Tigers take Towson Classic
Towson (11-10-1) earned a 7-0 win over Morgan State (2-15) Sunday in its last game of the Towson Classic.
Scoring began in the first inning when senior leftfielder Kelli Lyons hit a single to right field. Senior catcher Jillian Donnelly hit a double to center field off the Bears pitcher Jordan Eades that brought in Lyons and gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
After three scoreless innings, the Tigers continued to play strong offensively. Junior third baseman Delanie Dunham hit a single up the middle, running in sophomore shortstop Hailey Balk.
The Bears continued to struggle scoring against the Tigers. With a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning, the Tigers’ offense shut the Bears down.
Because of a fielding error by the Bears’ infield, freshman utility player Courtney Johnson reached first base. Freshman outfielder Olivia Yarbrough hit a single on a bunt that advanced Johnson to second. Balk then reached first on a bunt, which loaded the bases for the Tigers. Eades proceeded to throw a wild pitch that walked Lyons and gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Dunham, who is tied for the team lead with 12 runs batted in, singled to left field and brought in both Balk and Yarbrough. Sophomore second baseman Macie McGeehan then grounded a double to give the Tigers another run.
Freshman catcher Caitie Barber brought in the last run of the game for the Tigers. Barber hit a single and reached third by a fielding error by the Bears’ infield. Dunham scored for the Tigers, giving them a 7-0 win.
“Our offense made beneficial adjustments throughout the game which allowed us to score seven runs,” Lyons said.
Balk, Dunham and Lyons contributed a combined seven of the 11 hits for the Tigers.
Senior pitcher Katie Lingmai led the Tigers in their dominant performance against the Bears. Lingmai pitched her second shutout of the season, striking out a season-high 10 batters.
“Katie pitched another great shut out today against a well hitting team,” Lyons said.
After a four-game weekend, the Tigers completed the tournament with a 3-1 record, moving them above .500.
The Tigers return to the field Wednesday for a doubleheader against Hampton at the Towson Softball Complex. First pitch will be thrown at 2:30 p.m.