Towson takes two of three from UNCW
Towson defeated conference opponent University of North Carolina Wilmington, 9-2, in the rubber game of a three-game series at the Tiger Softball Complex on Sunday.
The win puts Towson (27-20, 6-6 Colonial Athletic Association) in a great position to make the CAA Tournament.
It was Towson’s last home game of the season. It was also Senior Day for the Tigers.
Four seniors were honored before the game including Delanie Dunham, Maureen Hepner, Mickelle Oslin and Victoria Sindone.
Hepner went 2-for-4 in her final home game with a home run and two runs batted in.
Hepner leads the team 11 home runs on the year.
“I’m pretty competitive,” Hepner said. “I’m going to miss competing and all of my teammates. It probably won’t hit me until the very last game.”
UNCW (18-31, 4-10 CAA) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning with the help of back-to-back solo home runs.
The Tigers responded in the bottom half of the inning with four runs of their own.
Senior pitcher Missy McCormick helped her own cause by hitting a three-run home run to left field to give Towson a 4-2 lead.
The Tigers extended their lead to 7-2 in the fifth inning after freshman infielder Holiday Cahill hit a two-run single to right field, scoring Hepner and McCormick. McCormick also singled in the inning to drive
in her fourth run of the game.
McCormick threw a complete game, allowing just two runs and striking out five. She improved to 15-8 on the season with a 2.76 earned run average, which leads the team.
“It was all for the seniors,” McCormick said. “We really laid our hearts out there and I couldn’t be more happy for those four girls.”
The win was crucial for the Tigers as it improved their chances of making the CAA Tournament, which begins May 7.
Towson controls its own destiny heading into its final conference series next weekend against the College of Charleston (37-14, 11-4 CAA).
“The win was big for all us because of where we are in the conference,” Head Coach Lisa Costello said. “This sets us up pretty good going down to Charleston. It’s important for us to go down there and play
The teams will play three games, and a series win would put Towson into the CAA Tournament.
If Towson was to lose the series, it would need help from other teams in order to make the postseason.
The teams will play a doubleheader Friday in Charleston, S.C. The first pitch is at 5 p.m.