9, keyed by a two-run home run by Ashlee Smith.
The Colonials jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a three-run home run to right-center field by Kali Byers.
Youngstown State took the lead, 6-2, after posting six runs in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, senior Char Kudlock singled home Becky Hibner and moved to second on the throw. Patteson followed with a single up the middle to plate Kudlock and then stole second. Patteson scored on Lacy Bronson's single to center field and tied the game, 3-3.
After freshman Sarah Conklin walked, freshman McKenzie Bedra belted her fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot to put the Penguins ahead, 6-3.
The Colonials tallied two runs in the top of the third to cut the YSU advantage to 6-5. YSU, though, regained a three-run cushion, 8-5, on Char Kudlock's two-out home run to left field.
Robert Morris trimmed the lead to 8-6 with a run in the fourth, but the Penguins responded with one in the bottom half of the frame to push their lead to 9-6 after four innings. Bronson led off the inning with a triple and scored on Conklin's sacrifice fly.
In game one, junior Kelly Murphy and senior Ashley Lockmiller, who picked up the save, combined for a five-hit shutout. Murphy tossed six innings and struck out four with one walk.
The Penguins visit Canisius, Thursday, April 14, at 3 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y.
|Penguins Hold Off Titans Rally for 6-5 Victory|
|Sunday, April 10 2005|
|Canfield, Ohio -- Youngstown State freshman Jamie Fornal's two-out, pinch-hit RBI-single in the bottom of the broke a 5-5 tie and junior Kelly Murphy staved off a no-out bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh as the Penguins defeated Detroit, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon at McCune Park.
YSU improves to 14-20 overall and 2-6 in the Horizon League while Detroit falls to 10-12 overall and 3-2 in the Horizon League.
The Penguins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead sending eight batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and capitalizing on two Detroit errrors. YSU added two more runs in the bottom of the third in part to another Detroit miscue.
After posting a run in the top of the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 5-1, the Titans tied the contest with four runs in the top of the fifth. Sarah Dickey led off the frame with a bunt single and scored on Anna Ollgaard's single to right field. Michelle Baggio, who homered off of Murphy on Saturday, belted a three-run home run over the center field fence to tie the game.
In the bottom of the inning, Lacy Bronson singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored the go-ahead run on Fornal's safety to left field.
The Penguins host Robert Morris, Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. at McCune Park.
|Titans Silent Penguins' Bats in DH Sweep|
|Sunday, April 10 2005|
|Canfield, Ohio -- Detroit's Lindsay Roy fired a two-hitter and Anna Ollgaard tossed a three-hitter to guide the Titans (10-11, 3-1 Horizon League) to a doubleheader sweep over Youngstown State (13-20, 1-6 Horizon League), 6-0, and 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at McCune Park.
In game one, the Titans capitalized on three YSU errors to post two runs in the third inning, three in the fifth and one in the seventh frame in the 6-0 victory. YSU pitchers Tricia Hilbish, who took the loss, and Ashley Lockmiller allowed just one earned run in the setback.
YSU junior Kelly Murphy fired a five-hitter in the night cap but made one mistake. Detroit's Michelle Baggio belted a solo home run over the center field fence to lead off the fifth inning for the game's only run.
YSU and Detroit conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at McCune Park.
|Penguins Spit With Toledo|
|Friday, April 8 2005|
|Canfield, Ohio -- Freshmen Sarah Conklin and Kelli Sheilbley each collected two hits and sophomore Tricia Hilbish tossed a five-hit complete game to lead the Youngstown State softball team to a 6-3 victory and a doubleheader split against Toledo on Thursday at McCune Park. YSU lost game one, 6-2.
YSU improves to 13-18 overall while Toledo improves to 19-11 overall.
The Penguins jumped to a 6-0 lead after posting a run in the second inning, two in the third and three more in the third.
Junior Lacy Bronson reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Sheibley's two-out single to left field.
In the bottom of the third, Megan Bricker's bases-loaded walk plated Sarah Berry, who walked, and Bethany Hafley's bases-loaded ground out scored Conklin, who singled to left field.
The Penguins capitalized on two Toledo errors in the bottom of the fourth to give them a 6-0 advantage.
Toledo posted runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to cut YSU's lead in half. Leslie Stong connected on a solo home run in the top of the seventh for Toledo's final run.
In the first game, Toledo's Kim Pettitt tossed five innings of one hit ball and went 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and four runs batted in to lead the Rockets to a 6-2 win.
YSU's Tiffany Patteson went 2-for-3 for the Penguins while hurler Ashley Lockmiller threw a complete game and did not allow an earned run in the loss.
