Thomas' Late-Inning Double Lifts Softball to Split; Ties All-Time Hits Record
Green Bay, Wis. -- Senior Haley Thomas smacked a two-strike, two-out, bases-loaded double to right-center field in the top of the seventh inning to lift the Youngstown State softball team to a 4-2 victory over Green Bay on Saturday afternoon. With the hit, Thomas tied the YSU career hits record with 231. The Guins lost the first game, 2-0.
With the win, the Guins improve to 28-19-1 overall and 12-10 in the Horizon League and have secured a berth in the 2012 Horizon League Tournament.
Sophomore Casey Crozier pitched a four-hitter with five strikeouts to pick up her 13th victory of the season.
Trailing 2-1 with two outs in the seventh, senior Kristen Philen walked and moved to third on a double by sophomore Sarah Ingalls. Sophomore Courtney Ewing's walk loaded the bases to set up Thomas' heroics.
Green Bay took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before the Guins knotted the game at 1-1 in the top of the second when Samantha Snodgrass, who doubled, scored on an error.
UWGB's Miranda Reinke hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to give the Phoenix a 2-1 edge.
In the opener, freshman Kayla Haslett scattered just six hits and allowed the just one earned run in a tough-luck loss.
The Guins' offense was also limited to just six hits and struck out 10 times in game one.
Youngstown State and Green Bay close out the regular season with a single game, Sunday, starting at Noon (EDT).