Green Bay Splits with Youngstown State on Senior Day
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay softball team (22-26, 11-12 HL) went 1-1 on Saturday afternoon in a Horizon League doubleheader against Youngstown State (28-19-1, 12-10 HL) at Ben Garot Field. The Phoenix won the opener 2-0 in its Senior Day contest before giving up a late lead in game two and ultimately falling 4-2.
With the split, the Phoenix secured the sixth and final spot in the 2012 Horizon League Tournament. Green Bay received some help from UIC, which split its two contests with Wright State on Saturday to ensure that the Raiders cannot catch the Phoenix in the standings.
GAME ONE -
GREEN BAY 2, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 0
The opener was highlighted by an exceptional pitching performance from Green Bay junior Allison Goecks (Beloit, Wis.), who hurled a 10-strikeout, complete game shutout. Goecks allowed just six Penguin hits and walked only one while picking up her 10th victory of the season.
After a slow start offensively by both teams, the Phoenix broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning when junior Paige Newtols (Green Bay, Wis.) crossed the plate following a Youngstown State miscue. Newtols started the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a hit to center by Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.). Stacey Butts (Greenfield, Wis.) knocked one back to the pitcher in the following at-bat, but a throwing error allowed Newtols to advance two bases for the game's first run.
After Goecks struck out the Penguins' side in the fifth, the Phoenix added another run in the bottom half of the inning when Danielle Peerenboom (Appleton, Wis.) drove in senior Ashleigh Racer (Waterford, Wis.) on a single up the middle.
Goecks sealed the 2-0 Phoenix win by stranding two YSU runners in the sixth and another in the seventh. Peerenboom led the Green Bay offense, recording two of the team's six hits and driving in the lone earned run.
SENIOR DAY/PARENTS DAY: Green Bay's four seniors - Amanda Omahen (San Diego, Calif.), Amanda Pozolinski (Appleton, Wis.), Ashleigh Racer (Waterford, Wis.) and Alli Rivera (Geneseo, Ill.) - were each honored prior to the first contest, while all the parents in attendance were recognized on the field between games.
GAME TWO -
YOUNGSTOWN STATE 4, GREEN BAY 2
The Penguins rallied to score three runs with two outs in the seventh inning to steal the win from the Phoenix in the late game. Green Bay pitcher Ashley Nannemann (Burlington, Wis.) retired the first two batters she faced in the final inning, but then loaded the bases for YSU senior Haley Thomas, who quickly cleared them with a double to right center. The Phoenix went down in order in the bottom half, giving the Penguins the 4-2 win.
With the score knotted at 1-1 in the fourth, Reinke smashed a home run over the center field wall to give the Phoenix a one-run advantage. The solo shot was Reinke's third of the season.
Green Bay started the scoring in the bottom of the first when Racer was driven in by Omahen on a ground out to shortstop. The Penguins answered in the top of the second when Samantha Snodgrass reached the plate on a throwing error shortly after her double to right center.
Green Bay and Youngstown State are scheduled to play the final game of the series, and of the regular season, on Sunday at 11 a.m.###