Softball: Tigers fall to Dukes
By: Sarah Van Wie, Staff Writer
Towson was swept in a three-game series by No. 7 James Madison this weekend in Harrisonburg, Virginia, at Veterans Memorial Park.
Sunday, the Tigers (22-10, 2-4) fell to the Dukes (30-2, 6-0) 3-0.
“It was exciting and there was a lot of adrenaline,” freshman infielder Bailey Boyd said. “But it was just another game to us.”
James Madison got on the board first and took a 2-0 lead over Towson in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI double from junior right fielder Taylor Newton.
In the fourth inning, the Dukes extended their lead to 3-0 on an RBI single from senior catcher Erica Field.
Despite surrendering just three runs over six innings of work, sophomore pitcher Megan Dejter suffered her sixth loss of the season as the Towson offense was held scoreless and collected just one hit.
Towson fell to James Madison 11-6 Saturday.
The Tigers took an early 2-0 lead over the Dukes thanks to a first inning two-run home run from sophomore catcher Shelby Stracher.
However, James Madison scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-2 lead over Towson.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Tigers pulled within one run of the Dukes on a solo home run from sophomore shortstop Brook Miko.
However, James Madison went on to score two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to hold of Towson’s comeback efforts.
“This weekend just gave us some more things to practice and clean up until we see them [James Madison] again,” sophomore third baseman Daria Edwards said.
Friday, the Tigers fell to the Dukes 16-0.
In the first inning, James Madison scored on a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice-fly to take an early 2-0 lead over Towson.
In the second, the Dukes took a 4-0 lead over the Tigers after hitting an RBI single down the left field line and a solo home run to left center field.
James Madison continued its offensive surge in the third and fourth innings, scoring a combined 12 runs to secure the victory.
Senior pitcher Amber Hickman was tagged with her third loss of the season.
Towson will look to snap its three game losing streak against Norfolk State in a two-game series against the Norfolk State Spartans Tuesday and Wednesday at TU Softball Stadium.
Following its series with Norfolk State, Towson will continue Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia against rival Drexel.