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Tillman ready for next step as Orioles’ postseason ace

Posted on 01 October 2014 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Just a few years ago, not many would have believed Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman would be the one taking the ball for the opening game of a playoff series.

Acquired with outfielder Adam Jones as the centerpieces of the Erik Bedard trade in February 2008, Tillman carried a career 5.58 ERA in 36 starts over his first three major league seasons in which he shuffled back and forth between Baltimore and Triple-A Norfolk. The struggles left him as an afterthought in many minds as the Orioles embarked on what turned out to be a surprising 2012 season that resulted in their first postseason appearance in 15 years.

It wasn’t until that July that Tillman finally got another chance in the rotation and established himself as a major league starter by going 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 15 starts. Even with Tillman having such an impressive second half, manager Buck Showalter elected to send him to the bullpen in the 2012 playoffs where he did not pitch.

Last year, he established himself as the staff ace and was named to his first All-Star Game. And after being named the Opening Day starter for the first time earlier this year, Tillman will take another step in his dramatic progression by making his postseason debut against the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series Thursday night.

“It has been a journey, to say the least,” Tillman said. “I had a couple of rough years early on and kind of turned things around come 2012. I think that goes to show where the organization is at, not just personally, but all the way throughout. … For myself, like I’ve always said, it’s a big puzzle, and you’re trying to find the pieces to it and put the puzzle together.”

Completing his second consecutive 200-inning season and posting a 20-start streak of allowing three or fewer earned runs that wasn’t snapped until his final outing of the regular season, Tillman’s final 2014 numbers that included a 13-6 record with a 3.34 ERA weren’t such a sure thing as late as early June. Slow starts in the early innings and poor fastball command led to Tillman holding a 5.20 ERA through his first 13 starts.

His early-inning pains and a lingering groin issue led many to wonder if a market correction was finally taking place after his superb 1 1/2 years, but the 26-year-old instead made adjustments and went on the most successful run of his career, posting a 2.38 ERA over his final 21 starts to not only silence doubters but make it an elementary choice for Showalter to choose him as the Game 1 starter against the Tigers.

“He’s just a really hard worker. I know his talent is really immense,” catcher Nick Hundley said. “I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for how good he is. It’s a tough game. You don’t roll out here and put up Nintendo numbers like he has the last three or four months without being really good.”

Tillman will be opposed by 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, leading many to overlook the tall right-hander once again, but his numbers since early June suggest he is as dangerous as any starting pitcher remaining in the postseason. The only question will be how he responds to the limelight of his first playoff appearance, but Tillman is often praised by teammates and coaches alike for his even demeanor, which should allow him to handle what’s sure to be a raucous crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

For the California native, it’s just another step and just another start, even while anticipating some butterflies.

“The only difference is the stakes are higher. I take every game the same way,” Tillman said. “They’re all important. There is not one that’s less important than the other. Once the game starts and the bell rings, that’s where we’re comfortable as a team. Might have extra feelings before the game, be nervous, but if you’re not nervous, you need to find another job.”

Hot corner, hot topic

When asked about how he anticipated handling the third base position, Showalter wasn’t tipping his hand Wednesday as the Orioles have given starts to Ryan Flaherty, Jimmy Paredes, Kelly Johnson, and Alexi Casilla at the hot corner since Chris Davis was suspended for amphetamine use on Sept. 12.

The growing pains have been clear as the Orioles had appeared to settle on Davis as their regular replacement for the injured Gold Glove winner Manny Machado before the slugger was banned for 25 games, a stretch that makes him ineligible until the ninth game of the postseason should the club advance. Baltimore made seven errors at third base over the final 10 games of the regular season.

“I feel confident in the people that will be playing and they’ve got a good track record,” Showalter said. “I don’t think anybody is trying to be as good as Manny. [He] had a historical year defensively, but we’ve been able to present ourselves well over there. I feel confident that we will continue to do that.”

Most believe Showalter will go with the strongest available defensive option in the postseason, which would be Flaherty despite the utility infielder committing three errors over his final four starts at third.

The 2012 Rule 5 pick said he is feeling more comfortable after getting extensive time at third base for the first time since the beginning of the year when he was filling in for the still-rehabbing Machado. Flaherty has made five errors in 27 starts and 255 1/3 total innings at third base this season.

