THE GOOD: Escaping a ninth-inning jam
The Quakers entered the bottom of the ninth inning leading 5-3, but the Tigers would not go down quietly. The Towson offense put pressure on Quakers closer Ronnie Glenn, opening the bottom of the frame with a single to right center. After a line out to second, Tiger Pat Fitzgerald stroked a single to right field. Glenn was able to buckle down and get a big strikeout on a full-count pitch, giving the Tigers only one more out to play with. Then it got interesting when Tigers junior Dominic Fratantuono singled through the left side of the infield, pulling Towson to within one run and putting the tying run in scoring position and the winning run on base. Glenn would allow no more, however, and got junior Kurt Wertz to fly out to center field to end the game. Glenn showed a real closer’s mentality, getting out of a big jam with the game on the line.
THE BAD: Two Penn fielding errors
Errors in the field never make a pitcher happy since they often show up as runs on their ledger. In today’s game the Quakers committed a pair of fielding errors, the first of which led to an unearned run. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second, an infield error from the Quakers allowed a run to score. On the following play, a groundout produced an unearned run for the Tigers. The unearned run made the game a bit closer and led to a more dramatic ninth inning.
THE UGLY: Towson’s missed opportunities
The Tigers had many chances to either tie the game or pull ahead of the Quakers, but they could not manage to take advantage. This was mostly due to Quakers pitchers refusing to break in tough situations. Penn pitching gave up a total of five walks in this game, giving the Tigers offense plenty of free opportunities to cash in. In addition, the Towson offense stranded four men on base in the last two innings, both times when they had the Penn pitching staff on the ropes. Looking back at this game, the Tigers will see a game in which they had their chances but could not capitalize.