By: Jill Gattens, Contributing Writer
Towson opened up its season with a series win over California State Northridge this weekend, with the team’s only loss coming Saturday in a doubleheader series.
“I’m happy about this weekend,” Head Coach Mike Gottlieb said. “I have a better feel for our team and the direction they are going.”
The Tigers capped off their series Sunday with a 6-5 comeback win over the Matadors.
The Tigers trailed 3-0 in the top of the seventh, but redshirt senior outfielder A.J. Gallo’s singled to keep the inning alive, and a RBI single from fellow redshirt senior outfielder Colin Dryer sparked a 6-run inning.
Cal State Northridge added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but senior pitcher Kyle Stricker recorded his second save of the season to lift Towson to a series clinching win.
The Tigers split the Saturday doubleheader series with the Matadors. In game one, the Tigers fell behind early.
Towson attempted to rally with a seventh-inning solo home run by sophomore catcher Trey Martinez and an eighth-inning two-run home run by Gallo. However, the Tigers fell 11-7.
In game two of the Saturday doubleheader, the Tigers rallied in the late innings to secure a win over the Matadors.
Towson was behind 2-1 in the eighth inning, but Colin Gimblet ripped a double down the third base line to score Logan Burke, Gallo and Tristan Howerton to give the team a 4-2 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Richard Miller reached on an infield error that scored Dyer.
Later that inning, Richie Palacios delivered a two-run single that helped secure Towson a 7-2 victory over Cal State Northridge.
Towson opened the series against Cal State Northridge with a 4-1 victory over. Led by a strong start by Skyler Morris and three RBI from Dyer, this lead the team secured its first win of the season.
Morris went five innings and struck out four along the way. Dyer led the way offensively. He drove in three of Tigers four runs in the win.
“The pitching overall was good,” Gottlieb said. “The bullpen played a crucial part in all three wins.”
The Tigers had not won an opening day game since the 2014 season.
Towson will host Wagner in its home opening series which will run March 3-5 at John B. Schuerholz Baseball Complex.
“There were a lot of positive performances from the offense,” Gottlieb said. “I like what we have and hope we can play as well in the next series.”