“Part of my job here was to be able to be flexible and move around,” Flaherty said. “Getting over there the last couple weeks with Manny being gone, with Chris being gone [has helped]. You feel a little more comfortable the more you’re there.”

Rotation, roster remain secret

Showalter said Wednesday that he won’t announce the rest of his starting rotation until the conclusion of Game 1, but Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, and Bud Norris will be the three starters behind Chris Tillman — in some order.

The 23-year-old Kevin Gausman was told to be ready for Game 1, a surefire sign that he will pitch in relief during the Division Series. However, it remains to be seen how many will be joining him in the bullpen as the Orioles are debating whether to go with a six-man group of relievers and a six-man bench or seven relief pitchers and five on the bench. A six-man bullpen would include Gausman, closer Zach Britton, right-handers Darren O’Day and Tommy Hunter, lefty Andrew Miller, and either righty-hander Brad Brach or left-hander Brian Matusz.

“The decision for us is going with 10 or 11 [pitchers], and we’ve kicked it around until we’re blue in the face like everybody does,” Showalter said. “If you knew exactly what was going to be needed for each game, it would be real easy to do.”

The deadline to finalize the Division Series roster is 10 a.m. Thursday.

“Cheerleader” Machado progressing well

Machado was back at Camden Yards to watch Games 1 and 2 of the Division Series before reporting to Sarasota to continue rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee.

The 22-year-old remains optimistic that he’ll be 100 percent for the start of spring training in February.

“I’m doing everything,” said Machado, who is embracing the role of cheering for teammates despite not being able to play. “Activating the muscles and trying to get my quads back. I’m basically full-go [in a] couple weeks, hopefully. I have full range of motion already, and hopefully in a couple weeks, I’ll start riding the bike and get that going.”

Mr. Oriole pays visit

Hall of Fame third baseman and Orioles legend Brooks Robinson was a special guest speaker before the 2014 Orioles completed their workout at Camden Yards on Wednesday.

“His message was that he’s excited to see how excited Baltimore is,” Tillman said. “To us, that’s special. He’s been there. He’s been there for the World Series, for the playoffs, and he said this is the most fans he’s ever seen walking around the streets wearing their Baltimore Orioles jerseys and are proud of it.”

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Tigers announce starting rotation for Division Series

Posted on 30 September 2014 by Luke Jones

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his starting rotation for the American League Division Series against the Orioles with right-hander Max Scherzer taking the ball for Game 1 as expected.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner will be opposed by Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman and posted an 18-5 record with a 3.15 ERA in 33 starts spanning 220 1/3 innings this season. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA in six career starts against Baltimore with 45 strikeouts and nine walks in 39 innings.

The Tigers will send 2011 AL Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander to the mound for Game 2 despite an off year in which the right-hander went 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA in 32 starts.

Lefty David Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young winner and acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in late July, will start Game 3 for the Tigers back at Comerica Park and right-hander Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch Game 4.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has yet to announce the rest of his starting rotation beyond Tillman in Game 1, but Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, and Bud Norris are expected to start with the 23-year-old Kevin Gausman shifting to a relief role in October.

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Ten talking points for Orioles-Tigers ALDS matchup

Posted on 30 September 2014 by Luke Jones

As the Orioles prepare to play the Detroit Tigers for the first time ever in the postseason, here are 10 talking points to break down their meeting in the American League Division Series beginning Thursday night:

1. The outcome of the regular-season series between these clubs is irrelevant.

It’s generally unwise to make too much out of a six-game sample anyway, but the Tigers’ 5-1 mark against the Orioles during the regular season included taking two of three in Detroit the first weekend of April and a three-game sweep at Camden Yards in mid-May. Even if Detroit easily disposes of Baltimore and sweeps the Division Series, what happened between these clubs more than four months ago isn’t a good predictor when you acknowledge how much change each roster has undergone since then.

