Towson makes CAAs
Despite losing all three games to the College of Charleston Cougars this weekend, Towson clinched a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for a second consecutive year.
“I think the confidence level going into the tournament is what it has been all year,” junior infielder Hailey Balk said. “We’re going into it knowing that on any given day, each team can be beat.”
With James Madison defeating UNC Wilmington in both games of a doubleheader Friday, Towson (27-23, 6-9 CAA) secured the final spot in the tournament.
The tournament field consists of Towson, James Madison, Hofstra and College of Charleston.
The Tigers fell 4-1 to the Cougars in the final game of the regular season Saturday.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning after senior infielder Delanie Dunham hit an RBI single to center field that scored senior outfielder Maureen Hepner. Dunham was 2-for-2 on the day.
The Cougars (40-14, 14-4 CAA) responded in the bottom half of the inning with four runs with the help of a two-run home run from Valerie Cassell and a two-run double from Lizzy Vaughn.
The Tigers were not able to rally in the seventh.
Balk lead the team with a .373 batting average. Hepner lead the team in both home runs and runs batted in with 12 and 50, respectively. Her 12 home runs also lead the CAA.
The CAA tournament begins Wednesday in Harrisonburg, Va. The Tigers will take on top-seeded James Madison in the first game of the tournament.
The Dukes own a 3-0 record against the Tigers this season. In the three games, the Dukes have outscored the Tigers by a score of 30-2.
Caitlin Sandy leads James Madison, batting .325 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs.
Pitcher Jailyn Ford has a 1.29 ERA and is 21-6 on the season.
“What needs to happen with JMU is everything to be working simultaneously,” Balk said. “Offense, defense and pitching all needs to be at their best throughout the whole game because JMU will jump on any
The game begins Wednesday at noon.