Softball Preview: Towson
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW softball team continues its Colonial Athletic Association schedule this weekend as it faces Towson in a three-game series at the Towson Softball Complex.
The Seahawks and Tigers open their series Saturday with a Noon doubleheader before wrapping up the weekend set Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest. Live stats will be available for all three games and can be accessed by clicking on the live stats link at the top of the page.
The Seahawks (6-32, 1-8 CAA) return to action for the first time in seven days after suffering a sweep at the hands of defending league champion Georgia State last weekend at Boseman Field.
Senior Laura Sykes continues to pace the UNCW attack with a .300 batting average while freshman Jordan Critcher has put together a solid rookie campaign, posting a .266 average at the plate to go along with a team-best 18 walks. Senior Kelsey Eddinger leads the squad with nine RBI and two players - Critcher and senior Ashley Shingleton - are tied for second with eight runs driven in apiece.
In the circle, senior Amanda Davenport has posted a 3.01 ERA in 149.0 innings pitched. Davenport has fashioned 16 complete games in 26 appearances and has 87 strikeouts to her credit, ranking third in the CAA in that category.
Towson (18-21; 3-6 CAA) looks to build upon its three-game winning streak this weekend after posting a doubleheader sweep of non-conference foe Howard at home on Wednesday. Freshman Hailey Balk has powered the Tiger attack in her first season with the program as she leads the CAA with a .370 batting average. Senior Erika Stasch is second on the team with a .331 batting average and has posted team highs of 30 RBI and nine doubles.
Junior Katie Lingmai serves as the ace of the Towson staff, compiling a 2.07 ERA in 138.1 innings pitched this season. Lingmai has recorded 17 complete games in 20 starts and has struck out 147 batters to sit second in the league standings in that category.
UNCW remains on the road after its series at Towson, traveling to Buies Creek to face Campbell in a 4 p.m. doubleheader April 18 at the Eakes Athletic Complex.