May 2009

Guins Squander Opportunities, Eliminated by Valpo, 10-2
Saturday, May 9 2009
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Pendleton, Ind. -- Youngstown State put runners in scoring position in every inning, but the Penguins went 2-for-14 in those opportunities while Valparaiso capitalized on its scoring chances to eliminate YSU from the 2009 Horizon League Softball Championship with a 10-2 decision on Friday morning at Legends Field.

The Penguins conclude the season with an 8-42 overall record while the Crusaders improve to 25-23 and face Loyola at 4 p.m. in an elimination game.

Freshman Haley Thomas, who went 5-for-6 in the tournament, went 3-for-3 with a double and scored both Penguins' runs.

Freshman Jordan Ingalls was 2-for-3 with a run-scoring single and junior Autumn Grove also went 2-for-3.

Thomas led off the game with a single and scoring on Ingalls two-out single to left field.

Valpo answered with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead and Jill Jacobson's two-run blast in the bottom of the second pushed the Crusaders' edge to 4-1.

In the top of the third, Thomas led of with a double to left field but was stranded when Jacobson robbed Ingalls of a two-run home run to end the Guins' scoring threat.

Valpo tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-1 lead.

In the top of the fifth, Thomas began with a single up the middle and scored on Kim Klonowski's double to left field.

Ingalls singled up the middle and Kristen Philen reached on an error to load the bases.

Grove's line shot up the middle was snagged by Valpo pitcher Alex Lagesse and Ashley Conger grounded out to leave the bases loaded.

Valpo added three more runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning to invoke the eight-run mercy rule.
Klonowski Named to All-Horizon League Second-Team
Thursday, May 7 2009
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Indianapolis, Ind. -- Youngstown State sophomore Kim Klonowski was named to the All-Horizon League Second-Team in a vote by the league's head coaches, the Horizon League announced Wednesday evening at the League's Softball Postseason Awards Banquet.

Klonowski led the Penguins with a .329 overall batting average, eight home runs and 31 runs batted in. She also recorded nine double and posted a .542 slugging percentage.

Against Horizon League opponents, Klonowski batted .351 with three doubles, six home runs and 15 runs batted in.

Klonowski is the first YSU sophomore since 2004 (Kelly Murphy and Tiffany Patteson) to earn all-league honors.

The eighth-seeded Penguins will face fifth-seeded Butler on Thursday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in Pendleton, Ind.
Softball Drops Pair of Games to Green Bay on Senior Day
Saturday, May 2 2009
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Canfield, Ohio -- The Youngstown State softball team was unable to pick up win on Senior Day by dropping pair of games to Green Bay, 11-2, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon at McCune Park.

The Penguins fall to 8-39 overall and 4-18 in the Horizon League while Green Bay improves to 17-23 overall and 6-13 in the Horizon League.

In the first game, freshman Kristen Philen went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Penguins offensively.

Green Bay, however, exploded for 11 runs on 16 hits, including six extra-base hits.

In game two, freshman Jordan Ingalls tallied two of the Penguins' four hits off of Green Bay starter Katie Cooney, who struck out nine.

The Penguins and Phoenix close out the regular season with a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m. at McCune Park.