Hickman, Lingmai Star As @Towson_SB Takes Two at Classic
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 03/10/2013

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson University softball team closed the 2013 Towson Classic with two victories on Sunday, defeating Lafayette 2-1 and Morgan State 7-0. The Tigers (11-10-1) moved above .500 with the wins, in addition to finishing the tournament 3-1 overall.

Against Lafayette, Towson received a stellar performance from freshman pitcher Ambar Hickman, who allowed only a single hit to earn the win. Hickman walked three batters, but did not allow the hit until Madeline Allen's single in the seventh inning broke up the no-hit bid.

The Leopards scored their lone run in the fourth inning when Allison Thomas' sacrifice fly scored Jordan Parsons, who walked to open the inning. Parsons ended up on third base after two bunts.

With the scored tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, senior Tiger outfielder Kelli Lyons gave the Tigers the go-ahead lead with an RBI double, scoring freshman Olivia Yarbrough and putting Towson in front 2-1.

That would be plenty for Hickman, who picked up her fourth win of the year and lowered her team-best earned run average to 3.44. 

Against Morgan State, senior pitcher Katie Lingmai gave a dominant performance in the circle for Towson. She fired her second shutout of the season against the Bears striking out a season-high 10 batters and yielding just four hits.

The Towson offense was led by junior third baseman Delanie Dunham, sophomore Hailey Balk and Lyons, who combined for seven of the team's 11 hits in the win.

Dunham had three runs batted in, including two in the seventh inning when the Tigers added five runs in the frame. She is hitting a team-high .339 this season and is tied for the team lead with 12 runs batted in.

Balk and Lyons each scored two runs for Towson as part of the win.

The Tigers return to the Towson Softball Complex on Wednesday foer a doubleheader with Hampton at 2:30 p.m.


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