ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Freshman lefthander Bruce Zimmermann held Pennsylvania (0-5) to one earned run on five hits in six innings of work, leading the Tigers (8-3) to a 4-2 victory over the Quakers in the second round of the Navy Invitational at Max Bishop Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Zimmermann walked only one hitter and struck out eight while earning his third straight victory.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when graduate student Zach Fisher led off with a single to centerfield. After he stole second base, senior Pat Fitzgerald doubled down the leftfield line, scoring Fisher. However, Ronnie Glenn retired the next three hitters to pitch out of the jam.
In the bottom of the second inning, senior Dominic Fratantuono led off with an infield single. Junior Brendan Butler singled to leftfield. Both runners moved into scoring position when senior Hunter Bennett bunted.
Freshman Brady Policelli reached base on a fielder’s choice as Fratantuono scored the Tigers’ second run. Fisher upped the Tigers’ lead to 3-0 when he bunted for a single. But, the Tigers’ rally ended when Fitzgerald hit into a double play.
The Tigers upped their lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning. With one out, Fisher singled to left. After he stole second base, he scored on an RBI single by Gonnella.
In the seventh inning, the Quakers broke up the shutout. Rick Brebner led off the inning by reaching base on an error. An RBI double by Mitch Montaldo down the left field line allowed Brebner to cut the deficit to 4-1. A walk to Ryan Mincher gave Penn two runners on base.
Walther relieved Zimmermann at that point and allowed a sacrifice bunt to Ian Kukowski, moving two runners into scoring position. Montaldo scored on a single by Brandon Engelhardt, pulling Penn to within 4-2. But, Walther retired pinch hitter Matt Greskoff on a pop up. Then, he retired the side by getting Austin Bossart to ground out to first base.
After Walther retired the Quakers in order in the eighth inning, Gonnella came in to pitch the ninth inning. After allowing a single to Connor Betbeze, he got Engelhardt to fly out to centerfield. Then, he struck out Greskoff to end the game.
Fisher led the Tigers with three hits, two runs, one RBI and two stolen bases.
Both teams had eight hits in the game.
Towson concludes play in the Navy Tournament by facing the Mids on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.