TOWSON, Maryland – Junior Casey Rowland pitched a two-hit shutout to lead the UNCW softball team to a split of its Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader at Towson on Saturday.

Behind Rowland’s effort, the Seahawks (18-30; 4-9 CAA) captured game one with a 1-0 victory over the Tigers (26-20; 5-6 CAA) in eight innings before Towson responded with a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.  

UP NEXT: The two teams close out their three-game CAA series Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): In a classic pitcher’s duel, the two teams combined for just five hits in seven innings before the Seahawks plated the game’s only run in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the inning, senior Brittany Gamby was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base on a wild pitch before senior Casey Shue brought Gamby home on a double to left field.

That would be all the support that Rowland would need, as despite a one-out walk, she was able to keep the Tigers from tying the game by retiring the next two batters she faced to end the contest.  

AT THE PLATE (Game One): Gamby was 2-for-2 with a run scored while Shue was 1-for-4 with a RBI to lead the UNCW attack. Junior Jessica Rappe recorded the other Seahawk base hit in the contest.

Delanie Dunham and Jessica South were both 1-for-3 to account for Towson’s two base hits in the contest.

IN THE CIRCLE (Game One): Rowland posted her second shutout of the season as she improved to 10-12 overall. In an eight-inning effort, Rowland allowed just two hits and one walk as she struck sout 11.

Missy McCormick was the tough-luck loser as she allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings in the circle to move to 14-8. McCormick walked two and struck out four.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave 10 runners on base (UNCW 6; Towson 4) … Rowland struck out the first six batters she faced in the contest … Rowland’s only walk of the game came in the eighth inning … Both of Towson’s hits came in the fifth inning … The two teams combined to put their leadoff runner on base in just two of 16 attempts.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): Towson took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as a double by Maureen Hepner and a RBI groundout by Dunham gave the Tigers the early lead.

UNCW cut into the deficit in the top of the second with a one-out double to center field by Rowland, only to see Towson regain its two-run lead in the bottom of the third on a solo home run by Hepner.

Rowland struck again in the fourth inning, connecting on a two-out double down the left-field line that plated sophomore Erin Brown and made it a 3-2 contest.

Towson would put the game away in the bottom of the sixth, using a two-run home run to right field by Dunham to stretch its margin to 5-2.

AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Hepner was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored while Dunham was 1-for-3 with three runs batted in for Towson. Holiday Cahill was 2-for-3 and McCormick went 1-for-3 to account for the Tigers other three base hits in the contest.

Rowland was 2-for-3 with two doubles and  two RBI while four players – Brown, Shue, junior Kristen Jernigan and freshman Lauren Moore – accounted for the other four base hits in the contest.

IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Ambar Hickman picked up the win as she surrendered two runs (one earned) on six hits in a complete-game effort. Hickman improved to 8-7 on the season as she did not issue a walk and finished with one strikeout.  

Freshman Peyton Jordan took the loss to move to 7-16 overall. Jordan allowed five runs on seven hits. She did not issue a walk and stuck out two.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game Two): The two teams combined to leave just five runners on base (UNCW 3; Towson 2) … Neither team drew a walk in the contest … The two teams recorded just three strikeouts … The Tigers were 1-of-2 on stolen base attempts while the Seahawks were thrown out in their only attempt to swipe a bag.

NOTES: The Seahawks improved to 3-2 in extra-inning games this season with their 1-0 victory in game one … The Seahawks moved to 2-18 on the season when scoring two or fewer runs in a contest … UNCW moved to 3-13 on the road this season with all three of their road victories coming in conference play … The shutout of the Tigers in game one was the third shutout of an opponent for UNCW this season … Junior Casey Rowland recorded double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time this season and the second time in this week (Recorded program-record 17 versus Campbell on Tuesday) … Senior Casey Shue has recorded a base hit in each of the past three games … Sophomore Erin Brown has now reached base safely in each of the past five games.