Blue Hens Eliminated From CAA Softball Tournament Following 5-0 Loss To Towson
May 12, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. –Towson pitcher Katie Lingmai tossed a one-hit shutout while the Tigers used rallies in the third and seventh innings to defeat Delaware, 5-0, in an elimination game Thursday afternoon at the Colonial Athletic Association Softball Tournament.
The third-seeded Tigers, who improve to 28-25 on the season, advance to face Georgia State at 5:15 p.m. in another elimination game. The fourth-seeded Blue Hens end their first season under head coach Jaime Wohlbach with a 21-34 mark.
Delaware looked to take the lead in the bottom of the first, as with two outs Lara (at right) singled up the middle before Amanda Stacevicz and Gina Knutson each walked. However Lingmai struck out Rachel Jones swinging to get out of the inning.
Towson took the lead in the top of the third inning by scoring a pair of runs off Blue Hen starter Kathleen Conway. Rachel Miller singled up the middle with one out, and following a foul out by Sammi DiPompo, Erika Stasch worked a base on balls. After the runners moved to second and third on a passed ball, Andrea Stevenson delivered a two-run double to the fence in rightcenter to put the Tigers on top.
After going in the order during the bottom of the third, Delaware looked to rally in the fourth. Following a flyout to the fence in rightcenter by Stacevicz, walks to Knutson and Michelle Grap put two runners on base with two outs. But Langmai retired Conway on a groundout to second to escape the jam.
The Tigers looked to add onto their lead during the top of the sixth, as consecutive singles by Lindsey Kent and Jillian Connelly combined with a Jones throwing error put runners on second and third with one out. However Conway got Towson pinch hitter Mickelle Oslin to hit a groundball to UD first baseman Bertie Lake, who stepped on first and then fired to second to pick off Connelly.
However Towson pulled away with three runs in the seventh. Courtney Wittner opened the frame with a single up the middle, and Stacevicz then replaced Conway in the circle for the Blue Hens. Stacevicz immediately retired Byna Abbott on a popped up bunt, but Miller singled to left and DiPompo delivered a two-run double to the fence in leftcenter. Stasch then dropped a single in front of Jones in right field, chasing home DiPompo with the final run of the contest.
Lingmai improved to 17-13 for Towson after striking out eight batters while allowing the single to Andrews and working around five walks. Conway dropped to 6-10 for UD after allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits in six innings of work while Stacevicz was charged with two runs, one earned, on three hits in one inning.
Andrews and Michelle McKinnon earned CAA All-Tournament Team honors for Delaware, which returns every player except current UD seniors Grap and Anne Marie Pagano for the 2012 season.Back To Softball Home Softball Story Archive