Coach Mike Gottlieb and the Tigers are hoping to play a three-game series against Hofstra this weekend.
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Coach Mike Gottlieb and the Tigers are hoping to play a three-game series against Hofstra this weekend.
Towson-Hofstra Series Opener Rained Out
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 03/28/2014

TOWSON, Md. – The opening game of the three-game weekend series between the Tigers (13-8) and Hofstra University (7-9), scheduled for Friday, March 28 at John B. Schuerholz Park, has been rained out.

This weekend’s series was slated to be the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.

Towson and Hofstra are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 29 at 12 noon with the series finale scheduled for Sunday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m.

The Tigers, who are the defending CAA champions, have won four of their last five games. They are coming off a 13-1 victory over Coppin State on Thursday afternoon.

For the Tigers, this is the fourth weather postponement of a home game this season. Towson was also postponed on March 18, March 25 and March 26.

Seniors Dominic Fratantuono and Brandon Gonnella are the Tigers’ top hitters. Frantantuono is batting .309 with 17 runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and 14 runs batted in. He had two hits and five RBI’s in the win over Coppin State. Gonnella, who is also the Tigers’ ace relief pitcher, has a .309 batting average with 17 runs scored, five doubles and 12 RBI’s.

Catcher Zach Fisher, the Tigers’ leadoff hitter, is batting .304 with a .455 on-base percentage. He has drawn 18 walks and has eight stolen bases in nine attempts.

Junior Peter Bowles also had a big game against Coppin State with two doubles and four RBI’s. He is batting .286 and tied for the team lead with 14 RBI’s.

The Tigers continue to receive solid pitching and have a 3.37 team E.R.A. Gonnella leads the staff with a 1-1 record and five saves with a 1.26 E.R.A. Sophomore righthander Lee Lawler has also been impressive. In three starts, he has a 2-0 record and a 2.45 E.R.A. Freshman lefthander Bruce Zimmermann leads the Tigers with a 3-2 record and a 3.60 E.R.A. In 30 innings of work, he has a team-leading 24 strikeouts.

Like Towson, Hofstra has also been dealing with weather problems.

Since opening the season on February 21, Hofstra has only played 16 games. Brian MacDonald leads the Pride with a .328 batting average. He has hit two home runs with 14 runs batted in. Kenny Jackson is batting .302 with seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBI’s.

Towson and Hofstra have played 76 times in a series that the Tigers lead, 48-28. Since the two schools became CAA rivals in 2002, the Tigers own a 20-16 series advantage.



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