Towson blanks Howard
Towson won both games of its doubleheader against Howard on Wednesday at the Tiger Softball Complex. The Tigers won the first game 6-0 before winning the second game, 8-0, in five innings.
Freshman pitcher Megan Chocallo started the second game for the Tigers (22-17) and pitched a complete game, allowing one hit and striking out four.
“I’ve really been struggling for a little bit, but I felt really good today and the team had a lot of energy,” Chocallo said.
Senior infielder Delanie Dunham hit an RBI double off the left field fence in the third inning to
give Towson a 1-0 lead. After a fielder’s choice by junior infielder Hailey Balk, the rally continued when senior outfielder Maureen Hepner hit a two-run triple to right field to increase the lead to 4-0.
Towson increased its lead to 6-0 in the fourth inning when Dunham hit a two-run triple to right field.
“I was just sitting back and making sure I got the pitch I wanted,” Dunham said.
The game ended in the fifth inning when sophomore infielder Nicole Delgado hit a sacrifice fly to drive in senior utility player Victoria Sindone.
Towson’s first game was much of the same.
Balk drove in the first run of the game in the third inning with a single to right field. She hit another RBI single in the fifth inning to increase Towson’s lead to 3-0. Balk’s .419 average leads the team.
Sophomore pitcher Ambar Hickman took the mound for the Tigers and had a perfect game broken up in the fifth inning. She pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits. She is now 7-5 on the season with a 3.85 earned run average.
Howard (2-30) did not have an answer for Towson’s pitching. Howard was held scoreless in the doubleheader with just four hits.
Towson will continue conference play this weekend when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Drexel (16-17, 3-6 CAA) for a three-game series.
“Today was important to build our confidence,” Dunham said. “Howard played a lot of small ball, which I know Drexel does too.”
The Tigers were 3-0 against Drexel last season. The first pitch is Friday at 2 p.m.