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Towson splits four games at Tiger Clash

24 March 2014 By Payam Agha-Ghassem, Staff Writer No Comments

Towson split four games this weekend after falling to Wagner 6-2 in the final game of the Tiger Clash on Sunday at the Tiger Softball Complex.

Towson (16-11) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Freshman pitcher Megan Chocallo started the game for Towson. She struggled in the third inning and allowed four runs on four hits to give Wagner (11-13) a 4-2 lead.

Wagner would tack on one run in the sixth and seventh innings and Towson was not able to recover. It was a tough outing for Chocallo, who dropped to 3-5 on the season with a 5.92 earned run average.

In the first game Sunday, Towson suffered a tough 2-1 loss to Quinnipiac (3-18).

Junior pitcher Missy McCormick started the game on the mound and helped her own cause by hitting a solo home run in the second inning to give Towson a 1-0 lead.

Quinnipiac finally got on the board in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Towson’s only solid chance to tie the game came in the sixth inning. Junior infielder Hailey Balk singled with sophomore outfielder Olivia Yarbrough on second base. Yarbrough attempted to score, but was thrown out at the plate.

McCormick pitched a complete game, striking out seven in the losing effort.

“My curveball was my go-to-pitch this weekend,” McCormick said. “As a staff we did a really nice job setting batters up to get themselves out.”

The Towson bats were unusually quiet Sunday, scoring a total of three runs.

“I think we just got presented with a different type of pitching than what we’ve been seeing and couldn’t adjust to it,” Balk said.

Towson defeated Quinnipiac 13-5 in the first game of the Tiger Clash on Saturday. Junior infielders Macie McGeehan and Hailey Balk each had four hits and three runs batted in to lead the team to victory.

The big inning for Towson came in the fourth when it scored five runs to take a 9-5 lead. Senior outfielder Maureen Hepner blasted a two-run home run in the inning. It was Chocallo’s third win of the season.

In their second game Saturday, the Tigers defeated Wagner 6-3. McCormick struck out a season-high nine batters in a complete game effort to get her seventh win of the season.

Towson’s six-run third inning carried them to victory. McGeehan continued her clutch hitting of late with a two-run single to tie the game at 2-2. Freshman outfielder Jessica South hit a two-run double to left field to give Towson the lead. Then, senior infielder Delanie Dunham hit her third home run of the season to extend the lead to 6-2.

The Tigers will travel to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to take on Georgetown. First pitch is at 3 p.m. It will be the last game for Towson before it begins conference play next weekend at home against Hofstra.



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