|Big Innings Sink Seahawks Versus Tigers|
TOWSON, Maryland – Highlighted by a pair of four-run innings, Towson plated nine unanswered runs to erase a 2-0 deficit and cruise to a 9-2 victory over UNCW in the finale of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series Sunday at the Towson Softball Complex.
The Tigers improved to 27-20 overall and 6-6 in league play with the seven-run win as the victory helped Towson strengthen its grasp on the fourth and final spot for the upcoming CAA Championship. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 18-31 and 4-10 with the setback.
Missy McCormick was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored while Maureen Hepner finished with two hits, two runs batted in and three runs scored in four trips to the plate to lead the Towson attack.
Senior Casey Shue was 3-for-4 with a RBI while freshman Lauren Moore was 1-for-4 with a run batted in for UNCW. Four players – senior Morgan Ayers, junior Casey Rowland, sophomore Erin Brown and freshman Nella Chamblee – accounted for the Seahawks’ other four base hits in the contest.
McCormick picked up the victory for the Tigers in the cirlce as she allowed two runs on eight hits to improve her record to 15-8 on the season. In a complete-game effort, McCormick did not issue a walk and struck out five.
Rowland took the loss for UNCW to move her record to 10-13 on the season. In 4.0 innings of work, Rowland surrendered seven runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks. Sophomore Kayla Pine replaced Rowland in the fourth and pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits.
UP NEXT: Both teams return to action Friday as they open the final weekend of the regular season with league series. UNCW hosts league-leading James Madison in a Noon doubleheader at Boseman Field while Towson travels to College of Charleston for a 5 p.m. twinbill.
HOW IT HAPPENED: UNCW jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the third on solo home runs from Moore and Shue, only to see Towson counter with four runs in the bottom half of the frame as a RBI double from Hepner and a three-run home run from McCormick put the Tigers in front, 4-2.
The Tigers added to their lead with four more runs in the fifth. A run-scoring single up the middle by McCormick opening the scoring before a double down the right field line by Cahill and a run-scoring groundout by Delgado plated the final three runs of the frame to make it an 8-2 ballgame.
A solo home run from Hepner in the bottom of the sixth stretched the Towson margin to 9-2 and closed out the scoring.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE: The two teams combined to leave 12 runners on base (UNCW 8; Towson 4) … The teams combined for six extra-base hits in the contest, including four home runs … Both teams were 1-for-1 in stolen base attempts … Towson’s 3-through-7 hitters were a combined 7-of-17 with eight RBI and six runs scored … The teams combined for just two walks in the contest … There were a combined five errors in the contest (UNCW 2; Towson 3).
NOTES: UNCW finished the regular season with a 3-14 record on the road … All three of the Seahawks road wins came in conference play … The Seahawks slipped to 2-19 this season when scoring two runs or fewer … UNCW slipped to 0-15 on the season when allowing six or more runs in a contest … Senior Casey Shue extended her hitting streak to four games as she posted her seventh multiple-hit contest of the season … Sophomore Erin Brown extended her streak of consecutive games reaching base to six while Shue and Moore have now reached base in each of the past five contests.