JMU uses 10 unanswered runs to beat Tigers
James Madison scored 10 unanswered runs to defeat Towson 10-2 on Sunday in the final game of a three-game set. The Dukes held home field as the Tigers lost all three over the weekend in Harrisonburg, Va.
“Their pitching was resilient and their defense was suffocating,” junior infielder Hailey Balk said. “Every time we had an opportunity to do big things, they stopped it from happening.”
It was Towson’s first series against a conference opponent this season. Four conference games were postponed earlier in the season due to rain.
Senior outfielder Maureen Hepner got things going early for Towson (17-15, 0-3 Colonial Athletic Association) as she hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
JMU (28-11, 7-2 CAA) responded in the bottom half of the first inning with an RBI single to cut its deficit to one.
The Dukes broke the game open in the third inning by scoring five runs with the help of two errors in the inning by Towson.
Towson committed two more errors in the fifth inning, which helped JMU score three runs and put the game out of reach.
Junior pitcher Missy McCormick threw five innings and allowed nine runs. Only four were earned.
Towson scored a total of two runs in the three games this weekend.
“We just need to get back to playing Towson softball and not worry about what the other team is doing,” Balk said. “If we focus on ourselves and hit like we have been this season, everything will fall into place — not just on Wednesday, but for the rest of the season.”
Towson will play a doubleheader against Temple on Wednesday before continuing its conference schedule against Delaware next weekend.
Towson was 1-3 against Delaware last season. Its one win against Delaware came in the CAA Tournament.
First pitch against Temple is Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Tiger Softball Complex.