By: Payam Agha-Ghassem, Staff Writer
The Towson Tigers headed into the Colonial Athletic Association tournament having won 24 of their last 29 games. However, their season ended on Thursday as they fell to the Elon Phoenix 8-6 in an elimination game. The Tigers dropped the first game of the tournament against the James Madison Dukes on Wednesday 3-2.
In the loss against the third-seeded Phoenix (31-22, 11-10 CAA), the fourth-seeded Tigers (35-22, 10-11 CAA) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run double from sophomore infielder Holiday Cahill and an RBI single from senior pitcher Missy McCormick.
McCormick took the mound and was relieved by freshman pitcher Megan Dejter in the first inning after allowing four runs on four hits.
The Tigers took a 6-4 lead into the sixth inning. The Phoenix scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 8-6 lead.
In the seventh inning, the Tigers brought the go-ahead run to the plate in freshman infielder Olivia Baltazar, but the California native grounded into a game-ending double play.
The Dukes (47-8, 19-0 CAA) hit a walk-off solo home run to beat the Tigers on Wednesday.
The second-seeded Hofstra Pride went on to win the CAA tournament over the Dukes.
The Tigers head into the 2016 season with four out of five All-CAA players returning. Those returning include junior Olivia Yarbrough, freshman Brook Miko, Cahill and freshman Shelby Stracher. McCormick, the Tigers’ No. 1 starting pitcher, is graduating.
Cahill led the team with a .404 average with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs.
The Tigers also set a single-season school record for home runs with 49.