TOWSON, Md. – Katie Lingmai threw her third shutout of the season Tuesday afternoon against the Seton Hall Pirates (10-10) as part of a 1-0 Towson (10-9, 0-0 CAA) victory in the final game of a doubleheader at the Tiger Softball Complex. Seton Hall won the first game 9-5.
The junior pitcher allowed five hits and struck out seven batters en route to her fifth win of the season and lowered her earned run average to 2.25.
After allowing just three hits in the first six innings, the Pirates loaded the bases against Lingmai in the top of the seventh inning. After Sarah Haefeli and pinch-hitter Kirby Groves both singled, Lingmai got Brittany Hammer to pop-up for the second out. She then walked Laura Canulli to load the bases before getting Kristen Kaelin to fly out and end the game.
“Seton Hall has had some quality wins and they will have more down the road,” Towson Head Coach Lisa Costello said. “The difference in the second game was we did not allow any runs. We set the table in the first inning and fortunately that was enough for us.”
The Tigers scored the lone run of the game in the first inning on Brianna Jones’ RBI-single that scored Stef Polonia. Polonia singled to left field to lead-off the game against Seton Hall starting pitcher Casey Moses.
Seton Hall got to Towson starting pitcher Dominique Ortega early in the first game, scoring six runs in the first two innings. The Pirates’ Danielle DeStaso hit a three-run home run to cap off a four-run first inning for the Pirates. The Pirates added a total of three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to hold on for the 9-5 win.
“We got behind early, but I was proud of the way we chipped away,” Costello said. “I admire the fight that we had.”