|Softball Swept By Pittsburgh|
|Thursday, April 30 2009|
|Canfield, Ohio -- Sophomore Kristina Rendle went 3-for-5 on the day but the Youngstown State softball team was swept by Pittsburgh, 9-0, 7-1, on Wednesday afternoon at McCune Park.
The Penguins fall to 8-37 overall while Pittsburgh improves to 23-22.
In the first game, Rendle went 2-for-2 while freshman Jordan Ingalls and senior Allyse Ledford each tallied base knocks for the Penguins.
In the nightcap, sophomore Kim Klonowski went 2-for-3 and freshman Kristen Philen drove in the Penguins' only run on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Penguins close out the regular season with a three-game series against Green Bay, May 2-3, at McCune Park. First pitch on Saturday is slated for 1 p.m.
|Rendle's Seventh Inning Single Gives Softball 500th Win|
|Sunday, April 26 2009|
| Indianapolis, Ind. -- Sophomore Kristina Rendle hit a two-out single to center field in the top of the seventh inning to lift the Youngstown State softball team to the program's 500th victory in a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Butler on Sunday afternoon.
The Penguins improve to 8-35 overall and 4-16 in the Horizon League while Butler falls to 23-26 overall and 12-11 in the Horizon League.
With the game tied at 5-5 in the seventh, senior Allyse Ledford, who went 2-for-4, hit a one-out single to center field and pinch runner Kristina Davidson advanced to second on Haley Thomas' single to left field and scored the game-winning run on Rendle's hit.
The Penguins trailed 5-3 after four innings but scored a run in the top of the fifth, and tied the game on Kim Klonowski's two-out single to left field which scored Thomas, who walked.
Klonowski led the Penguins' 13-hit offensive surge with a 3-for-5 performance. Rendle and Ledford each posted two hits and each Penguin starter recorded at least one hit.
Trailing 2-0 after one inning, the Penguins used a three-run second frame to take a 3-2 advantage. Ledford's two-run, two out double tied the contest at 2-2 and scored when Amanda Palmore reached on a Butler fielding error.
The Guins' lead did not last long when Butler scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-3 lead.
Junior Cheryl Cale picked up her seventh win of the season, pitching four innings with four strikeouts. Freshman Jordan Ingalls also tossed three scoreless innings.
The Penguins visit Niagara, Tuesday, April 28, for a doubleheader at 3 p.m.
|YSU Softball Swept By Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-1, 9-1|
|Friday, April 24 2009|
|Loretto, Pa. -- Youngstown State freshman Jordan Ingalls went 5-for-6 on the day and junior Cheryl Cale scattered seven hits in game one but the Youngstown State softball team dropped a pair of games to Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-1, 9-1, on Thursday afternoon.
The Penguins fall to 7-33 overall.
In the opener, Ingalls went 3-for-3 with a solo home run while
Autumn Grove, Amanda Palmore and Allyse Ledford each recorded singles.
In game two, Ingalls went 2-for-3 and freshman Kristen Philen
produced a run-scoring single.
Youngstown State visits Butler, April 25-26, in Indianapolis, Ind.
|Softball Takes Game One 2-1 In Split Against Akron|
|Thursday, April 23 2009|
|Canfield, Ohio -- The Youngstown State softball team scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 2-1 victory over Akron in the first game of a doubleheader at McCune Park. The Penguins lost the nightcap, 13-7.
The Penguins improve to 7-31 while the Zips move to 27-19.
Kim Klonowski led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double before pinch runner Melanie Conklin scored the game-winner. Senior Allyse Ledford homered in the victory.
Junior Cheryl Cale picked up her sixth victory firing a three-hit complete game.
In the nightcap, junior Autumn Grove went 3-for-4 and tied two school single-game records with two home runs and six runs batted in.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Grove led off the inning with a solo home run - her second of the year - to cut the deficit to 3-1.
After the Zips scored six runs in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to 9-1, Grove belted a three-run home run in the bottom half of the frame to bring the Guins within five, 9-4.
Freshman Kristen Philen singled to left field and sophomore Ashley Conger reached on an error to set up Grove's third home run of the season.
Akron added four more runs in the top of the seventh to balloon its lead to 13-4 before the Penguins scored three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame.
Sophomore Kristina Rendle singled through the left side and moved to third after two wild pitches.
Sophomore Kim Klonowski doubled to left field to plate Rendle to push the score to 13-5.
A Jordan Igalls walk and a single by Conger loaded the bases prior to a two-run single by Grove ended the scoring.
The Penguins visit Saint Francis (Pa.), Thursday, April 23, at 3 p.m. in Loretto, Pa.
|Klonowski Goes Deep Twice, Guins Swept By Cleveland State|
|Saturday, April 18 2009|
|Cleveland, Ohio -- Sophomore Kim Klonowski hit a two-run home run in each game but the Youngstown State was swept by Cleveland State, 6-2, 7-2, in a Horizon League softball doubleheader on Friday evening at Viking Field.
The Penguins fall to 6-29 overall and 3-13 in the Horizon League while Cleveland State improves to 24-13 overall and 12-3 in the league.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning, Klonowski clubbed her seventh home run of the season to tie the game at 2-2 after Haley Thomas led off the frame with a single to left field.
The Penguins, however, would not get another hit and the Vikings tallied a run in the bottom of the fourth to break the tie, two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.
