TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore leftfielder Peter Bowles led a 19-hit attack with three hits and three runs batted in, guidng the Tigers (14-15, 6-4) to a 12-4 Colonial Athletic Association victory over William & Mary (20-11, 5-2) in the opening game of their three-game weekend series at John B. Schuerholz Park on Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Tigers snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Tribe came into the contest with 10 wins in its last 12 games.
Bowles was one of four Tigers with three hits in the game. He had two singles and a home run, scoring a pair of runs and driving in three.
The Tigers had a seasonal high 19 hits.
The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning as they put together five hits. With one out, junior second baseman Pat Fitzgerald and senior catcher Andrew Parker hit back-to-back singles. When junior rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono singled to left, Fitzgerald scored the first run of the game. When Bowles followed with an RBI single to leftfield, Parker scored. Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey threw to third trying to catch Fratantuono but he made a bad throw, allowing Bowles to reach second base.
Sophomore first baseman Brendan Butler gave the Tigers a 3-0 advantage when he hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield. A bunt single by junior centerfielder Brandon Gonnella gave the Tigers runners at first and third with two outs. It looked like senior righthander Brett Koehler would escape the inning without any further damage when designated hitter Kurt Wertz hit a towering popup to the infield. However, second baseman Ryan Lindemuth dropped the popup, allowing Bowles to score from third base. Gonnella tried to score all the way from first but Lindemuth recovered and threw Gonnella out at home plate.
In the bottom of the second, the Tigers added an unearned run when shortstop Hunter Bennett reached second base on a throwing error and scored on a single by Fitzgerald.
The Tribe got on the scoreboard in the third inning when senior shortstop Ryan Williams reached second base on a throwing error by third baseman Zach Fisher. He scored on a two-out single by freshman leftfielder Jonathan Sarty.
Bowles led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run, his second homer of the season. The Tigers added another run when Butler singled, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt, reached third on a hit Wertz and scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Bennett.
Leading by 7-1 in the fourth inning, the Tigers added to their lead. Fitzgerald led off with his third hit, a single to right center. With one out, Fitzgerald stole second base. He went to third base on an infield hit by Fratantuono. Bowles upped the Tigers’ lead to 8-1 with an RBI single to left. When Butler singled to right, the Tigers owned a 9-1 advantage.
In the seventh inning, the Tigers added two more runs to take an 11-1 lead. With one out, Wertz singled. Bennett followed with a single to rightfield as Wertz reached third base and Bennett went to second on the throw. Fisher drove in two runs when he singled to centerfield.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers extended the lead to 12-1 when Gonnella drew a two-out walk and scored on Wertz’s double off the rightfield fence.
The Tribe rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to cut their deficit to 12-4. Charley Gould led off with a single and William Shaw drew a walk. However, pinch hitter Connor Henderson grounded into a double play, the third double play that the Tigers turned in the game. An RBI single by Williams cut the lead to 12-2. After a walk to Jackson Shaver, Sarty reached on an infield error. When Ryan Brown doubled to drive in a pair of runs, the Tribe pulled to within 12-4. Lindemuth reached base when he was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and two outs, sophomore righthander Christian Duclos relieved freshman Joe Patton.
He ended the game by retiring Michael Katz on a fly ball to deep left centerfield.
Senior righthander Mike Volpe earned the win for the Tigers, upping his record to 4-2. In 6.2 innings, he allowed no earned runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Junior righthander Greg Baruka pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
While Bowles led the Tigers with three hits and three RBI’s, Fitzgerald, Fratantuono and Wertz also had three hits each.
Butler had two hits and drove in two runs. Among their 19 hits, the Tigers had 17 singles, a double and a home run.
Brown and Shaw led the Tribe with two hits each.
Towson and William & Mary will play the second game of their series on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.