Conley leads Towson past Old
By Stuart Smith
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Six-seed Towson (29-27) posted
nine runs in the third inning and scored in five of the next
seven frames to cruise to a 17-10 win over fifth-seeded Old
Towson outfielder Brian Conley went 3 for 4 with a grand slam in
the third inning to pace the Tigers. The senior added a RBI
single in the eighth to finish with five RBI.
Old Dominion got on top early, scoring one run in the first on
an Anthony Shawler double that plated Bryan Cipolla. The
Monarchs added two runs in the second, one on a Chris Keenan
single and the other on a Jimmy Miles sacrifice fly to right
ODU hurler Ryan Bergh retired the first seven batters he faced
but stumbled in the third. After getting third baseman Steve
Yarsinsky to ground out, Bergh bobbled a bunt attempt, allowing
Austin Harclerode to reach. A walk, a single and a hit batter
loaded the bases for Conley, who sent Bergh’s 2-1 offering over
the center field wall. Matt Collins followed with a single, then
first baseman Greg Furmanek drove Bergh’s 0-1 pitch over the
wall for a two-run homer. Kyle Hald replaced Bergh on the mound
and walked the first two batters he faced. Helmick and Natoli
had back-to-back RBI singles for the Tigers, making the score
9-3 in favor of Towson. Hald got Kevin Collins to fly out to end
The teams traded runs in the
fifth. ODU scored two in the sixth, but Towson responded by
scoring three in the bottom half, keeping the Tigers ahead,
12-6. The Tigers scored one in the seventh and the teams traded
three runs in the eighth. ODU scored one run in the top of the
ninth to end the scoring.
“They (ODU) have good hitters in their lineup. I thought we had
to just keep going because there are no sure things here. We
have a good hitting team and I’m glad to see this happen away
from our ballpark,” said Towson head coach Mike Gottlieb.
Towson’s Spencer Patton pitched six innings of relief for the
Tigers, striking out three.
ODU’s Ryan Bergh lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up seven runs,
only four earned.
Towson returns to action on Friday with the opponent and time
yet to be determined.
Old Dominion dropped six of its last eight games on the season.