Brendan Butler (John Carroll) had three hits — all for extra bases — drove in six runs and scored five times to lead Towson to a 20-13 victory over William & Mary on Friday afternoon in the winners' bracket final of the Colonial Athletic Association baseball tournament in Harrisonburg, Va.
Fourth-seeded Towson (28-28), winner of three straight games in the double-elimination event, advances to the championship round for the first time since 2008 and will be seeking its first CAA title. Two losers' bracket games remain to be played to determine an opponent who would have to defeat the Tigers twice to win the league title and automatic NCAA tournament bid. Second-seeded William & Mary (36-21) will play the winner of Friday night's UNCW-Northeastern elimination game at 1 p.m. today, with that winner advancing to face Towson at 4:30p.m.
Butler hit a three-run, third-inning home run to put Towson in front to stay, 5-4, tripled in a run in the fourth, drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the sixth and tripled in a run in the eighth. He scored after reaching base on each of those occasions and after walking in the fifth and was retired in six plate appearances only on a foul fly ball to the right-field corner during the first inning.
The Tigers also got four singles and three RBIs from Brandon Gonnella, three hits and three RBIs from Andrew Parker (Cardinal Gibbons) and three hits each from Zach Fisher (Perry Hall), who drove in two runs, and Kurt Wertz. Towson's scoring total and 23 hits both were season highs.
—From Sun staff reports