Gabel’s Walk-Off Single Gives Softball Game One Win, Sweep of Saint Francis (Pa.)
Canfield, Ohio -- Junior Sarah Gabel singled to deep left center to bring in Jordan Ingalls in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Youngstown State softball team to a 3-2 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) in game one of Tuesday's doubleheader at McCune Park. YSU won game two, 9-1, in five innings.
Gabel and Haley Thomas both had two hits for YSU, which won its 20th game of the season in the game-one victory. Thomas' single to lead off the fifth was the 200th hit of her career. She is one of only three players in school history to reach the milestone, joining Amanda Berry and current associate head coach Tiffany Patteson.
YSU starter Hana Somogyi allowed just one earned run in the complete-game victory, and only two of the Red Flash's six hits came after the second inning. None of its hits came after the seventh inning as YSU improved to 4-0 on the season when going extra innings.
Kaitlin Andler and Taylor Darneille singled to start the second for Saint Francis, and a passed ball put the runners on second and third with nobody out. Chelsea Rex brought in both runners with a single to right-center, but that was all the Red Flash was able to get. SFU followed with a sacrifice bunt, and Somogyi got a big strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.
YSU was able to tie the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Ingalls, Vicky Rumph and Samantha Snodgrass started the inning with three straight singles, and Sarah Ingalls drew a five-pitch walk to bring in the first run with one out. Snodgrass then scored the tying run on Kristin Philen's fielder's choice ground out.
The Penguins had a runner on third with one out in the fifth and did not score, and they had another runner thrown out at the plate to end the sixth.
With the international tiebreaker in effect to start the top of the 10th, Rex started the inning on second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Somogyi got Hannah Francis to ground out to second to keep Rex on third, and Somogyi struck out Courtney Francis to end the inning.
Rumph sacrificed Jordan Ingalls to second to start YSU's 10th, and Gabel's winning hit came after SFU pitcher Megan Layne struck out Brooke Meenachan.
Somogyi did not walk a batter and struck out five in her 10 innings of work to improve to 6-1 on the campaign. Layne allowed only two earned runs on 10 hits and two walks in 9.2 innings in a losing effort.
In the nightcap, Jordan Ingalls went 3-for-3 with three RBIs while sophomore Samantha Snodgrass went 2-for-3 with a a two-run home run to lead the Guins' 12-hit attack. Gabel also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Sophomore Casey Crozier threw a complete-game three-hitter with five strikeouts to pick up her nineth victory of the season.
After the Red Flash took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, and RBI-double by Ingalls and a two-out run scoring single by freshman Kayla Haslett put the Guins up 2-1 after one.
The guins added two more runs in the bottom of the third, one in the fourth and four more in the fifth to close out the game.
Leading 5-1, Gabel led of the fifth with a single off pitcher Michelle Andrews' glove and trotted home on Snodgrass' third home run of the season.
Thomas' double to left-center scored senior Kristen Philen, who singled, and Ingalls' single through the left side plated Thomas with the mercy-rule run.
The Guins return to Horizon League play against Loyola in a doubleheader, Friday, April 6, at 1 p.m. EDT.