|Tigers Tame Seahawks To Complete Sweep|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Freshman Olivia Yarbrough went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead Towson to an 8-4 victory over UNCW in the finale of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series Sunday at Boseman Field.
The Tigers improved to 26-23-1 overall and 8-7 in league play with the sweep as they extended their winning streak to nine games. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 13-30 and 2-12. UNCW returns to action Tuesday as it continues its 10-game home stand with a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Campbell.
Yarbrough was the only Towson player to record multiple hits as six Tigers finished the afternoon with one hit apiece. Senior Jillian Donnelly and sophomore Macie McGeehan were both 1-for-4 with two RBI while senior Kelli Lyons was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Junior KC Shue went 2-for-4 with two RBI for UNCW, who combined for 11 hits and seven walks but left 11 runners on base. Freshman Jordin Phillips was 2-for-3 and senior Olivia Poplin went 1-for-1 with three walks and a RBI.
Towson took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a UNCW error on a fielder’s choice and a two-run single from McGeehan before adding run in the second on a single by junior Delanie Dunham to build an early 4-0 advantage.
The Seahawks got on the board in the bottom half of the second on a bases loaded walk to Poplin and cut further into the Tigers margin in the the fourth on a two-run double by Shue to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
The Tigers would rebuild their advantage in the top of the sixth, using a solo home run by junior Maureen Hepner and a wild pitch to make it a 6-3 game.
UNCW once again cut into the Towson advantage as a two-out error in the bottom of the sixth brought home Poplin and made it a 6-4 contest.
Donnelly closed out the scoring in top of the seventh, adding a pair of insurance markers on a two-run home run to expand the Towson cushion to 8-4.
Senior Katie Lingmai was credited with the win for Towson to improve her record to 15-12 on the season. Lingmai allowed three runs on three hits and seven walks in four innings in the circle. Freshman Ambar Hickman pitched the final three innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits to pick up her first save of the season.
Sophomore Casey Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks as she moved to 8-11 on the season. In seven innings, Rowland allowed eight runs (four earned) on nine hits. She did not issue a walk and struck out five.