TOWSON, Md., May 1, 2011 – Towson got a bases-loaded, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim a 2-1 win over James Madison softball in the final game of the team’s three-game series at the Towson Center Softball Complex on Sunday.
The Dukes dropped 27-22 overall and 6-11 in the Colonial Athletic Association while the Tigers upped their record to 25-23 on the season and 9-7 in league play.
Katie Lingmai improved to 2-0 in the series with her second complete-game effort of the weekend. The sophomore limited JMU to one run on three hits and a walk while striking out one to improve to 15-11 on the season.
Senior pitcher Olivia McPherson (Liberty, N.C./Southern Alamance) took the loss to drop to 11-12. She gave up two runs on five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
First baseman Andrea Stevenson led the TU offense, going 1-for-3 with a RBI while left fielder Rachel Miller doubled, walked and scored a run in four plate appearances. Shortstop Sammi DiPompo finished the game 1-for-4 with a RBI.
The Dukes were lead by sophomore center fielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) who went 1-for-3 with a home run. Sophomore left fielder Lori Botkin (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) went 1-for-2 with a double while redshirt senior right fielder Chel’sea Ryan (Henrico, Va./Sandston) had a hit in three at-bats.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Miller led off the game with a double to right field. She moved to second on a fly-out by DiPompo before scoring on a single through the right side by Stevenson.
Butler tied the score for the Dukes in the top of the fifth with a solo home run. The sophomore led off the inning with a blast to right-center field for her first home run of the season and the second of her career.
Towson earned the win in the seventh as DiPompo delivered a game-winning single with the bases loaded. TU put a pair of runners on to start the inning on back-to-back singles by catcher Jillian Donnelly and designated player Mickelle Oslin. Both runners advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt before Miller was intentionally walked to load the bases. DiPompo drove a single back up the middle for the winning run.
The Dukes return to the field next weekend as they welcome Drexel to Veterans Memorial Park to close out the regular season.
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