Towson Avoids Elimination, Tops Delaware 3-1 in CAA Softball Championship
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (May 9, 2013) – Freshman designated player Caitie Barber hit the go-ahead homerun in the fifth inning to help fourth-seeded Towson avoid elimination from the 2013 CAA Softball Championship with a 3-1 victory over third-seeded Delaware Thursday evening at the Hofstra Softball Stadium.
The Tigers (30-27-1) turn around immediately to take on second-seeded JMU at 7:30 p.m. The winner between the Tigers/Dukes will advance to the CAA title game against top-seeded Hofstra at Noon tomorrow. Delaware finishes its season with a 35-22 overall record.
Senior right-hander Katie Lingmai (18-15) earned the victory for the Tigers giving up just one run on three hits over 7.0 innings to go along with five strikeouts. Delaware senior righty Chenxi Jiao dropped to 13-8 in the circle giving up three runs on five hits despite fanning six Towson batters.
Barber finished the game going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a home run and two RBI for the Tigers. Sophomore second baseman Macie McGeehan was 1-for-3 at the plate with a double and a RBI, while sophomore shortstop Hailey Balk also added a double for Towson.
The Blue Hens were led by junior designated player Michelle McKinnon, who tallied a RBI on a sacrifice fly despite finishing 0-for-2 on the day. Senior third baseman Lara Andrews and freshman Lisa Stacevicz also registered hits for UD.
Towson struck first in the top of the second with an RBI double from Barber that put the Tigers up 1-0. However, Delaware tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly from McKinnon scoring Andrews, who led off the inning with a single.
Barber quickly broke the tie with a single home run over the right field fence in the top of the fifth to put Towson back in front, 2-1.
Delaware offense threatened in the bottom of the fifth, as the Blue Hens loaded the bases after Andrews reached on an error with two outs, Shelby Jones was walked, and Marisa Newman reached base after getting hit by pitch. However, Lingmai was able to pitch out of the jam as Stacevicz popped out to junior third baseman Delanie Dunham.
The Tigers added to its lead in the top of the sixth as McGeehan singled home freshman outfielder Olivia Yarbrough to increase the score, 3-1.
All games throughout the championship will be video-streamed live on CAA.TV for FREE. The streams will also be simulcast on a combination of CSNWashington.com, CSNBaltimore.com and CSNPhilly.com. Live stats will also be available on CAASports.com on CAA Softball Championship Central.