2. The Detroit rotation has the better pedigree, but the Orioles posted a superior starter ERA this season.

Yes, the Tigers have the bigger names and former Cy Young Award winners in David Price, Max Scherzer, and Justin Verlander, but the Orioles’ starting pitching ERA of 3.61 ranked fifth in the AL while Detroit’s 3.89 starter mark was only 10th. Consistency has been key for Baltimore as all four projected starters in the Division Series carry an ERA of 3.65 or better. Meanwhile, Verlander, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player in the AL, has been the weak link for Detroit with a 4.54 ERA this season. On paper, the Tigers have the edge in Games 1 and 3 with Scherzer and Price scheduled to pitch, but Games 2 and 4 will be much more interesting with Verlander struggling all year and Rick Porcello posting a 6.20 ERA in five September starts after throwing a career-high 204 2/3 innings this season.

3. Baltimore led the majors in home runs, but Detroit scored 52 more runs over the course of the year.

The Orioles’ offensive identity is clear as they’re very dependent on the home run and ranked 11th in the AL in on-base percentage and 13th in walks, which aren’t promising numbers when you’d prefer not see Detroit starters pitching deep into games. The Tigers also allowed the second-fewest number of homers in the AL this season. In contrast, the Detroit offense was second in the majors in runs scored, first in batting average, and second in on-base percentage. For an Orioles staff that’s been very effective without striking out many hitters (10th in the AL), location is always important, especially against a lineup as consistent as the Tigers. Anything can happen in a short five-game series, but the Orioles would benefit from the ball carrying at both Camden Yards and Comerica Park.

4. The Orioles have a clear advantage in the late innings.

The Orioles ranked third in the AL in bullpen ERA (3.10) while Detroit ranked 13th with a 4.29 ERA and saw its bullpen nearly derail the season on a number of occasions. Baltimore’s late-inning trio of lefty Andrew Miller, submariner Darren O’Day, and closer Zach Britton is as good as any you’ll find in the postseason while the Tigers have held on tight with 39-year-old closer Joe Nathan, who sports a 4.81 ERA and has blown seven saves in his first year with Detroit. The X factors that could make the bullpen better for Detroit are usual-starter Anibal Sanchez — who is back from injury — and Joakim Soria, who has closer experience and has posted a 1.35 ERA since returning from the disabled list earlier this month. But if manager Brad Ausmus blindly trusts Nathan and even setup man Joba Chamberlain, he’s really rolling the dice.

5. The Tigers’ speed on the bases will be an issue for Orioles catchers.

Unlike the station-to-station Orioles who stole fewer bases (44) than anyone in baseball, Detroit isn’t afraid to run and ranked fourth in the AL with 106 steals. However, 36 of those came from outfielder Rajai Davis, who is currently nursing a groin injury that could limit him in the Division Series. The Tigers’ speed will force manager Buck Showalter to take pause when choosing between Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley behind the plate. Joseph has thrown out 40 percent of runners attempting to steal this season while Hundley has gunned down only 19 percent. The problem is Joseph is currently mired in an 0-for-30 slump and has been more erratic behind the plate down the stretch, which could indicate late-season fatigue.

6. The Baltimore defense is substantially better than Detroit’s.

Even without two Gold Glove winners for much of the season, the Orioles have still played defense at an extremely high level, committing the third-fewest number of errors in the AL and ranking third in defensive efficiency, according to BaseballReference.com. Meanwhile, the Tigers committed 14 more errors than Baltimore and ranked next to last in the AL in defensive efficiency. The Tigers also had five players — Davis, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, regular designated hitter Victor Martinez, outfielder Torii Hunter, and third baseman Nick Castellanos — with a defensive WAR (wins above replacement) of -1.0 or worse while Baltimore didn’t have a single player with a defensive WAR worse than -0.9, per BaseballReference.com.

7. Camden Yards was a more pitcher-friendly venue than Comerica Park this season.

Historically, Oriole Park at Camden Yards as been a pitcher’s nightmare while Comerica has played pretty evenly to pitchers and hitters alike, but 2014 has painted a much difference picture in Baltimore as Camden Yards has ranked 22nd in runs and 20th in home runs using ESPN’s park factors. Run scoring and home runs hit have been down at Camden Yards this season, which might be explained in part by the mild temperatures experienced in the area this summer compared to most years in which the ball tends to fly out in the summer months. Orioles pitchers allowed fewer homers and posted a lower ERA at Camden Yards than they did on the road while it wasn’t until the final month or so that Baltimore hitters finally started feasting at their home park, finishing the season with three more homers at home than on the road. Will this make a dramatic impact on the ALDS? Probably not with the cooler temperatures of October anyway, but it’s something to remember as analysts constantly mention the comfy dimensions of Camden Yards this October.

