YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WYTV) – The Youngstown State softball team dropped a pair of one-run games to Horizon League foe Wright State, 3-2, and, 2-1, in nine innings on Saturday afternoon at the YSU Softball Field.
The Penguins move fall to 21-16 overall and 8-5 in the Horizon League while Wright State improves to 26-17 overall and 10-2 in the league.
The Penguins received a pair of solid pitching performances from freshman Paige Geanangel in the opener and junior Caitlyn Minney in the nightcap, but both suffered hard-luck losses.
Geanangel scattered eight hits and allowed just three runs in the top of the fifth inning while striking out two.
Minney struck out five while going the distance in the nine-inning nightcap
In game one, the Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead when they plated a pair of runs off of WSU starter Ashley Sharp in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sharp had retired the first nine Penguins’ batters to start the game.
Junior Sarah Dowd reached on a fielding error to lead off the frame and scored on Miranda Castiglione’s double to left-center field. Castiglione advanced to third on the throw to the plate. junior Alex Gibson reached on an infield single and Castiglione scored on Stevie Taylor’s sacrifice fly.
In the top of the fifth, Geanangel retired the first two batters she faced, but walked the third on a controversial full-count, ball-four call. The Raiders’ capitalized on with two doubles and a single to take a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the ninth with two outs in game two, the Raiders had runners on second and third with two outs. WSU’s Libby Pfeffer struck out swinging with the apparent third out, but a passed ball allowed Becka Peterson to score the game-winning run from third.
Peterson hit a solo home run to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but Brittney Moffattcrushed a solo home run to right-center field to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Penguins had a chance to put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning. With Castiglione and Taylor on third and second and two outs, Wright State’s Hanna Floyd’s back-handed spear of Katie Smallcomb’s line-drive down the third-base ended the Penguins’ threat.
The Penguins visit Green Bay for the three-game series, April 22-23.
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