Towson struggles against Georgia State
Towson (20-20, 10-8 CAA) dropped two out of three games of a conference series versus Georgia State (18-23, 9-9 CAA) on Saturday, losing the final match by a score of 14-5.
The Tigers trailed 4-3 entering the seventh inning of the third game, but the Panthers shut the door with an eight-run outburst. Georgia State homered five times in the game, getting two apiece from right-fielder Jonathan Kolowich and catcher Scott Sarratt, as well as a grand slam from designated hitter Joey Wood.
“It was a one run game at that point, and they broke it open,” Head Coach Mike Gottlieb said. “We felt good. We had [Chris] Acker on the mound, but it just didn’t happen for him today. But ultimately, they had five home runs.”
Georgia State also took Friday’s first game 8-5, despite three-hit outputs by Pat Fitzgerald and Zach Fisher for Towson.
The teams completed seven innings of the second-game of the doubleheader, but suspended play due to darkness.
When the game resumed on Saturday morning, the Tigers scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to seal their victory 11-1.
In game two, freshman Peter Bowles led the Tigers offense with a double, a home run and four RBI’s. Prior to the third game of the series, Bowles had 15 RBIs in his past eight games. Senior pitcher Tyler Austin threw five scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out 10 batters.
“[Austin was] dominating,” Gottlieb said. “Just dominating. You go five innings and strike out 10 guys, that’s pretty special.”
Georgia State tallied first in series finale, when right-fielder Jonathan Kolowich homered off of Towson pitcher Kyle Paul in the second inning. The solo shot was his fourth of the season and gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers evened the score in the bottom of the third with no hits, but aggressive base running.
Kolowich struck again in the ensuing half of the inning with his second solo home run, earning his first career multi-home-run game, as well as a 2-1 lead for the Panthers. In the fifth inning, the Panthers took a 4-1 lead on Sarratt’s first home run of the game and an RBI groundout by left-fielder Landon Bennett.
Towson narrowed the gap in the following half of the inning on a pair of run-scoring doubles from Fisher and Fitzgerald, which trimmed Georgia State’s lead to one run 4-3.
The narrow margin would be short lived, however, as the Panthers put the game out of reach in the seventh inning by scoring eight runs.
With the bases loaded once again, designated hitter Joey Wood hit a grand slam to give the Panthers an 11-3 lead. Second baseman Roy Seltenrijc tripled with the bases empty and scored on a sacrifice fly by Surratt to cap-off the inning and give the Panthers an insurmountable lead.
Towson resumes action on Tuesday at John B. Schuerholz Park against Maryland.