TOWSON, Md. - The Tigers will try for their third straight win Thursday when they host the Georgetown Hoyas for a game which begins at 4 p.m. at the Tiger Softball Complex.
The Tigers have won five of their last six games while allowing only 10 runs during that stretch, a sign of the excellent pitching the team has received as of late.
Junior Katie Lingmai and freshman Missy McCormick have been outstanding in the circle for Towson. Lingmai threw a total of 14 innings in two games against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks last weekend, going 1-1 while allowing nine hits and just four runs. She is second in the Colonial Athletic Association with 166 strikeouts and her 2.07 earned run average is fourth.
McCormick has won her last two decisions and has thrown at least six innings in six of her last nine appearances. This season, she has a 2.90 earned run average.
The standout play of seniors Andrea Stevenson, Brianna Jones and Erika Stasch has been vital to Towson's opprotunistic offense, which has scored 10 or more runs in five games this season. Stevenson has been locked in at the plate over her last six games, batting .353 (6-for-17) with four runs batted in.
Stasch (31 RBI's) and Jones (25) have been consistent run producers throughout the season for the Tigers and have combined to drive in 34.4 percent (56-of-163) of the team's runs scored this season.
Freshman shortstop Hailey Balk is quickly establishing as one of the league's top hitters. Balk is on a 12-game hitting streak for the Tigers and has raised her batting average from .286 on March 31 to her current mark of .388. That mark leads the CAA.
The Hoyas enter Thursday 2-9 in the BIG EAST and 17-26 overall. Shikara Lowe leads the team with a .309 average and has a team-best 21 RBI's this season.