BOCA RATON, Fla. - Senior pitcher Katie Lingmai threw her 16th career shutout Saturday morning as the Towson softball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Northern Illinois Huskies at the FAU Strikeout Cancer Tournament. The Tigers (5-9) then fell in their second game of the day, 8-0, to North Florida in a shortened five-inning game.
Lingmai, Towson's all-time strikeout leader, moved into sole possession of the shutout crown after breaking a tie with Jessica Wides. Wides threw 15 career shutouts from 2002-05.
The senior pitcher was on her game against the Huskies, as she repeatedly did not allow runs to score with runners on base. Northern Illinois' best chance to score came in the third inning. Madison Murphy was hit by a pitch and advance to third base on a single and a sacrifice. Then, with one out in the inning, Nicole Gremillion tried to bring home Murphy with a sacrifice fly. However, Towson freshman outfielder Olivia Yarbrough made the catch, and nailed Murphy at the plate after a nice tag by catcher Jillian Donnelly to end the inning and the threat.
In the seventh inning, the Tigers tacked on another runs when Jillian Donnelly singled and later scored on a error. Hailey Balk also had a run scoring hit in the frame to extend the Tiger lead to 3-0.
That was enough for Lingmai, who kept the Huskies off balance and allowed only five hits and three walks. It was her third complete game and first shutout this season. She struck out six to earn her second victory of the season.
Against the Ospreys in Towson's second game, North Florida pitcher Cortney Radke threw a five-inning no hitter, silencing the Tiger bats while walking just two.
Radke was the beneficiary of a big Osprey fourth inning. Towson starting pitcher Missy McCormick was throwing well and did not allow a hit in the first three innings. However, the Ospreys scored six times in the fourth, highlighted by a bases loaded double by Jackie Reese that cleared the bases and put North Florida in the lead 3-0.
They would tack on three more runs in the inning and added two more in the fifth. The game was then ended when pinch-hitter Donnelly struck out in the Towson half of the inning.
Towson will conclude the tournament Sunday against Providence with a game slated to begin at 11 a.m.