Tigers prey on Friars, but lose tournament
Towson finished its final game in the Florida Atlantic University Strike-Out Cancer Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla. with a 7-5 victory over Providence.
“Our win was a great team win,” sophomore utility player Emily Miller said. “We never let up which allowed us to battle back and keep our lead when we got it.”
The Tigers (6-9) took an early lead against the Friars (2-3), scoring three runs in the first inning.
Freshman outfielder Olivia Yarbrough started off the inning with a walk. Not long after, senior outfielder Kelli Lyons hit a single up the middle, advancing Yarbrough to third. After a single to right field by junior third base Delanie Dunham, Yarbrough and Lyons scored for the Tigers.
Leading the team with three hits and two runs batted in, senior catcher Jillian Donnelly hit a single down to right field that sent Dunham home and gave the Tigers a three-run lead over the Friars. Senior pitcher Katie Lingma, kept the Friars scoreless after two innings. Providence, however, didn’t hesitate when their offense quickly responded by scoring three runs in the top of the third inning, tying the score at three a piece.
While keeping Providence on its toes, Towson retaliated with four more runs in the fifth inning, putting the team in the lead for the remainder of the game. Fielding errors by the Friars brought in two of the four runs for the Tigers.
“When you are playing good teams, you have to be in it every bat and every pitch,” Lyons said. “In today’s win, all 20 girls were into it and contributed in a positive way.”
Lingmai threw six innings against the Friars, completing nine strikeouts and allowing only three runs.
As Towson’s all-time strikeout leader, Lingmai threw her 16th career shutout in Saturday morning’s game against Northern Illinois.
“Katie did a great job coming up with big strike outs during crucial moments,” Miller said. Lingmai captured the shutout title for the Tigers after breaking a tie with Jessica Wides who threw 15 career shutouts from 2002-2005.
“Every record Katie breaks is well deserved,” Lyons said. “Her hard work and determination not only allows herself to succeed, but our team to as well.”
Along with Pitching her third complete game, Lingmai also pitched her first shutout of the season against the Huskies.
“This record is a big milestone for any pitcher and is certainly something she deserves,” Miller said.
Completing their third tournament of the season, the Tigers finished with three losses and two wins.
Towson will continue its season Wednesday against UMBC at 2 p.m.