In the night cap, the Penguins mustered just four hits led by Thomas' 2-for-3 performance and Klonowski's two run home run, her eighth of the year, in the sixth inning.
The Penguins and Vikings close out the series with a single game, Saturday, at 2 p.m.
|Klonowski, Thomas, Cale Power Softball to Split Against Toledo|
|Thursday, April 9 2009|
|Canfield, Ohio -- Sophomore Kim Kllonowski went 5-for-7 on the day with two home runs, a double and seven runs batted in, and junior Cheryl Cale tossed a complete-game four hitter in an 11-2 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader split against Toledo on Wednesday afternoon at McCune Park. The Penguins dropped the opener, 12-4.
Youngstown State improves to 6-24 overall while the Rockets move to 5-23.
In the nightcap, the Penguins hammered out 14 hits, led by three apiece from Klonowski and freshman Haley Thomas. Thomas went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run - her first career blast - and four runs scored. Klonowski singled, doubled and belted a two-run home run to enforce the eight-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Sophomore Ashley Conger, senior Allyse Ledford and freshman Kristen Philen each tallied two hits and Philen also drove in two runs with a single in YSU's four-run second inning.
The Penguins opened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first, four in the second and two more in the third to jump out to an 8-0 lead after three innings.
Already with a 6-0 lead in the third, Ledford singled through the left side with one out and scored on Thomas' opposite-field home run to left field.
Toledo mounted a surge in the top of the fourth with two runs but Cale squashed the threat.
The Penguins added one more in the bottom of the fourth on Ledford's run scoring single to right-field.
Klonowski, who drilled an RBI-double in the bottom of the first, belted her fifth home run of the season to right-center field to end the game, 11-2.
In the opener, Klonowski led the Penguins with a 2-for-3 performance with three runs batted in, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the four inning.
Thomas also went 2-for-3 and two runs scored.
The Penguins host Horizon League foe Valparaiso in a single-game, Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m. The Guins and Crusaders also square off in a doubleheader, Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m.
|Cale's Four-Hit Shutout Salvages Softball Split at UIC|
|Sunday, April 5 2009|
|Chicago, Ill. -- Junior Cheryl Cale fired a four-hitter with five strikeouts and freshman Kristen Philen went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in to lead the Youngstown State softball team to a 5-0 victory and a doubleheader split against UIC at Flames Field on Saturday afternoon. The Penguins lost the first game, 3-2.
Youngstown State improves to 5-23 overall and 3-8 in the Horizon League while the Flames move to 10-20 overall and 4-1 in the league.
In the top of the first, Philen drilled a two-out, bases-loaded double to left-center field to plate freshman Haley Thomas and sophomore Kim Klonowski to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Ashley Conger, who walked and moved to third on Philen's double, scored on a passed ball to extend the Guins' lead to 3-0 in the first inning.
The Penguins went up 4-0 in the top of the second when sophomore Kristina Rendle led of the frame with a single to center, advanced to second on Klonowski's infield single and scored on freshman Jordan Ingall's single up the middle.
Cale, who fired her second Horizon League shutout, pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the bottom of the second and third innings and then allowed just one runner passed first base the rest of the game.
In the top of the seventh, junior Erin Schindler doubled to lead of the inning and scored on a single by Rendle, who went 2-for-3, and ended the scoring.
In the opener, Cale allowed just six hits but was the hard-luck loser.
With the Penguins trailing 3-0, Philen belted her first career-home run in the top of the fifth inning to slice the deficit to 3-1.
The Guins added an unearned run in the sixth to get within 3-2 but stranded the bases loaded.
The Penguins and Flames close out the series with a single-game on Sunday at 1 p.m. (EDT).
|Detroit Slugs Way to Doubleheader Sweep of Softball|
|Saturday, April 4 2009|
|Canfield, Ohio -- Detroit tallied 11 hits in each game of a doubleheader en route to a sweep of the Youngstown State softball, 11-2, and 5-1, on Thursday afternoon at McCune Park.
The Penguins fall to 4-22 overall and 2-6 in the Horizon League while Detroit improves to 7-21 overall and 3-6 in the Horizon League.
In the opener, freshman Haley Thomas went 2-for-3 with a run scored and drove in a run as the Penguins were limited to just six hits.
In the second game, freshman Amanda Palmore went 2-for-3 with a double and sophomore Kim Klonowski drove in the Penguins' lone run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning.
Thomas led off the bottom of the first with a triple to center field and scored on Klonowski fly out to center to batters later.
The Penguins visit UIC, April 4-5, for a three-game series in Chicago, Ill. First pitch on Saturday is slated for 2 p.m.
|Detroit Uses Five-Run Fourth for 7-1 Win Over Softball|
|Thursday, April 2 2009|
|Canfield, Ohio -- Detroit scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning en route to a 7-1 victory over the Youngstown State softball team on Wednesday evening at McCune Park.
The Penguins fell to 4-20 overall and 2-5 in the Horizon League while the Titans improve to 5-21 overall and 1-6 in the league.
The Penguins were limited to just five fits by Detroit's Jill Perry, who struck out two and did not allow a walk.
Perry allowed just one runner passed second base - pinch-runner Tasha Hess, who scored on Amanda Palmore's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Detroit pounded out 13 hits, including a two home runs in the five-run fourth inning.
The Penguins and Titans close out the series with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at McCune Park.