Towson Rallies to Defeat ODU, 12-9
April 12, 2008
TOWSON, MD--Towson (18-16/7-7) erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning highlighted with a three-run homer by Brian Conley to defeat Old Dominion (15-17/7-8), 12-9 Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 4-0 after two innings, ODU rallied to take the lead twice. In the third, ODU scored five runs thanks to RBI hits from Max Most, Bryan Cipolla, David Burns and Gerard Hall along with a groundout RBI by Anthony Shawler to give ODU a 5-4 lead.
Towson tied the game in the bottom of the third, but senior centerfielder Jimmy Miles gave the Monarchs the lead again with a leadoff homer in the top of the fourth. The Monarchs added three in the sixth. Miles singled, then stole two bases and came home on Cipolla's RBI single. Anthony Shawler then singled home Max Most, and Jake McAloose doubled home Cipolla. The Monarchs took a 9-5 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Towson cut ODU's lead to 9-8 when with runners on first and third Brian Conley slammed a three-run homer to put the Tigers up 11-9. Matt Collins then followed with a solo shot to make it 12-9.
Towson reliever Josh Squatrito came on in the eighth to pick up his second straight save in the series and fifth of the season.
Jimmy Miles led ODU with four hits in six at-bats along with two stolen bases. He now leads the Monarchs with a.385 batting average and a CAA leading 26 stolen bases. Miles scored three times on the day. Bryan Cipolla, Anthony Shawler and Jake McAloose each had three hits on the day. Cipolla and Shawler also knocked in two runs a piece.
Brian Conley led Towson with five RBI, while Nick Natoli and Steve Yarsinsky each had three hits for the Tigers.
Game three of the series is Sunday at 1 p.m. at Schuerholz Park.
ODU 005 103 000 9-18-1 TU 131 000 70x 12-13-0
ODU-Andthony Shawler, Kyle Hald (6), Robbie Watkins(7) and Edgar Hernandez TU- Spencer Patton, Jon Dupski(4), Andrew Permison(7), Josh Squatrito(8) and Max Kelly. WP: Permison(4-0) Save: Squatrito(5), LP- Hald 3-2) HR- ODU-Miles (3); TU-Conley(8), M.Collins(6)