TOWSON, Md. - The Tigers earned their first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season on Saturday, defeating Georgia State by a 2-1 score in game one of a doubleheader at the Tiger Softball Complex on Saturday. Georgia State (24-13, 5-3 CAA) won game two by a 5-2 final score.
Towson (17-23-1, 1-7 CAA) was led in game one by senior pitcher Katie Lingmai, who kept the powerful Panthers at bay for much of the game. Lingmai gave up just four hits and one run to Georgia State, striking out 10 and walking two batters. It was Lingmai's eighth victory of the season and 50th of her career.
The Panthers, who entered the game second in the CAA with 32 home runs, used the long ball to their advantage on Saturday, taking a 1-0 in the sixth inning of game one when Lauren Coleman hit a long shot to centerfield. However, that would be the only run Lingmai allowed in a complete game effort for the pitcher.
In the bottom of the sixth, Towson's Delanie Dunham and Macie McGeehan each had run scoring hits. After Dunham doubled to rightfield and scored Hailey Balk, McGeehan broke the 1-1 tie with a crucial single to left centerfield, scoring Olivia Yarbrough and giving Towson the eventual 2-1 margin of victory.
In the loss, Katie Worley was very good in the circle for Georgia State, giving up just four hits and the two runs while striking out five and walking just one.
In game two, Georgia State received a great effort from pitcher Kaitlyn Medlam, who held Towson to just five hits in the game.
The Tigers were led by senior catcher Jillian Donnelly, who went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, with an RBI base hit in the first inning. Donnelly hit a sharp liner drive that went past the Georgia State third baseman and brought home Balk to help the Tigers tie the score at 1-1.
But the Panthers added two runs in the third inning and two more in the sixth, capped by another home run from Coleman. This time, Coleman's two-run shot gave Medlam some insurance and put the Panthers up 5-2.
That's how the game would stay, as Medlam retired the Tigers in order in the seventh inning to seal the win.
The teams will conclude the series on Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m.