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Towson baseball drops pair in North Carolina, softball defeats Drexel in Philly

Towson’s baseball team dropped a pair of games at UNC Wilmington over the weekend, falling 11-8 on Sunday after losing an 11-2 decision Friday afternoon. A scheduled Saturday single game was rained out. As a result of Sunday’s loss, the Tigers are now 17-17 overall this season and 1-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

Towson plays five home games this week at John B. Schuerholz Park. The Tigers host George Mason on  Tuesday (April 22) at 3:30 p.m., Mt. St. Mary’s on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and three games against CAA rival James Madison: Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Softball defeats Drexel Dragons in Philly

Senior Maureen “Mo” Hepner hit a three-run home run in the first inning and junior Missy McCormick pitched a complete game shutout as the Towson softball team defeated the Drexel Dragons, 5-0, Saturday in Philadelphia. With the win, the Tigers improved to 24-18, including a 4-5 CAA mark.

Mo Hepner

Maureen “Mo” Hepner

Hepner went one-for-three in the game, smashing her tenth homer of the season in the top of the first inning. Her RBI total now stands at 45 and established a new single-season school record.

McCormick allowed just three hits and three walks for her 13th win of the season on the mound. She also lowered her earned run average to 3.08. Olivia Yarbrough went three-for-four with two runs scored in the win, raising her batting average to .374. Jessica South and Delanie Dunham each had two hits, as the Tigers pounded out 10 hits against Dragon pitching.

The Tigers return to action Wednesday at Mount St. Mary’s beginning at 3 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse loses to North Carolina

North Carolina used a 5-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Towson women’s lacrosse team and claim a 17-8 win Saturday in UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Attackers Andi Raymond and Ashleigh Rohrback led the Tigers, who fell to 9-7 overall, with three goals each in their regular season finale. Junior goaltender Kelsea Donnelly made eight saves in the loss.

Towson plays again Friday, May 2 ,when the CAA tournament begins in Williamsburg, Va. The Tigers’ opponent and game time are still to be determined by other CAA games (not involving Towson) to be played later this week.

Men’s lacrosse overpowered by CAA rival Drexel

Junior Justin Mabus netted his first career hat trick, but his offensive output wasn’t enough as Towson men’s lacrosse fell, 13-7, to Drexel Saturday evening at Unitas Stadium.

With the win, Drexel clinched the #2 seed in the CAA tournament. Towson’s seeding is still undetermined due to a potential three-way tie for third place between the Tigers, Penn State and UMass. The UMass Minutemen play at Delaware on April 25, and the PSU Nittany Lions host no. one -seeded Hofstra on April 26.

“Congratulations to Drexel,” said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen. “They came out and played a solid game. I thought our guys played with good energy, but we were a little sloppy off the ground and we didn’t capitalize on our offensive opportunities.”

Now 8-5 overall and 2-3 in the CAA, Towson will close out the regular season with Penn this Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. CAA tournament play will begin on Wednesday, April 30.

Towson men’s golf wins Navy Spring Invitational

Towson senior Joe Gunerman captured the individual title for the second straight year to lead the men’s golf team to a win at the 2014 Navy Spring Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers carded an impressive 288 during the final round of play to beat Navy by eight strokes in the 18-team field. Towson finished with a two-day total of 584, while the Midshipmen carded a 592.

“The guys played an exceptionally strong back nine with Joe making four birdies and Juan making five in that nine hole stretch,” said Tigers head coach Brian Yaniger. “This win is a great confidence builder going into conferences.”

In addition to Gunerman, Towson senior Matt Fry finished in a tie for fourth with a 144. Freshman Juan Veloza was impressive on Saturday, posting a one-under 70, while sophomore Ryan Siegler rounded out the team scoring with a 76.

The Tigers will next be in action at the CAA championships, scheduled for April 25-27.

Two women’s outdoor track runners achieve personal bests

Juniors Elisabeth Tauber and Ashley Simmons each set personal bests in the 3,000-meter run, leading a strong effort by the Tigers at the Bucknell Team Challenge Saturday. The team finished third behind Penn State and Bucknell.

“This was really good for them,” said head coach Roger Erricker. “Basically, it was like a speed workout. This was our gameplan all along.”

Towson continues its final stretch of the season at the Penn Relays beginning Thursday.