Towson Holds Off UNCW For 3-1 Victory
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Mike Trionfo and a pair of Towson relievers combined to allow just one run on five hits as the Tigers held off UNCW, 3-1, on Friday in a Colonial Athletic Association series opener at Brooks Field.
The Tigers improved to 21-25 overall and evened their conference mark at 11-11. The Seahawks saw their record dip to 27-18 and 17-5.
Trionfo (7-3) held the Seahawks to an unearned run on four hits in five innings of work. He finished with a walk and four strikeouts. Reliever Chris Acker shut down the Seahawks for 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out two. Tyler Auston struck out both batters he faced with runners on second and third in the ninth for his fourth save.
Towson plated a run in the second for the early lead when Peter Bowles scored on the front end of a double steal with Zach Fisher stealing second. Fisher led the Towson lineup with two hits.
Andrew Parker pushed the lead to 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to right off losing pitcher Tyler McSwain (7-3).
McSwain pitched well, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk in eight innings. He finished with eight strikeouts.
The Seahawks had opportunities to break through, but struggled going 1-for-10 in RBI opportunities and 2-for-9 with two out. Thomas Pope had UNCW's only RBI of the night with a two-out double in the fourth.
Ben Winter added a RBI triple in the eighth off McSwain to complete the scoring.
Pope and Andrew Cain both had two hits for the Seahawks.
The series continues on Saturday with a noon start. The game was originally slated for 2 p.m., but storms are forecasted for later in the afternoon.