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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Nicole Gould, Staff Writer
Dirt flies across the pitchers’ rubber and escapes into the air as Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher Nik Nowottnick’s metal spikes dig into the mound, getting a solid grip before the first pitch. The smooth feel of the leather ball rolls across his fingertips as his eyes look over the glove toward the catcher. He’s decided on a pitch. The roar of the crowd increases. He lifts his head out from behind the glove and the ball flies out of his right hand, as he whips a 90 mph pitch, 60 feet toward home plate. Strike. This is one of many scenarios that Nowottnick, a former Towson baseball standout, […] Read the full story »

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15 May 2014 | One Comment | By Jesse Jones, Senior Writer
  An injury plagued and weather delay-filled season couldn’t stop Towson’s eight seniors from ending their careers the way they ended last season, as winners. Despite posting just two wins all year in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Tigers matched their conference win total against rival Delaware over the weekend behind the play of their seniors — Greg Baruka, Hunter Bennett, Zach Fisher, Pat Fitzgerald, Dominic Fratantuono, Brandon Gonnella, Kyle Paul and Kurt Wertz. In Paul’s final game of his career, he pitched a nine-inning shutout to lead Towson to a 7-0 win over Delaware on Saturday before the other seven seniors sealed the deal on Sunday […] Read the full story »

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8 May 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
The last time Towson was to face the Maryland Terrapins in the Ripken Cup, the baseball gods did what they have done for much of the season to the Tigers: Prevent the Tigers from earning a win by causing a rain out — Towson has had 12 games cancelled this season due to inclement weather. And in the early part of the afternoon on Wednesday, the rain came down again. But the rain let up and the Tigers got a chance to take a stab at the Terrapins at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Despite the Tigers jumping out to an early 3-1 lead, the Terps slowly climbed […] Read the full story »

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Tigers score six runs as senior pitches seven innings
23 Apr 2014 | One Comment | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Entering Wednesday’s home game against Mount St. Mary’s, pitching was a concern for Towson. Over the previous three games, the Tigers allowed opponents to score a total of 31 runs, and the rotation suffered yet another injury; this time junior right-hander Chris Acker was the casualty. Head Coach Mike Gottlieb turned to senior reliever Greg Baruka to start Wednesday’s non-conference matchup, despite the fact that Baruka had not started a game all season. And Baruka did not disappoint. The right-hander earned the win for Towson as he pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on six hits. He also struck out six batters in the Tigers […] Read the full story »

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Towson piles up 12 hits in 4-2 win over Bucknell at Schuerholz Park
16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
After lasting only 2.2 innings and giving up three runs in the process on April 9, sophomore Joe Patton took the mound a week later against the Bucknell Bison at John B. Schuerholz Park. The right-hander turned things around in Towson’s non-conference matchup, as he held the Bison scoreless through five innings and ultimately earned the win in Towson’s 4-2 win. Patton only gave up two hits and two earned runs in five innings of work, while striking out four. Patton said his fastball was what worked for him Wednesday. “It was moving a lot and it was dropping a lot so I had hitters swinging over […] Read the full story »

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Freshman helps TU snap four-game losing streak
9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Before Wednesday’s game at George Washington, freshman infielder Brady Policelli had played in just 16 of Towson’s 26 games and started in only nine. But with the Tigers riding a four-game losing streak, Head Coach Mike Gottlieb made a change to his lineup and started Policelli as the team’s designated hitter. The freshman took advantage, as he went 4-for-4 with one home run, brought home two runners and scored two runs himself in Towson’s 5-3 win at Barcroft Park. “Struggled early,” Gottlieb said of Policelli. “Been watching him take [batting practice] and saw some promising things. Decided this week, yesterday and today, we needed to get him […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Matthew Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor; Jesse Jones, Sports Editor; Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
In this week’s sports podcast, Towerlight editors discuss the first week of the MLB season, as well as what kind of interest Towson’s Terrance West will draw in the NFL draft. April 9 Sports Podcast: Terrance West draft stock by Towerlighteditor on Mixcloud Read the full story »

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Towson suffers a three-game sweep to Charleston at home
6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
After its first Colonial Athletic Association series got cancelled due to rain, Towson started its conference campaign this weekend with a home series against College of Charleston. It’s not the start the Tigers wanted, however, as the Cougars walked away with a three-game sweep, dropping Towson to the bottom of the conference. Charleston (21-10, 4-2 CAA) used a 10-run ninth inning to defeat Towson 14-5 on Friday before squeaking out a 5-3 win on Saturday. And while the Tigers (14-12, 0-3 CAA) and Cougars were tied through five innings on Sunday, Charleston held off a late Towson run to win the third and final game of the […] Read the full story »

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Patton earns win as Tigers allow just two hits in 4-1 win
2 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
A day removed from a 10-3 loss to St. John’s in Queens, N.Y., Towson returned home for just its third game at John B. Schuerholz Park this season. Six of the Tigers’ home games this season were postponed or cancelled due to rain, but the sun shined down on the field Wednesday against Delaware State. Wednesday’s game proved to be a good tune up for this weekend’s conference opener, as the Tigers took down the Hornets 4-1. “It’s important,” Head Coach Mike Gottlieb said of the win. “We think we’re a good team. We certainly have not been all the time, and we really pitched well today.” […] Read the full story »

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5 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Coming off of a 2-1 weekend in which Towson defeated West Point and Albany before losing a 5-4 game against Campbell, the Tigers will now travel just 45 miles south to Annapolis to participate in the Naval Academy Tournament. The Tigers (6-3) will play three games in the tournament. On Friday, Towson will face Monmouth before taking on Penn Saturday and closing the weekend with a matchup against host Navy on Sunday. The Tigers looks to be the favorites heading into the weekend, as all three opponents have a combined record of just 4-14. Towson will kick things off against the Monmouth Hawks, who sit at 1-5 […] Read the full story »