TU extends winning streak to 10
By: Billy Owens, Assistant Sports Editor
Photo by Owen Didonna/ The Towerlight
Towson extended its winning streak to 10 after picking up four wins in the Tiger Clash at the Tiger Softball Stadium this weekend.
The team defeated both Fairfield and Mount St. Mary’s twice over the course of Saturday and Sunday’s action.
Sunday, the Tigers defeated the Stags 9-1 in the early afternoon before topping the Mountaineers 6-1 later in the day.
Against Fairfield, Towson got off to a good start by scoring two runs in each of the first two innings to take a 4-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third, senior catcher Shelby Stracher singled to center field, scoring senior infielder Brook Miko. Shortly after, junior infielder Kaylen Minnatee hit an RBI double to center field, scoring Stracher and junior Nicole Stockinger.
Leading 7-1 through three innings, the Tigers added a run in each of the next two innings. Miko hit a double to right center to score sophomore infielder Madison Wilson in the fourth inning, while senior outfielder Kendyl Scott doubled to score sophomore infielder Jaclyn Mounie.
The game ended after the fifth inning due to a mercy rule, as Towson led by eight runs through five innings.
Sophomore Julia Smith-Harrington (5-2) pitched her second complete game of the season, finishing with one run on two hits and six strikeouts.
Against the Mount, Towson got an early lead in the first inning when Miko grounded out with the bases loaded, scoring Scott. In the second, Scott singled to left field and scored freshman Riley Thies after an error in left field.
The Tigers added to their lead in the third inning when Stockinger hit a three-run home run to left center, also scoring Miko and senior infielder Daria Edwards.
The Mountaineers attempted a comeback in the fourth with an unearned run, but the home team responded with an unearned run by Mounie batted in by Scott to remain comfortably ahead.
Freshman Melissa Abrahamian (3-0) allowed one unearned run on four hits and had six strikeouts through five innings.
Saturday, Towson handily defeated the Stags 14-1 before shutting out the Mountaineers 4-0.
The Tigers started strong against Fairfield, taking a 5-0 lead after two innings. Their lead skyrocketed in the fourth inning as they scored nine runs.
Stockinger hit a grand slam to put Towson up 9-0 before Scott hit another home run to score three and increase the lead to 12-0. Edwards then hit a two-run home run to further increase it to 14-0.
Senior Megan Dejter (7-0) allowed two hits and no runs in four innings, her fourth consecutive shutout.
Later that afternoon, Towson once again took an early lead against Mount St. Mary’s. The home team pulled off a three-run first inning courtesy of an RBI double by Miko to score Edwards and a two-run double to center field by Stockinger to score Stracher and Miko.
The Tigers scored again in the sixth inning when junior infielder Cassidy Meyer hit a solo home run to center field.
Smith-Harrington (4-2) had four perfect innings and threw a no-hitter through 7.1 innings, walking two and striking out three.
Towson looks to continue its winning ways with a doubleheader at home against University of Maryland Eastern Shore Wednesday afternoon before taking on Canisius College and University of North Carolina Greensboro in the Spartan Classic at the UNCG Softball Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina, this weekend.