Towson swept in series vs. Northeastern
Towson (20-25, 10-11 CAA) could not avoid being swept by Northeastern (17-21, 7-14 CAA) after dropping both games of a doubleheader Saturday and losing the finale on Sunday by a score of 2-0 at Friedman Diamond in Boston.
Huskies’ pitcher Kevin Ferguson, who hurled a one-hit shutout and faced the minimum of 27 batters to earn his fifth win of the season, was unsolvable for the Tigers. Ferguson struck out nine batters and walked none, throwing just 89 pitches in the effort.
“The strike zone was big for both sides, which helped everybody,” Head Coach Mike Gottlieb said. “[Ferguson] was throwing strikes with all three of his pitches. Other than one time for one hit when we did hit a ball hard, it was caught.”
Designated hitter Kurt Wertz logged the only hit for the Tigers with a single up the middle in the second inning.
Later in the inning, Northeastern erased the runner when catcher Jon Leroux picked Wertz off at first base.
Towson pitchers Taylor Clarke, Tyler Austin and Paul Beers combined for 13 strikeouts and allowed eight hits and three walks in the losing effort.
“We pitched pretty good,” Gottlieb said. “But when we don’t score any runs, it’s tough to win. If you look at the box score, we haven’t done a whole lot of scoring lately.”
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Huskies put their first run on the board with a RBI single by second baseman Jon Vosler.
Vosler’s hit scored left-fielder Matt Miller from second base and advanced third baseman Rob Fonseca to third base. Both hitters reached on walks.
In the innings preceding the sixth, the Huskies threatened, but could not score.
In the second inning, the Huskies threatened after Fonseca doubled down the left-field line and Leroux singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Clarke escaped the jam by striking out the next two batters to preserve the scoreless tie in the early stages
The Huskies pressured Clarke again in the third inning when right-fielder Aaron Barbosa tripled to right field with one out, but could not capitalize. Clarke struck out designated hitter John Puttress and retired Miller on a popup to end the inning.
Austin relieved Clarke in the fourth inning and was greeted by another jam. The Huskies put two on with no outs after Fonseca was hit by a pitch and Vosler singled. Austin then struck out Leroux and got Tucker Roeder and Oliver Hart to ground out to again leave the Huskies scoreless.
The Huskies added their second and final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Barbosa reached on a single, stole second base, and advanced to third on a groundout. With two outs, Barbosa scored on a wild pitch by Austin to give the Huskies an insurance run in the tight contest.
“[Ferguson] didn’t walk anybody [Sunday], and we walked a couple and it came back to haunt us,” Gottlieb said. “Take away one inning [Saturday], and we pitched well all weekend. In the key innings, when we gave up runs in each ballgame, there were walks involved. It’s funny how that works. Right now, we aren’t outhitting our mistakes. That’s a problem.”
Towson resumes action on Friday for a three-game road conference series at UNC Wilmington, which currently tops the Colonial Athletic Association standings.