TU takes down The Mount
First baseman Peter Bowles continues to swing a hot bat after being named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week. He hit a home run and drove in two runs in Tuesday’s contest.
Over the past six games, Bowles has a .600 batting average and 11 runs batted in.
Catcher Andrew Parker also contributed to the 10-run outburst with a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning.
It was Parker’s fourth home run of the season.
On the mound, sophomore pitcher Kyle Paul paced the game for the Tigers, pitching seven innings of three-hit ball and allowing one run. He accomplished this on just 76 pitches, 49 of which were strikes.
The game had the early makings of a pitchers’ duel. Each team combined for three hits over the first three innings.
It wasn’t until the fourth inning when a sacrifice fly by center fielder Brandon Gonnella and an RBI single by third baseman Mike Draper gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
The Mountaineers ended Paul’s shutout bid in the sixth inning after center fielder Brandon Scott singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from second baseman Michael Foster.
Shortstop Nick Walker reached base on an error to advance Scott, who then scored on a sacrifice fly by catcher Mark Quaranta, halving the deficit to 2-1.
It didn’t remain a one-run game for long, when Bowles homered to lead off the ensuing half of the inning.
Parker reached base after being hit by a pitch and advanced after Gonnella walked. Parker advanced once more after Draper reached on a fielder’s choice to give the Tigers runners on the corners with two outs.
Then, Towson Head Coach Mike Gottlieb called for a double steal to give the Tigers a late three-run lead. Draper took off for second base and drew a throw from Quaranta. After he released the ball, Parker ran home in time to score Towson’s fourth run of the game.
Gottlieb was unavailable for comment.
Parker continued his damage and drove in all four Tiger runs in the seventh inning with his grand slam, followed by Bowles and pinch hitter Zach Fisher each adding RBI singles in the eighth inning.
This marks the fifth time this season the Tigers scored in double digits.
Despite this, the Mountaineers didn’t go quietly in the ninth inning.
With Sean Bertrand pitching, Scott hit his second home run of the season to give the visitors life. The three-run bomb shortened the Tigers lead to 10-5, but Bertrand escaped the inning after getting Foster to ground out and end the game.
Towson resumes action Friday when they host Georgia State for a pivotal three-game CAA series. The Panthers currently sit in 7th place in the CAA.