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Cillis' masterful outing falls short to lose series in Maryland

Cillis' masterful outing falls short to lose series in Maryland

A pin drop could be heard Sunday in Towson.

All bats were silenced today by brilliant performances from each teams respected starting pitchers. Towson University registered the only run in the game which was due to a wild pitch thrown by Hofstra’s Teddy Cillis, in a 1-0 win for the Tigers. 

Towson took the rubber match of the three game set and improved its record to 6-19 overall, and 3-3 in conference play. Hofstra is now 2-4 in conference and in seventh place in the Colonial standings. 

Tigers starting pitcher Michael Adams was flawless in a complete game shutout allowing just three hits while recording 10 strikeouts. Adams moved to 2-2 on the year and improved his earned run average to 4.40. Adams managed to keep Hofstra’s Vito Friscia off base, which is only the fifth time that has occurred for the junior catcher all season.

While Teddy Cillis did not fall on the winning side of the spectrum, he also put together an impressive performance. The left-hander went eight innings, allowing just one run and three hits. The senior extended past six innings for the first time all season while jumping his earned run average to 3.00. 

Both the Pride and Tigers recorded three hits each, none being extra base hits. Towson’s hits came from three different players.

However, all three of Hofstra’s hits came from one player. After only accounting for one of the team’s twenty hits in the previous two games, Steven Foster put on a one-man show in a 3-4 performance, a season-high for him in hits for one game.

Towson’s lone run was scored by shortstop Richie Palacios. Palacios is the Tigers leader in average (.333), home runs (4), RBI (19) and runs scored (27). 

The Pride’s right fielder Vinnie Costello had his four-game hit streak snapped on Sunday afternoon. Also, Devon Jeffreys and Justin Smith saw their first at-bats of the series, both going hitless in a combined three at bats. 

The Pride have lost three series in a row and will look to turn it around Wednesday against Manhattan College at Hofstra. The Jaspers are 13-12 overall and 3-0 in conference play. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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