By: Tyler Young, Staff Writer
The Tigers (0-8) fell to the Bryant Bulldogs (1-6) by a score of 16-4 Sunday night at the Harford Sports Complex in Bel Air, Maryland.
Bryant’s offense was consistent throughout the game, scoring runs in six of the nine innings. Centerfielder Matt Albanese hit for the cycle and, as a team, Bryant connected for 17 hits including four doubles, a triple and two home runs.
It was the seven-run fourth inning that sealed the win for the Bulldogs. They sent 12 hitters to the plate and took advantage of five walks, three hits and an error to score their runs and knock the Tigers starting pitcher, junior Austin Clark, out of the game
Clark (0-2) took the loss for Towson, going 3.2 innings and allowing eight earned runs off of nine hits, four walks and one strikeout, ballooning his season ERA to 6.94 in a team-leading 11.2 innings pitched.
He was relieved by freshman right-hander Thomas Sanchez who worked through 1.1 innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits and four walks. Senior right-hander David Sapp followed with two innings of two-run work, and freshman left-hander Thayer Seely finished off the night with two shutout innings.
The defense struggled behind the Towson pitching staff, making four errors on the night, leading to four unearned runs. This has been a common theme in a season in which the team has just a .921 fielding percentage.
On the offensive side of things, the Tigers used three stolen bases, nine hits, 11 walks and four one-run innings to get on the board.
The stolen bases came from sophomore utilityman Brady Policelli and sophomore infielder Colin Dyer while junior Danny Caddigan was thrown out tyring to steal.
Junior designated hitter Spencer Sutton, junior outfielder Richie Blosser, sophomore outfielder A.J. Gallo and freshman outfielder Mark Grunberg notched two hits apiece with Blosser and Grunberg also adding an RBI each. The only other hit and RBI of the night came from Caddigan, who entered the game as pinch runner in the fifth inning.
Bryant’s starter, right-hander Kyle Wilcox, had trouble finding the strike zone as only 53 of his 107 pitches ended up as strikes and he walked eight Towson hitters in just 4.1 innings of work. It was right-hander James Davitt (1-0) who nabbed the win for the visiting team with his 4.2 innings pitched allowing one earned run on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
The Tigers were back in action Monday as they finished their series against Bryant with a doubleheader at the Harford Sports Complex. Towson won the first game, 12-11, behind four hits and five RBI from Sutton. Check back later for full ocverage of the whole series.