8. Defense at third base is an issue for both clubs.

The Orioles’ concerns at third base have been discussed extensively recently with Ryan Flaherty the most likely to handle the bulk of the work at the position during the ALDS, but Detroit has dealt with its own issues at the hot corner with Castellanos, who posted a respectable .700 on-base plus slugging percentage as a 22-year-old rookie but is a much better fit in the outfield. His 15 errors don’t appear to be a major concern on the surface, but fielding metrics show very limited range and his defensive WAR of -2.7 is the worst mark on the Tigers. As a result, Castellanos is frequently replaced by utility infielder Don Kelly in the late innings. While Castellanos has more potential with the bat than any of the Orioles’ current options at third base, it will be interesting to see if defense at the hot corner has a significant impact for either club at some point during the series.

9. It will be intriguing watching a rookie manager match wits with a seasoned skipper.

Always respected for his baseball mind as a longtime major league catcher, Ausmus will be making his postseason managerial debut against Buck Showalter, who is making his fourth playoff appearance and second with the Orioles and carries 16 years of major-league experience as a manager. With Detroit’s bullpen being so inconsistent, how far Ausmus is willing to push his starter on any given night will be a factor to watch. In contrast, Showalter has so many trustworthy bullpen pieces that he won’t hesitate to call to the bullpen sooner rather than later in a tight game. As mentioned before, third base has likely provided some restless nights for Showalter, but there isn’t too much mystery with the lineup beyond that. How the inexperienced Ausmus manages his pitching staff will be one of the big stories of the series.

10. Beware of bad blood.

While the Orioles’ 1-5 record against Detroit in April and May might not mean much, there was some bad blood between these clubs earlier in the season that’s worth keeping in the back of your mind. On May 12, Bud Norris was pitching a terrific game into the eighth before surrendering a two-run homer to Ian Kinsler to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead. Norris responded by plunking the next hitter Hunter in the ribs, which prompted the pitcher’s ejection as both benches and bullpens emptied before order was restored. Verlander retaliated two days later by throwing a fastball behind slugger Nelson Cruz, which brought a warning to both sides. You certainly hope that cooler heads prevail with those events taking place so long ago and the high stakes of October now in front of both clubs, but you never know for sure.

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Start times set for Orioles-Tigers ALDS Games 1-3

Posted on 29 September 2014 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 11:45 p.m. Wednesday)

After much frustration waiting for start times to be announced for the American League Division Series between the Orioles and the Detroit Tigers, fans have finally received some clarity.

The results of the Wild Card Games are now in the books, which means the times for the first three games of the series have been finalized.

With the Kansas City Royals winning the AL Wild Card Game Tuesday night, we officially learned that Oriole Park at Camden Yards will host Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday at 5:37 p.m with Chris Tillman taking on 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.

The second game of the series will begin at 12:07 p.m. Friday as a result of San Francisco winning the National League Wild Card Game.

Game 3 in Detroit is already locked into a 3:45 p.m. start on Sunday while times for Monday’s Game 4 and Wednesday’s Game 5 back in Baltimore — if necessary — have yet to be announced.

All ALDS games will be televised on TBS with Brian Anderson, Dennis Eckersley, and Joe Simpson on the call.

Major League Baseball also announced that Jeff Kellogg, Scott Barry, Dan Bellino, Fieldin Culbreth, Paul Schrieber, and Jim Wolf will be the umpiring crew for the Orioles-Tigers series.

Umpires CB Bucknor, Chris Conroy, Ed Hickox, and Brian O’Nora will serve in the replay center in New York during the Division Series.

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Towson opens post-Terrance West era against Central Connecticut Saturday

Posted on 29 August 2014 by WNST Staff



WHEN: Saturday, August 30
Kickoff at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Johnny Unitas® Stadium, Towson, Md.

