Towson wins in 1st NCAA tourney game

Towson wins in 1st NCAA tourney game
May 31, 2013, 4:45 pm
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The Towson baseball team's wild ride kept right on going Friday afternoon.

The Tigers rolled to a 7-2 victory over Florida Atlantic in their first NCAA tournament match-up since 1991.

Next up, Towson will play top-seeded North Carolina in the winners bracket game. That game will be Saturday at 6 p.m. 

Carolina beat Canisius, 6-3, in the first round game tonight in Chapel Hill. Canisius will play Florida Atlantic tomorrow in the losers bracket.

Towson broke open a close game against FAU with a five-run sixth inning that put it into the winners bracket.

Towson's program has gained national attention in recent days due to the story behind it. School officials told the team in early March that the program was going to be eliminated after this year -- but state politicians later jumped in and put money into the budget to save it for now. 

Then, the Tigers won four in a row at last weekend's CAA tournament for the surprising championship and an NCAA berth despite having just a 29-28 record.

This is the school's first time in the tournament since 1991. The Tigers came in as the No. 3 seed, and Florida Atlantic was No. 2. North Carolina is at No. 1 with Canisius No. 4.

Pitcher Mike Volpe came through again for Towson, throwing seven strong innings, giving up one run on four hits and keeping Florida Atlantic quiet. Volpe went the distance in the CAA title victory over William & Mary last weekend. 

The Tigers broke out the big bats in this game. Andrew Parker blasted a three-run homer to spark the five-run sixth that put Towson up, 6-0. Brendan Butler added a solo shot in the eighth for a 7-0 lead. Kurt Wertz stole home as part of a double-steal in the fourth to give the Tigers the lead at 1-0, and they never trailed in this game.

To read more about other NCAA Tournament baseball Friday, click here.