CHARLESTON, S.C. - On the opening day of the College of Charleston Classic, the Towson softball team fell to East Tennessee State 6-0 in its first game and lost to Syracuse 7-0 in the second game Friday at Patriots Point.
East Tennessee State freshman pitcher Sam Harrell and Syracuse hurler Lindsay Taylor limited the Towson (4-3) offense to just six hits in two games, as each pitcher threw complete game shutouts.
East Tennessee State wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as the Bucs were jump-started by Nicole Fox and Katie Wolff. Fox had a base hit and then stole second base with one out, and was then brought home by Wolff's single with two outs. That put the Bucs ahead 1-0 after the first inning.
After adding another run in the third inning, East Tennessee State had a big fifth inning, scoring four runs on five hits. The biggest blow came when Alex Everett singled up the middle with two runners on base. The base knock scored both runners and gave good run support for Harrell, who struck out six batters and walked only two in the shutout.
The Tiger offense was led by sophomore Macie McGeehan, who went 2-for-2 at the plate against with a walk.
Towson senior pitcher Katie Lingmai went four innings for the Tigers, giving up six hits and five runs. She is now 1-2 this season.
Syracuse, which posted a 43-16 record last season while going to the NCAA Regionals, was as good as advertised against the Tigers.
Taylor struck out 10 batters in the win, allowing only Kelli Lyons, Hailey Balk and Caitie Barber to get hits in the game. Barber had the most success at the plate for the Tigers against the Orange, as she also reached base on a walk in fifth inning. Barber and Balk were the only Tigers to reach third base in the loss.
The big offensive inning for Syracuse came in the third inning, as the team scored four runs as a part of three Tiger errors in the frame.
Missy McCormick suffered her first loss (2-1) of the season for Towson, going four innings and allowing six hits. She also struck out five batters.
The Tigers return to the tournament Saturday with games against James Madison and Akron beginning at 12 p.m.