CHARLESTON, S.C. - Looking for its first win at the College of Charleston Classic, the Towson University softball team received a brilliant pitching performance from senior pitcher Katie Lingmai against the Cougars Sunday afternoon. However, the College of Charleston defeated the Tigers (4-6) 1-0 at Patriots Point in Towson's final game of the weekend.
Lingmai, the school's all-time strikeout leader, threw six terrific innings and allowed just one hit and one run while striking out 10 batters in her strongest performance of the season.
"That was the best pitching performance we've had this year," Towson head coach Lisa Costello said. "We're getting better and I like the way we continue to battle."
Lingmai was terrific through five innings, not allowing a hit until Kelsey Hodgson doubled to centerfield, leading off the sixth inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved Hodgson to third base, she scored on a mis-played ball in the Tiger infield after the Cougars loaded the bases, giving College of Charleston a 1-0 lead.
That run proved to be enough for Cougar pitcher Hope Klicker, who matched Lingmai for much of the game. Klicker allowed just four hits and did not walk a batter while striking out seven en route to the win.
The Tigers will return to the field beginning Friday at the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.