First Inning Rally Carries Towson Softball Over Delaware, 3-1, in Rubber Game of CAA Weekend Series
TOWSON, Md. -- The Towson University softball team scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the first inning as the Tigers posted a 3-1 victory over the University of Delaware Sunday afternoon at the Tiger Softball Complex.
The Tigers took the rubber game of the three-game weekend set, improving to 20-17 overall and 2-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hens dropped to 19-19 overall and 5-6 in league play.
Towson wasted little time in taking the lead as Olivia Yarbrough led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored when Maureen Hepner doubled to rightfield. One out later Delanie Dunham doubled home Hepner, while Holiday Cahill followed with a single to left to plate Dunham and make it a 3-0 game.
Delaware looked to counter in the second when Lisa Stacevicz singled and Michelle McKinnon doubled with two outs, but Tigers pitcher Missy McCormick struck out Danielle Wissinger to keep the Blue Hens off the board. Giovanna Kolofer then opened the top of the fourth with a triple to right, but McCormick buckled down to retire the next three UD batters as Towson maintained its three-run cushion.
Delaware avoided the shutout in the seventh when Stacevicz led off with a double to left before Shelby Jones singled home pinch runner Hannah George with two away. But McCormick regrouped to retire Jessica Grisler on a flyball to left to end the game.
McCormick improved to 11-7 for the Tigers after allowing one run on seven hits with four strikeouts in the complete game effort. UD starter Kelly Lupton fell to 6-6 after she surrendered three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning, while Kiersten Coffman gave up just three hits in 5.1 frames of scoreless relief.
The Blue Hens return to action on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Rider in Lawrenceville, N.J.