Green Bay Splits Doubleheader With YSU on Senior Day
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay softball team (16-26, 7-7 HL) concluded a six-game home stand at Phoenix Field on Saturday afternoon, splitting a double-header against Youngstown State (23-17, 10-6 HL).
Both offenses battled back-and-forth all day long, combining for 44 runs on 60 hits, as the Phoenix pulled out a 10-9 victory in Game 1, before YSU scored nine unanswered runs in Game 2 to pull away, 17-8. Green Bay honored five seniors in a pre-game ceremony for their hard work and accomplishments throughout their respective careers.
Green Bay 10, YSU 9 (Game 1)
Green Bay scored four times in the first inning, as Allie Taylor and Brennan Engel drove in runs on RBI singles and RBI doubles, respectively. Two batters later, senior Alyssa Johnson dumped a two-out single into right center, scoring two more to give the Phoenix a 4-0 lead.
Despite head coach Beth Spoehr's team's lead, it was dealing with one of the Horizon League's most potent offensives, and the Penguins never went away. YSU scored in five-straight innings from the second through the sixth, trading a pair of leads during that span.
But trailing 9-8 entering the bottom of the sixth, Phoenix junior Abby Brinkmeier and senior Kelli Hutchinson each recorded RBI singles – Hutchinson's which broke a 9-9 tie – and Bailey Smaney allowed one run in 3.0 innings of relief, pitching a scoreless seventh to pick up her ninth win of 2016.
Green Bay tallied 19 hits with all nine starters recording at least one in the game, as the Phoenix chased Penguins starter Caitlin Minney after four innings. Hutchinson finished 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, while freshman Jenna Smarzinski also went 3-for-4.
YSU 17, Green Bay 8 (Game 2)
Green Bay jumped out to a 8-3 advantage after three innings, until YSU scored five runs in the fourth, seven runs in the fifth and two in the sixth as it overwhelmed Phoenix pitching in Game 2.
After being retired in order in the opening inning, the Penguins pounded out 20 hits against a quartet of Green Bay hurlers, ultimately scoring nine unanswered runs to pull away.
The Phoenix once again jumped out to an early edge in the first, 3-0, as an Engel RBI single and a 2-run triple by Katelyn Huemmer got Green Bay on the board. YSU tied the score at three apiece in the third; however, the Phoenix appeared to seize control in the following inning after answering with five runs, three coming on a 3-run blast by catcher Allie Hislope.
Unfortunately for Green Bay, the Penguins refused to lay down for the second-straight contest. After taking the loss in Game 1, Minney was dominant for YSU in relief, allowing just one hit over the final 3.2 innings to earn the win.
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