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McCormick throws perfect game

9 April 2014 By Payam Agha-Ghassem, Staff Writer No Comments
Junior pitches complete game and hits three-run home run to lead Tigers

Twenty-one up. Twenty-one down.

Towson junior pitcher Missy McCormick did something many pitchers can only dream of. After a 1-4 road trip, McCormick returned home and threw a perfect game Wednesday to defeat Temple, 7-0, in the first game of a doubleheader.

It was the first perfect game in program history.

McCormick was dominant on the mound for Towson (18-15), as she improved to 9-5 on the season with a 3.81 earned run average.

“I just felt like I was commanding the game,” McCormick said. “Everything seemed to be working today. My team played so well behind me and I am so thankful for them. It was the best feeling. I feel on cloud
nine right now.”

Not only was McCormick untouchable on the mound, she also helped her own cause in the first inning when she drove in the first three runs of the game with a three-run homerun to right field. It was
McCormick’s team-leading eighth home run of the season.

Run batted in singles by sophomore center fielder Olivia Yarbrough and junior infielder Hailey Balk in the second inning increased Towson’s lead to 5-0.

Freshman left fielder Jessica South’s solo home run and Balk’s sacrifice gave McCormick two insurance runs, which she would not need.

Towson’s defense was anxious going into the seventh inning. The defense, behind McCormick, did not want to spoil her perfect game.

Senior infielder Delanie Dunham made the final out of the game as Temple’s infielder Leah Lucas flied out to third base.

“I’m glad we all played great defense and helped Missy achieve her perfect game that she deserved,” Dunham said.

McCormick’s perfect game is just another piece to add to her storied Towson career.

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