TOWSON, Md. – A four-run sixth inning helped the Tigers rally from a 3-2 deficit and hold on for a 6-5 win over the UNC Wilmington Seahawks (7-33, 2-9 CAA) in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at the Tiger Softball Complex. The win for the Tigers came after Towson (19-22, 4-7 CAA) fell to the Seahawks in the first game by a 3-0 score.
Brianna Jones began the game-two comeback by hitting a game-tying double that allowed pinch-runner Stevie Patnode, on second base after Hailey Balk led off the inning with a double of her own, to score and tie the game at 3-3. Macie McGeehan singled and Erika Stasch walked to load the bases for catcher Jillian Donnelly. She then reached base on a fielder’s choice in which UNC Wilmington was unable to record an out and allowed two Towson runs to score, making it a 5-3 Towson advantage. The Tigers would add their sixth run on a sacrifice fly.
However, the Seahawks did not give up in the seventh inning despite trailing 6-3. A pinch double by Camry Wagner and a single by Ashley Shingleton brought up shortstop Lauryn Buckworth, who had been a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Buckworth got her fourth hit of the game when she lined a double that scored Wagner and Shingleton, bringing the score to 6-5.
The game ended when Stasch, Towson’s senior centerfielder, threw out pinch runner Olivia Poplin at the plate for the final out of the seventh inning after a single by Stacey Pinno, preserving a Towson victory.
Towson freshman Missy McCormick pitched all seven innings for the Tigers in the win and earned her fifth victory of the season.
In the second game, Kristen Jernigan hit a two-run double in the sixth inning to increase the UNC Wilmington lead to 3-0. That was all run support Seahawks pitcher Amanda Davenport would need, as she threw her third shutout of the season and improved her record to 6-16 with the complete game. Davenport yielded just four hits and no walks while striking out four batters.
Towson junior Katie Lingmai fell to 11-9 with the loss despite allowing only five hits and three runs while also throwing a complete game. She struck out 10 batters, the fifth time this season she posted double digit strikeouts.
Balk had two hits in both game one and game two, increasing her hitting streak to 11 straight games. She also has at least two hits in six straight contests and is batting .386 this season, which leads the Colonial Athletic Association.
The Tigers and Seahawks will wrap up their series Sunday with a game that begins at 1 p.m. at the Tiger Softball Complex.