Hickman pitches TU to win
Sophomore pitcher Ambar Hickman continued to dominate on the mound as Towson defeated UMBC (14-5) 8-0 in six innings Wednesday. It was the last game of a three-game homestand for the Tigers, in which they won all three.
Hickman threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits. She is now 5-2 on the season with a 1.92 earned run average, which leads the team.
“I just take it one game at a time,” Hickman said. “It starts in the bullpen. I make sure every pitch is crisp and clean. I don’t try to overthink a lot. Everything is going pretty well.”
Senior outfielder Maureen Hepner got things started early for the Tigers (11-7) by hitting an RBI double in the first inning to drive in sophomore outfielder Olivia Yarbrough. Hepner’s .466 batting average leads the team.
A sacrifice bunt by senior infielder Delanie Dunham set up a two-run single by junior infielder Macie McGeehan to give Towson a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.
“I was just looking to make contact and help the team out with some runs,” McGeehan said. “There were runners on second and third, so I was just trying to hit it to the right side so that they can score.”
Yarbrough continued the two-out rally by blasting a two-run triple to center field to increase the lead to five.
Towson would tack on three more runs in the game, including a walk-off single by freshman Jessica South to end the game by mercy rule. South finished the game 2-for-4. In her first season as a Tiger, South is hitting .432 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in.
“I just come out to each game focused and with a plan,” South said.
In its first home game of the season, Towson defeated Morgan State 14-2 in five innings Tuesday. Junior Missy McCormick pitched a complete game, allowing just two runs on four hits.
McCormick provided Towson its first runs with a two-run home run in the first inning. The Towson offense exploded in the third inning, scoring 11 runs on 11 hits to take a 13-0 lead. The inning included a two-run home run by South.
The Tigers were ready to finally play a home game after playing 15 straight games on the road.
“It was marvelous,” junior infielder Hailey Balk said. “We were all really excited to finally be out there and it was just a lovely day for softball.”
Towson defeated Morgan State 15-7 in the second game of the doubleheader Tuesday.
Towson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with the help of an RBI triple by Hepner and a two-run home run by McCormick. It was McCormick’s fifth home run of the season and second of the day.
Morgan State tied the game at three in the third inning off a three-run home run to left field by outfielder Claudette Tanaba-Smith.
The Tigers fired right back in the bottom of the inning with five runs of their own to take an 8-3 lead. The rally started when South singled to center field with the bases load to drive in Hepner.
Towson tacked on four more runs to take a 12-3 lead in the fourth inning with the help of four hits, including a two-run single by Yarbrough.
Morgan State cut the deficit to five in the fifth inning after infielder Zina Constancia hit a two-run homerun to right field.
Hickman relieved freshman pitcher Megan Chocallo in the sixth inning.
Hepner ended the game by mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk-off single to left field to drive in Balk.
“The wins this week are pretty big,” McGeehan said. “It gives us a lot of confidence going on the road. It’s always good to play midweek games.”
Towson will travel to Rock Hill, S.C. this weekend to take on Winthrop in a three-game series. The first game is Saturday at 1 p.m.