BETHESDA, Md. – Catcher Zach Fisher had three hits and drove in two runs as the Tigers (11-8) erupted for season highs in runs and hits en route to a 10-2 victory over Georgetown University (9-11) in the second game of a three-game weekend series between the Tigers and the Hoyas at Shirley Povich Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers, who were held to 14 hits in their three previous games, exploded for a season high 13 hits against the Hoyas. Towson also scored a season high 10 runs.
Sophomore righthander Lee Lawler was the beneficiary of all of the Towson offensive support. He picked up his second win of the season by allowing only two runs on four hits in five innings of work. Senior lefthander Kyle Paul added three innings of shutout relief before Matt Golczewski threw a scoreless ninth inning.
The Tigers, who dropped a 6-2 decision to the Hoyas on Friday, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Junior Brendan Butler led off the inning by drawing a walk. With two outs, Butler stole second base. When senior shortstop Pat Fitzgerald doubled down the rightfield line, Towson owned a 1-0 lead. Colin Dyer struck out to end the inning.
In the fourth inning, the Tigers extended their lead to 2-0. Senior Kurt Wertz led off with a double to left centerfield. With two outs, senior Hunter Bennett singled to left, scoring Wertz with Towson’s second run.
Towson added an unearned run in the fifth when Fisher led off with a single, went to second base on a sacrifice and scored when Butler’s ground ball to third base went for an error.
In the sixth inning, Fitzgerald led off with a single and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Fisher gave Towson a 5-0 advantage when he belted his first home run of the season over the rightfield fence.
Lawler took a two-hit shutout into the bottom of the sixth.
However, freshman centerfielder Beau Hall led off with a single before Ryan Busch drew a walk. A single by leftfielder Patrick Camporini loaded the bases with no outs. Paul came in from the bullpen and retired the next three hitters as two runs scored. When sophomore Nick Collins grounded out to first base, Hall scored the Hoyas’ first run. A sacrifice fly by senior Steve Anderson cut the Hoyas’ deficit to 5-2. Junior A.C. Carter was retired on a fly ball to end the rally.
Leading by 5-2, the Tigers broke the game open in the eighth inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate. Fisher started the rally with a double and stole third base. A single by senior Brandon Gonnella scored Fisher for a 6-2 lead. With one out, Wertz drew a walk. Both Gonnella and Wertz moved up a base on a wild pitch before Butler was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Chris Henze gave the Tigers a 7-2 lead when he singled to left, driving in a run. A bases-loaded walk to Bennett enabled Wertz to score the eighth run. Fitzgerald gave Towson a 9-2 lead when he lined an RBI single to left. A sacrifice fly by Dyer closed out the scoring as Towson lead, 10-2.
After pitching three shutout innings, Paul was relieved by Golczewski in the ninth. He allowed two hits but nailed down the victory.
“We finally put some hits together,” said Coach Mike Gottlieb. “Zach really swung the bat well today. He is such a good base-runner that he makes things happen when he is on base. His home run in the sixth seemed to put a charge in us.”
While Fisher led the Tigers with three hits and three runs scored, Fitzgerald had three hits and two RBI’s. Gonnella, Wertz and Henze also had two-hit games for the Tigers.
Towson outhit Georgetown, 13-6.
Towson and Georgetown close out their three-game weekend series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at John B. Schuerholz Park.
It will be the Tigers’ much-delayed home opener and starts a 10-game homestand.