TOWSON, Md., April 30, 2011 – Sophomore pitcher Katie Lingmai threw a shutout in game one and followed it up with a save in game two to lead Towson to a doubleheader sweep over James Madison Softball at the Towson Center Softball Complex on Saturday. TU won game one 6-0 before taking the nightcap 8-6.
The Dukes dropped to 27-21 overall and 6-10 in the Colonial Athletic Association while the Tigers improved to 24-23, 8-7.
In game two, freshman pitcher Brittany Jeans (Camano Island, Wash./Stanwood) took the loss to drop to 6-9. She allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out one in three innings pitched. Junior right-hander Casey Mansfield (Suffolk, Va./Isle of Wight) pitched 2/3 innings of relief and gave up five runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks. Senior Olivia McPherson (Liberty, N.C./Southern Alamance) gave up three hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
Dominique Ortega earned the win to improve to 9-11. She ceded six runs, three earned, on 12 hits in six innings. The right-hander did not walk or strikeout a batter. Katie Lingmai earned her first save of the season with an inning of two-hit relief.
Offensively, JMU pounded out 14 hits led by freshman third baseman Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs while redshirt senior left fielder Chel’sea Ryan (Sandston, Va./Henrico) added two hits, including a double, a run and a RBI. Junior shortstop Ashley Burnham (Danvers, Va./Danvers) chipped in with a single, a double and a run scored in four at-bats.
Second baseman Lindsey Kent led the Tigers, going 3-for-4 with a home run. Left fielder Rachel Miller went 2-for-4 and scored three runs while first baseman Andrea Stevenson had a double, a run and three RBIs.
TU took advantage of a JMU error to strike for the game’s opening run in the top of the first. Miller reached on a fielding error to lead off the game and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. She scored on a double by center fielder Erika Stasch.
Towson extended its lead in the third inning on back-to-back hits by Miller and shortstop Sammi DiPompo. Miller doubled to lead off the frame before scoring on DiPompo’s single up the middle.
Madison came back to tie the score in the fourth inning by taking advantage of three hits and a Towson throwing error. Sophomore first baseman Haley Johnson (Broad Run, Va./Ashburn) started the rally with a one-out double. Freshman pinch runner Lindsey Tomasz (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) scored came around to score on a throwing error by the Tigers to make the score 2-1. After a single advanced sophomore Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) to second, Sandy singled to center, scoring Butler.
The tie was short lived as the Tigers bounced back for six runs in the bottom half of the fourth. The inning was highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Kent and catcher Jillian Donnelly.
The Dukes cut the lead back down to two with a four-run fifth inning. Burnham led off the inning with a double and scored on TU’s second throwing error of the game. A single by junior second baseman Caitlen Manning (Prince George, Va./Prince George) with nobody out. RBI ground-outs by Johnson and senior catcher Katie Spitzer (Broadway, Va./Broadway) cut the lead to 8-5 before Sandy capped the inning with a run-scoring single to center.
JMU put the tying run on base with a pair of two-out singles in the seventh, but Lingmai escaped the jam with a strikeout to end the game.
In game one, Lingmai limited Madison to four hits and three walks to up her record to 14-11. The sophomore struck out six batters in the complete-game effort.
McPherson took the loss for the Dukes to drop to 11-11. She allowed six runs, three earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out two.
Miller went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs to pace the Tigers offense. Stevenson added a double, a run and a RBI while right fielder Brianna Jones was 1-for-2 with a walk and a RBI.
Four different players had hits for JMU, including Burnham who went 1-for-2 with a two walks. Manning, Johnson Butler each added hits for the Dukes while Sandy added a walk in three plate appearances.
A pair of two-out singles led to Towson taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. DiPompo reached on a fielder’s choice before moving to second on a stolen base. Stasch singled through right side to start the scoring and scored on a single by Stevenson.
Jones pushed the lead to 3-0 with a RBI single in the sixth. Another two-out, this time by Miller, plated three unearned runs for TU. Miller doubled with the bases loaded, scoring Kent, third baseman Bina Abbot and pinch runner Kelli Lyons.
The Dukes and Tigers conclude their three-game series on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
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