TOWSON BREAKS OUT THE BATS, BLANKS DELAWARE FOR 5-0 WIN
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 12, 2011) - Senior Sammi DiPompo went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Towson to a 5-0 triumph over Delaware in game four of the CAA Softball Championship at the Hofstra Softball Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.
DiPompo led all players with a game-high three hits, while senior Rachel Miller went 2-for-4 and junior Andrea Stevenson had a hit and a pair of RBI for the Tigers. Sophomore Lara Andrews went 1-for-2 at the plate in recording the Blue Hens' lone hit on the afternoon.
Sophomore Katie Lingmai hurled all seven innings to earn the win (17-13), allowing one hit while walking five and fanning eight. Freshman Kathleen Conway was credited with the loss, giving up seven hits and three runs (two earned) while walking two and retiring three on strikes in seven innings of work. Junior Amanda Stacevicz pitched one inning in relief, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned) to go with one strikeout.
With the win, Towson improves to 28-25 on the year and advances through the loser's bracket to play Georgia State today at 5:00 p.m. The winner of that contest will meet Hofstra in the championship game on Friday at Noon. The Blue Hens, who were eliminated from the championship with the loss, end the season with a record of 21-34.
Towson looked to take an early lead in the top of the first frame. DiPompo singled to left field and Stevenson reached on an error by Delaware first baseman Bertie Lake to put a pair of runners on board for junior Lindsey Kent, who failed to convert as she popped out on the next play to end the inning.
The Blue Hens had their own chance in the bottom of the frame. Andrews found her way to first on an infield single and was soon joined by Stacevicz and sophomore Gina Knutson, who were walked to load the bases. All three would be left stranded as Lingmai fanned junior Rachel Jones for her second strikeout of the game.
The Tigers put a pair of tallies in the runs column in the third inning. After Miller got things going with a single up the middle and junior Erika Stasch reached base on a walk, Stevenson doubled to right field to drive them home and give the team a 2-0 lead.
Towson was in prime position to push its lead in the top of the sixth inning after Kent connected for a one-out shot to right field and sophomore Jillian Donnelly drove a single to shallow right before both runners advanced on an error by Jones in right field. However, rookie Mickelle Oslin then hit into a double play to close out the inning.
The Tigers would add some insurance in the top of the seventh inning. After junior Courtney Wittner opened up the frame with a one-out single up the center, Miller found the left infield gap for a single of her own. DiPompo then connected on her third hit of the game with a double to deep left to drive home Wittner and Miller before Stasch extended the Tigers' advantage to 5-0 with a single to right field that drove home DiPompo.
2011 CAA Softball Championship
Wednesday, May 11
Game 1: #1 Hofstra 9, #4 Delaware 0 (F/5)
Game 2: #2 Georgia State 3, #3 Towson 2 (F/12)
Thursday, May 12
Game 3: Hofstra 1, Georgia State 0 (F)
Game 4: Towson 5, Delaware 0 (F)
Game 5: Georgia State (33-23) vs. Towson (28-25), 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13 (championship round)
Game 6: Hofstra (40-11) vs. Game 5 winner, 12:00 p.m.
Game 7: same two teams (if necessary), 30 minutes following