The Penguins host Detroit, Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m. in McCune Park.
|YSU Salvages Split with Ohio|
|Wednesday, April 6 2005|
|Athens, Ohio -- Youngstown State pounded out 11 hits and senior pitcher Ashley Lockmiller tossed a five-hitter and allowed just one earned run to pace the Penguins (12-17) to a 6-3 victory and salvage a doubleheader split against Ohio (12-24) on Tuesday afternoon at the Ohio Softball Field. The Penguins lost game one, 4-2, on a walk-off home run by Jenny Tisevich in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Junior Lacey Hess' bases-clearing double in the top of the first inning gave the Penguins quick 3-0 lead. After Ohio responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame, senior Char Kudlock and junior Tiffany Patteson, who collected two apiece, ripped back-to-back doubles in the top of the second to regain a three-run advantage, 4-1.
The Bobcats sliced the deficit to one, 4-3, with two unearned runs in the bottom of the second.
YSU added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh when Kudlock and Patteson each tallied run scoring singles.
YSU returns home against Toledo, Thursday, April 7. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at McCune Park in Canfield, Ohio.
|Penguins Squander Five-Run Lead, Fall to UIC, 8-7|
|Sunday, April 3 2005|
| Chicago, Ill -- The Youngstown State softball team led 7-2 after four-and-a-half innings but allowed UIC four runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the 8-7 come-from-behind victory and complete the sweep on Sunday afternoon at Flames Field. YSU falls to 11-16 overall and 1-4 in the Horizon League while UIC improves to 23-16 overall and 3-0 in the Horizon League.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and trailing 7-6, UIC's Cameron Astiazaran single to center field and moved to third on Brittany Dixon's single to right field. Sara Hernandez two-run double plated Astiazaran and Dixon with the game-tying and game winning runs.
Youngstown State, which recorded 12 hits, jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after one inning. Freshman Bethany Hafley began the spurt with a one-out single to left field. Hafley stole second, moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on Sarah Berry's single right field.
After Berry stole second, Sarah Conklin singled home Berry and move to second on the throw home. McKenzie Bedra, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI, doubled home Conklin to give YSU a 3-0 advantage.
UIC cut the deficit to one run, 3-2, with two runs in the bottom of the second, YSU YSU responded with two more in the top of the third to take a 5-2 lead. Bedra belted a solo home run with one out and senior Char Kudlock cross the plate with an unearned run before the rally ended.
In the top of the fourth, Berry, who went 3-for-4, single, stole second and scored on Bedra's second double of the game. In the fifth, Berry's infield single which scored Tiffany Patteson, capped the Penguins' scoring.
Youngstown State faces Ohio, Tuesday, April 5, at 2 p.m. in Athens, Ohio.
|Youngstown State Swept By UIC|
|Sunday, April 3 2005|
|Chicago, Ill -- The Youngstown State softball (11-15, 1-3 Horizon League) could not overcome two early-inning deficits and dropped a pair of games to Illinois-Chicago, 3-2, and 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Flames Field.
In game one, UIC jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after one inning, but the Penguins rallied to tie the game, 2-2, with two runs in the top of the third.
Senior Char Kudlock, who went 2-for-3, led off the frame with a single up the middle and junior Tiffany Patteson's bunt single moved Kudlock to second. Bethany Hafley loaded the bases with a single to right field. Sarah Berry single through the left side to scored Kudlock and Patteson scored the tying run on Sarah Conklin's ground out.
The Flames, however, responded with the game-deciding run in the bottom half of the third.
Junior Kelly Murphy picked up the loss while scattering seven hits.
The Penguins threatened in the top of the fourth but UIC starter Brittany McIntyre pitched out of the jam as YSU left runners on second and third.
In the night cap, senior Ashley Lockmiller fired a three-hitter but gave up a two-run home run to Sara Hernandez in the bottom of the first inning and allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
UIC's Mercedes Lovato gave up just two hits and allowed one unearned run in the complete-game victory.
The Flames and Penguins conclude the three-game series, Sunday, at 2 p.m. (EDT).
|Bedra's Infield Single Lifts YSU to Doubleheader Split Against Pitt|
|Friday, April 1 2005|
|Canfield, Ohio -- Freshman McKenzie Bedra's two-out, pinch-hit infield single plated pinch-runner Lacy Bronson and capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Youngstown State (11-13) to a 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh in game two of a doubleheader on Thursday evening at McCune Park. Pittsburgh won game one, 5-1.
Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, senior Char Kudlock, who went 3-for-3, led off the frame with an infield single and junior Tiffany Patteson, who went 2-for-4, singled to right field. With one out, Kudlock advanced to third base on Sarah Berry's fly out to center field.
Freshman Jamie Fornal singled to center and moved to second while Patteson advanced to third and Kudlock scored to cut the deficit to 5-4. After an intentional walk was issued to Bethany Hafely to load the bases, freshman Sarah Conklin was also walked and forced across Patteson with the game-tying run.
Youngstown State scored in each of the first three innings while the Panthers plated runs in the second, third and fourth innings and two more in the top of the fifth to take a 5-3 advantage.
Freshman Becky Hibner belted her first career home run in the top of the third inning.
The Penguins visit Horizon League member Illinois-Chicago for a three-game series, April 2-3, in Chicago, Ill. First pitch on both days is set for 2 p.m. EDT.