By: Sarah Van Wie, Staff Writer
Towson suffered a series loss to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Charleston this weekend in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
“It was a very competitive series,” junior infielder Caroline Reid said. “They are a good team and they played us hard.”
Sunday, the Tigers (30-13, 7-7 CAA) fell to the Cougars (28-21) 3-2.
The College of Charleston struck first in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore third baseman Taylor DuPree hit an RBI single up the middle of the diamond.
Later in the inning, the Cougars extended their lead to 2-0 when senior center fielder Rebecca Mueller hit an RBI single to center field.
However, the Tigers battled back and tied the game 2-2 when sophomore shortstop Brook Miko hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the College of Charleston scored what proved to be the game-winning run on an RBI single from senior first baseman Chandler Frisbie.
Senior Ambar Hickman suffered her fourth loss of the season while senior Valerie Cassell was credited with her sixth victory.
Saturday, Towson defeated the College of Charleston 3-2.
Miko put the Tigers on the board in the first inning thanks to an RBI single to center field that scored sophomore center fielder Kendyl Scott.
However, the College of Charleston battled back in the fifth inning and took a 2-1 lead over Towson after an RBI single from freshman shortstop Kelly Sinclair and DuPree stole home.
An inning later, the Tigers took a 3-2 lead on a RBI single from junior first baseman Holiday Cahill and a sacrifice-fly from sophomore third baseman Daria Edwards.
Hickman was credited with her 11th win of the season after tossing a complete seven innings and allowing only two runs on seven hits.
Friday, the Tigers fell to the Cougars 6-1.
The College of Charleston jumped out to an early 5-0 lead over Towson in the second inning and never looked back.
The Cougars extended their lead to 6-0 in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single up the middle from Cassell.
Towson’s lone run of the game came on a fielder’s choice to shortstop from sophomore catcher Shelby Stracher that scored freshman designated hitter Nicole Stockinger.
Sophomore Megan Dejter was tagged with her eighth loss of the season while junior Samantha Martin earned her 13th win on the year.
Towson will return home to the TU Softball Complex where it will look to rebound in a two-game midweek series against Villanova before welcoming CAA rival Delaware for a three-game series beginning Friday.
“We only have two more series to solidify a spot in the [CAA] tournament,” senior Courtney Johnson said. “So it’s going to be a grind these next two weeks.”
Following its series against Delaware, Towson will battle CAA rival UNC Wilmington to conclude its 2016 regular season.
-Jordan Cope contributed to this article