By: Tyler Young, Staff Writer
The Tigers (15-33-2 overall, 8-13 CAA) lost two non-conference games to the UMBC Retrievers and Maryland Terrapins earlier this week, before a bye weekend.
Tuesday, Towson fell to UMBC by a score of 16-5 at Alumni Field in Baltimore. It is the second time the two teams have played this season. Towson has lost both encounters by a combined score of 28-5.
Sophomore catcher Billy Plante led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance. Senior Brendan Butler added two hits. Freshmen Chris Ruszin and Colin Gimblet had a hit apiece.
On the mound, senior right-hander David Sapp tossed five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Over the final three innings, four Towson pitchers combined to allow 14 runs from 11 hits and nine walks.
Wednesday, the Tigers lost to the Terrapins 9-2 in the Ripken Cup at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.
Freshman Mark Grunberg and junior Richie Blosser delivered two hits apiece. Butler, senior Peter Bowles and sophomore Brady Policelli added one hit each to round out the Towson offense.
Junior right-hander Austin Clark started on the mound, allowing seven earned runs over the opening 3.1 innings of the game. The bullpen followed with a strong performance. Junior right-hander Garrett Walther, sophomore right-hander Matt Allen and sophomore left-hander Bruce Zimmermann combined for 4.2 innings and allowed just one run.
The Tigers now sit in seventh place in the Colonial Athletic Association with an 8-13 in-conference record. Only the top six teams qualify for the CAA tournament.
Towson’s final series of the season starts on Thursday against the fifth-place Delaware Blue Hens, who have a 9-12 conference record.
Should the Tigers win all three games this weekend, they will take fifth place in the conference. Winning two out of three would give them the sixth, and final, spot in the tournament. Losing the series would be the end of the season for the Tigers.
Game 1 of the crucial series begins on Thursday at Bob Hannah Stadium in Newark, Delaware.
For games two and three on Friday and Saturday, Delaware’s athletic website will provide video coverage of the matchup. First pitch for Games 1 and 2 is setfor 3 p.m.
Game 3 will begin at 1 p.m.