|Penguins Edge Seahawks Twice In Twinbill|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Youngstown State posted a pair of one-run victories to sweep UNCW in a non-conference softball doubleheader Tuesday at Boseman Field.
The Penguins won the opener, 1-0, on a bases-loaded single in the sixth inning before holding on for a 6-5 triumph in the nightcap to improve their record to 8-6 on the season. The Seahawks, meanwhile, saw their three-game winning streak halted as they slipped to 11-10.
UP NEXT: The two teams return to action Wednesday at they complete their three-game series with a 1:30 p.m. contest at Boseman Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): In a tight contest that saw the two teams combine for just six base hits, YSU scored the only run of the game in the top of the sixth as sophomore Miranda Castiglione hit a bases-loaded single to the shortstop that plated sophomore Jordan Macey, who reached base earlier in the frame on a fielder’s choice.
UNCW had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh when junior Jessica Rappe reached base on a leadoff walk before advancing to third with two away. Penguins pitcher Casey Crozier kept the Seahawks from plating the tying run, however, as she retired the next batter she faced to end the contest.
AT THE PLATE (Game One): Castiglione was 1-for-3 with the game’s lone RBI to lead YSU. Senior Courtney Ewing and freshman Maria Lacatena had the other two Penguin hits.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game One): Crozier picked up the win for the Penguins to improve to 4-3 on the season. In seven innings of work, Crozier scattered three hits and four walks while striking out three.
Junior Casey Rowland was the tough-luck loser for UNCW in game one, allowing just one run on three hits and three walks as she moved to 5-4 on the season. Rowland walked three and struck out eight.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave 10 runners on base (UNCW 5, YSU 5) … The two teams managed to put its leadoff runner on base in just three of 14 opportunities … There was just one extra-base hit in the contest, a double by Rappe in the fourth … The top four hitters in the YSU lineup each struck out once … The two pitchers teamed up to face just 53 batters.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): UNCW raced out to a 2-0 advantage in the first inning, using a throwing error and a two-out single by Chamblee to take the early lead.
The Seahawks would remain in front until the fourth inning, when YSU exploded for six runs on five hits, including a pair of two-out base knocks by Castiglione and freshman Sarah Dowd, to erase the Seahawks edge and build a 6-2 cushion.
UNCW cut into the Penguins lead in the bottom of the fifth, using a two-out double from Rappe to plate Gamby and senior Casey Shue and slice the YSU margin in half, 6-4.
The Seahawks once again attempted to rally in its final at-bat, plating a run on a two-out RBI single by Rappe to make it a 6-5 contest and put the tying run in scoring position. YSU would thwart UNCW’s comeback plans for a second time on the afternoon as junior Kayla Haslett retired the next batter she faced to bring the contest to a close.
AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Castiglione and Haslett were both 2-for-3 to lead a YSU attack that finished with nine base hits. Castiglione drove in two runs and Haslett recorded a RBI while Dowd and sophomore Katie Smallcomb also picked up a RBI each.
Rappe was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Chamblee was 2-for-2 with a run driven in for UNCW. Three players – Gamby, freshman Merritt Wilkinson and freshman Claudia Spinelli - tallied the Seahawks other three base knocks.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Haslett pitched all seven innings for the Penguins, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits and five walks to move her record to 3-2.
Freshman Peyton Jordan got the start for UNCW and took the loss as she surrendered six runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks. Sophomore Kayla Pine replaced Jordan in the fourth and went the final 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit in that span.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game Two): The two teams combined to leave 12 runners on base (UNCW 6, YSU 6) … UNCW’s 4-5-6 hitters were a combined 5-for-9 at the plate … The two teams put their leadoff batter aboard in just three of 14 attempts … YSU advanced a runner into scoring position in three of its first four trips to the plate … Pine retired the first nine batters she faced before surrendering a two-out double to senior Sarah Ingalls in the seventh.
NOTES: Youngstown State improved to 3-0 all-time against UNCW as the two teams met on the diamond for the second time in three seasons … The Seahawks slipped to 9-5 at home this season and 3-5 in one-run games … UNCW scored in the first inning for the 12th time this season with its two runs in the first inning of the nightcap … Freshman Merritt Wilkinson has reached base in 12 straight contests after reaching base in both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader… Senior Brittany Gamby has recorded a hit in six consecutive games as she was 2-for-6 on the afternoon while freshman Nella Chamblee has posted a hit in five straight contests… Junior Jessica Rappe turned in her team-leading fourth multiple RBI game of the season with her three RBI effort in the nightcap … Rappe also tied Chamblee for the team lead with her sixth multiple-hit game of the season.