CHARLESTON, S.C. -The Towson University softball team had a season-high 12 hits against the Akron Zips, but fell 7-5 in its second game of the day at the College of Charleston Classic Saturday night. The loss came after the Tigers were defeated in the team's first game of the day 11-1 by the James Madison Dukes.
The Tigers (4-5) had their bats come alive in the night cap against Akron, as junior third baseman Delanie Dunham went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. Trailing 5-1 entering the sixth inning, Towson staged a big comeback by having its first six batters all reach base. A double by senior Bina Abbott led off the inning, and she scored from third base when freshman catcher Caitie Barber hit into a fielder's choice. Freshman outfielder Courtney Johnson drew a bases loaded walk and Dunham hit a two-run single to cap the scoring for the Tigers and tie the game at 5-5.
But Akron took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI groundout and added an insurance run when Kellie Roudabush doubled to left centerfield, giving the Zips the final 7-5 margin of victory.
Akron starting pitcher Erin Seiler was tagged for 11 hits and five runs in 5.2 innings.
Barber finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate for the Tigers, while Olivia Yarbrough had two hits and a run scored for Towson.
Sophomore pitcher Missy McCormick (2-2) took the loss for Towson, throwing six innings and allowing nine hits.
In its first game of the day, Towson was limited to just five hits by James Madison pitcher Reba DePriest. She gave up just one run and stuck out seven batters to earn the win.
The Dukes also had three players collect two hits in the game, including Jasmine Butler, Erica Field and Megan Shinaberry. Butler and Shinaberry each had two runs scored and an RBI, while Morgan Heath and Caitlin Sandy combined for five RBI's against Towson.
The Tigers will play their final game of the tournament Sunday against the host College of Charleston Cougars at 2 p.m.