By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
CANFIELD, Ohio (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Both teams earned a come-from-behind victory on Sunday afternoon as Green Bay (11-21, 4-8 HL) and Youngstown State (13-20, 7-8 HL) split a pair of one-run contests in a Horizon League doubleheader at McCune Park. The Phoenix used a late, two-run home run from freshman Marissa Michalkiewicz (Appleton, Wis.) to beat YSU 2-1 in the opener, but the Penguins bounced back by scoring four runs in the final two innings of game two to win 7-6.
Game 1: Green Bay 2, Youngstown State 1
In a game in which runs were hard to come by, Michalkiewicz came up big for the Phoenix by belting a two-run blast in the top of the fifth inning to put the visitors on top for good. It marked the freshman’s fourth home run of the year, and second in as many games. The homer came with two outs, and drove in freshman Kelli Hutchinson (Milwaukee, Wis.), who walked two batters earlier.
YSU scored its lone run of the contest in the bottom of inning number one when freshman Kelly Stowe singled up the middle to plate junior Courtney Ewing. The Penguins recorded three of their five hits in the first inning, but Phoenix pitcher Briana Cavin (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) was able to strand a pair in the first and then hurl six scoreless innings to earn her fourth win of the season (4-6).
Green Bay managed just four hits off of Penguins pitcher Hana Somogyi, who took the loss to fall to 1-8 on the year. Phoenix senior Danielle Peerenboom (Appleton, Wis.) was responsible for half of the team’s hits, registering a pair of singles.
Game 2: Youngstown State 7, Green Bay 6
A four-run fourth inning put Green Bay up 5-3, and the Phoenix led 6-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but YSU crossed the plate twice in their final at-bat to rally for the 7-6 victory and the 2-1 series win.
Phoenix pitcher Allison Goecks (Beloit, Wis.) retired the first batter she faced in the seventh, but the Penguins were able to load the bases after Ewing was hit by a pitch, Samantha Snodgrass doubled down the left field line and Vicky Rumph was intentionally walked. YSU made it 6-6 in the next at-bat when Stowe cracked a sacrifice fly to right field, driving home Ewing. Snodgrass was then able to score the winning run from third base following a wild pitch.
As they did in the opener, the Penguins got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Ewing scored on a sacrifice fly by Rumph. The Phoenix answered in the top of the second when junior Miranda Reinke (Milwaukee, Wis.) drove home sophomore Hailey Mohrfeld (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) on a sac fly, but YSU got two more runs in their half of the second to make it 3-1.
Green Bay exploded for four runs in the top of the fourth thanks to four hits, making it 5-3 Phoenix. Michalkiewicz and Mohrfeld got the inning started with back-to-back singles, and Michalkiewicz scored when Reinke singled down the left field line. Sophomore Tia Collins (Orfordville, Wis.) drove home three more runs later in the inning when she doubled to center, plating Gabrielle Cassady (Janesville, Wis.), Alyssa Johnson (Elmhurst, Ill.) and Reinke.
Michalkiewicz scored on a passed ball in the top of the seventh to make it 6-5 after the Penguins got two runs back in the sixth, but YSU’s late rally ended it in the seventh.
Goecks took the loss for the Phoenix after pitching five and one-third innings. Kayla Haslett, who was on the mound for the final two innings, earned the win for YSU.
Green Bay has a quick turnaround, heading to Cleveland, Ohio for a doubleheader with Cleveland State on Monday at 10 a.m. and noon.
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