Romero breaks all-time record as softball splits against Norse

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Senior Yazmine Romero became Youngstown State’s all-time leader with a single to center field late in the fifth inning in Game 1 of a double-division against Northern Kentucky on Friday afternoon.

Romero, who now has 235 hits, broke the record of 233 set by Haley Thomas from 2009 to 2012 and has at least one hit in the past six games.

The Penguins, who dropped Game 1, 5-1, and won Game 2, 2-1, improve to 22-18 overall and 7-5 in the Horizon League while the Norwegians improve to 17 -24 overall and 6-11 in the league.

Sophomore Sophie Howell shot a full game to six hits and struck out six to lift the Penguins to a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.

Youngstown State scored a pair of runs late in the fifth inning using the small ball. Rookie Bree Kohler started the inning with a double to right center, moved up to third on Hailey Niederkohr’s bunt single and scored on a northern pitch error.

After a sacrificial bunt from Alex DeLeon, Romero’s bunt single tackled Niederkohr with the Penguins’ second inning.

The Norse scored a run in the top of the sixth inning, but the Howell retired four of the last five batters they faced to earn their fourth victory of the season.

In Game 1, the Penguins took a 1-0 lead late in the first on Nikki Saibene’s single through the left side of Megan Turner, who doubled.

The Norse scored twice in the third, twice in the fifth and once again in the sixth to win the opener, 5-1.

The Penguins and Norse wrap up the series with just one game on Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m.

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