|Tigers Take Two From Seahawks Saturday|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Towson combined for 21 runs and 29 hits as it posted a doubleheader sweep of UNCW, 9-3 and 12-7, in Colonial Athletic Association softball action Saturday at Boseman Field.
The Tigers improved to 25-23-1 with the twinbill sweep while the Seahawks moved to 13-29 and 2-11. The two teams conclude their three-game series Sunday with a single game starting at Noon.
Game one saw UNCW take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a double steal attempt that allowed senior Olivia Poplin to score from third before the Tigers took advantage of two UNCW errors in the top of the second to plate two runs and go out in front, 2-1.
Buckworth would help the Seahawks regain their lead, 3-2, with a two-run double in the bottom of the third only to see the Tigers strike for two runs on a single by junior Delanie Dunham in the top of the fourth to gain a 4-3 advantage.
A two-run home by senior Bina Abbott in the fifth expanded the Towson cushion to 6-3 before the Tigers closed out the scoring with three runs in the top of the seventh to determine the final six-run margin.
Abbott was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Dunham, junior Maureen Hepner and sophomore Macie McGeehan tallied two hits apiece to guide a Tigers attack that finished with 12 base hits in game one. Senior Katie Lingmai pitched all seven innings for the Tigers in the opener to pick up the win as she improved her record to 14-12 on the season. Lingmai allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks. She struck out five.
Junior Morgan McCann went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Buckworth was 1-for-4 with two RBI for UNCW. Poplin reached base in all four plate appearances as she drew three walks and was hit by a pitch in her fourth plate appearance. Sophomore Casey Rowland took the loss to move to 8-10 on the season. Rowland surrendered six runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk in 4.1 innings in the circle.
In the nightcap, Towson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a UNCW error and a single by freshman Caitie Barber only to see the Seahawks cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame on a fielder’s choice by junior KC Shue.
The two teams would trade runs once again in the second. A solo home run by senior Kelli Lyons restored the Tigers two-run edge, 3-1, before run-scoring singles by Poplin and Buckworth knotted the game at 3-all.
Shue would put the Seahawks in front for the first time in game two as opened the bottom of the third with a solo home run to left field to make a 4-3 contest.
A RBI single by Balk in the top of the fourth brought the Tigers even at 4-all only to see the Seahawks retake the lead in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run home run by Buckworth that put UNCW in front, 6-4.
Towson would regain the lead once again in the top of the sixth as it used five singles to plate four runs and jump in front, 8-6.
A RBI double by Buckworth in the bottom of the sixth trimmed the Seahawks deficit to 8-7, but the Tigers struck again in the top of the seventh for four runs on four hits, including a two-run single by Dunham, to build a 12-7 cushion.
Lyons was 4-for-4 with two RBI while Dunham and sophomores Hailey Balk and Macie McGeehan pitched in three hits apiece to pace a Tigers lineup that finished with 17 hits in the nightcap.
Freshman Ambar Hickman was credited with the win in game two as she allowed six runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks in five innings in the circle. Lingmai picked up her first save of the season, giving up one run on one hit and three walks after replacing Hickman to start the sixth inning.
Buckworth was 4-for-4 with four RBI while Shue was 1-for-4 with two RBI for the Seahawks in game two. Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt took the loss for UNCW as her record dropped to 4-13 overall. Schmidt allowed eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits and three walks.