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Brendan Butler delivered the game-winning run in the ninth inning.
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Brendan Butler delivered the game-winning run in the ninth inning.
Butler's Single Leads @Towson_BASE Past Huskies
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Release: 05/17/2013
TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore Brendan Butler singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Tigers (25-27, 14-12) edged Northeastern University (27-24, 11-15) by 7-6 in the second game of their three-game weekend Colonial Athletic Association series at John B. Schuerholz Park on Friday afternoon.

The Huskies, who were trying to clinch a berth in the CAA Tournament, had overcome a 6-4 deficit in the ninth inning to tie the game.

In the bottom of the ninth, junior designated hitter Kurt Wertz drew a one-out walk. With two outs, junior rightfielder Dominc Fratantuono was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. On a 3-2 pitch, Butler hit a hard ground ball up the middle that went for a base hit and scored Wertz with the winning run.

The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when freshman second baseman Michael Foster hit a towering drive over the rightfield fence for his fourth home run of the season.

In the bottom of the second, the Tigers managed to tie the score but they took themselves out of a big inning on the basepaths. Fratantuono led off with a single to left field. When Butler reached base on an infield hit, the Tigers had two runners on base with no outs. A sacrifice bunt by senior catcher Andrew Parker moved both runners into scoring position. Junior shortstop Hunter Bennett loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch.

Sophomore centerfielder Richie Blosser followed with a bloop single to rightfield, scoring Fratantuono with the tying run. However, Butler was thrown out at the plate by junior rightfielder Aaron Barbosa for the second out of the inning. With runners at first and third, Bennett and Blosser tried a double steal. But, the Huskies realized what was happening and shortstop Jason Vosler threw Bennett out at home plate, preserving the 1-1 tie.

With two outs in the third inning, it looked like Wertz would put the Tigers ahead when he hit a drive to deep leftfield. However, leftfielder Brad Burcroff went back to the fence, jumped up and robbed him of a home run.

After the Tigers tied the score in the second inning, sophomore righthander Nick Berger settled down and retired six batters in a row. However, Parker led off the fifth inning with a solo home run to left, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. It was Parker’s eighth home run of the season and the 20th homer of his career.

Facing freshman righthander Lee Lawler, the Huskies took a lead in the top of the sixth inning. Barbosa led off with an infield single. With one out, sophomore first baseman Rob Fonseca blasted a long home run to left field, his third of the season, giving the Huskies a 3-2 lead. With two outs, sophomore shortstop Jason Vosler extended the lead to 4-2 when he belted a solo homer over the right field fence.

In the bottom of the seventh, Blosser and Fisher hit back-to-back singles with one out. After junior second baseman Pat Fitzgerald popped up, Wertz launched a three-run homer to left centerfield. That gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead. It was his 11th homer of the series and the third in two games against Northeastern.

In the eighth inning, a two-out single by Bennett and an RBI double by Blosser gave the Tigers a 6-4 advantage.

Junior righthander Nik Nowottnick took the mound in the ninth inning with a 6-4 lead. Foster led off with a single to right. Then, Vosler blasted his second home run to tie the game. After Sean Lyons singled, junior righthander Greg Baruka came in to pitch. He got third baseman Pete Castoldi to ground into a double play.

The Huskies, who came into the game with 10 home runs on the season, hit four homers against the Tigers.

Towson outhit Northeastern by a 13-8 margin. Blosser led the Tigers with three hits and two RBI’s. Fisher, Fratantuono, Butler and Bennett also had two hits each.

Vosler led Northeastern with two hits and three RBI’s.

Towson and Northeastern will play the regular season finale on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Schuerholz Park. It will be Senior Day as the Tigers honor their seven seniors.


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