Canfield, Ohio -- Senior Cheryl Cale struck out five and scattered just seven hits in a complete-game 4-2 win over Butler on Sunday afternoon at McCune Park to give Head Coach Brian Campbell his 300th career victory.
The Penguins improve to 7-19 overall and 1-2 in the Horizon League while Butler falls to 26-7 overall and 4-1 in the league.
The Penguins also pounded out 10 hits led by junior Kim Klonowski's 3-for-4 outing while sophomore Haley Thomas and freshman Vicky Rumph each added two singles.
Youngstown State jumped on Butler starting pitcher Breanna Fisher early with a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Thomas began the game with a single through the right side and advance to second on a wild pitch. Klonowski drove in Thomas with a single through the left side.
In the bottom of the third, the Penguins ballooned their lead to 4-0 when Kristina Rendle reached on an error to lead off the frame. After Klonowski doubled to put runners on second and third, Rumph singled to left field to score Rendle and moved up to second on a errant throw.
Sophomore Kristen Philen single to center scoring Klonowski and Rumph scored when sophomore Jordan Ingalls reached on another Bulldog miscue.
Cale had allowed just four hits through five innings, but Butler's Bridget Paine led off the sixth with a single and later scored on Jenny Esparza's two-out single to left field to cut the YSU lead to 4-1.
In the top of the seventh Cale struggle a bit hitting pinch-hitter Devin Dearing with two strikes and gave up a run on Lauren McNulty's sacrifice fly to right field. A two-out walk to Erin Falkenberry loaded the bases but Cale induced a ground ball out to second base to end the game.
The Penguins return to action against Akron, Tuesday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m. at Akron in a rescheduled doubleheader from March 23.