SERIES: Towson leads, 6-2

*Towson has won 11 straight games when opening the season at home. The Tigers have not lost at home in a season opener since 1991.
*Since 1993, Towson has opened the season facing Central Connecticut twice, winning both times. The Tigers defeated the Blue Devils 42-7 to start the 1993 season and opened with a 20-10 win over CCSU in 2007.
*The Towson football team reached new heights in 2013 when the Tigers advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) title game. The veteran Tiger squad won a school-record 13 games, including three in the playoffs, before falling to North Dakota State in the National Championship game.
*Entering 2014, Towson must replace eight starters on offense and four starters on defense.
*Junior Connor Frazier won the starting quarterback job in camp. Frazier has attempted just 15 career passes but led the Tigers to a 35-31 come-from-behind win at Eastern Washington in the FCS semifinals last season after starting quarterback Peter Athens went down with an injury. Frazier scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 17 seconds left. He also ran for a career-high 98 yards in the win that led the Tigers to the national title game.

Gold Rush
Tiger fans were encouraged to wear gold for tonight’s season opener. Gold smoke will be used when the Tigers take the field. Fans will also have chance to take pictures with the FCS finalist trophy and see the large FCS national runner-up shield now displayed outside of the field house.

Smith Named to Buck Buchanan List
Senior cornerback Tye Smith has been named to the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. The award is given out annually to the FCS’ most outstanding defensive player. Past recipients of the Buchanan Award include two-time winner Dexter Coakley (former Dallas Cowboy), Jared Allen (Chicago Bears), Rashean Mathis (Detroit Lions) and Kroy Biermann (Atlanta Falcons). Smith is one of only two cornerback on this year’s list.

In the National Rankings
Towson begins the 2014 season ranked No. 7 in the NCAA FCS Coaches Poll. The Tigers, who won a school-record 13 games and advanced to the FCS National Championship game last year, received 438 points and one first-place vote. Towson finished last season ranked No. 2 in the final coaches poll. The CAA led all conferences with six schools ranked.

Scouting the Opponent
Central Connecticut is coming off a 4-8 season in which the Blue Devils won just two Northeast Conference games. CCSU was selected fourth in the annual NEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Four Blue Devils – Rob Hollomon, Tyrell Holmes, Tyler Hurd and Josh Alaeze – were named to the Preseason All-NEC Team. Hollomon is the most noteworthy returner. He enters the 2014 season third on CCSU’s career rushing list with 2,556 yards. He rushed for 1,452 yards last season and scored 19 total touchdowns, including 18 on the ground. Earlier this summer Hollomon was named to the Walter Payton Award watch list and was a Preseason All-America First Team selection at the all-purpose position by The Sports Network. Hollomon led NCAA Division I FCS with 189.17 all-purpose yards per game last season.


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Towson WR/KR Joseph receives preseason recognition from CFPA

Posted on 12 August 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Towson’s Derrick Joseph has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA All-Purpose Performer of the Year Award Watch List, as announced by College Football Performance Awards officials. Previously, Joseph was named to the 2014 CFPA Kickoff Returner Award Watch List.

The initial watch list includes 30 returning performers, vying for the top all-purpose award in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

“Congratulations to Derrick Joseph on earning another spot on this year’s watch list,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Joseph’s performance on offense and special teams makes him one of the nation’s top all-purpose threats.”

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

CFPA is now entering its seventh season of recognition. The CFPA’s player and team performance index, employed since 2008, ranks success in all three phases of the game — offense, defense, and special teams.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

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Towson ranked seventh in first FCS coaches’ poll of season

Posted on 05 August 2014 by WNST Staff

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Towson University football team begins the 2014 season ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll, which was released on Monday.

The Tigers, who won a school-record 13 games and advanced to the FCS National Championship game last year, received 438 points and one first-place vote in the rankings. Towson finished last season ranked No. 2 in the final coaches poll.

Three-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State received 18 of 26 first-place votes to claim the No. 1 spot in the opening poll of 2014. Eastern Washington earned the No. 2 spot in the poll and received six first-place votes after going 12-3 last season. Southeastern Louisiana, New Hampshire and Montana rounded out the top five in the inaugural poll of 2014. Southeastern Louisiana and Towson were the only other schools to garner first-place votes outside of the Bison and Eagles.

Coastal Carolina holds the No. 6 spot followed by the Tigers, Jacksonville State, McNeese State and South Dakota State to complete to the top 10.

The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) led all conferences with six schools ranked in the Top 25. The Big Sky and the Missouri Valley Football Conference each place four teams in the poll. A total of nine conferences were represented with six conferences placing at least two schools.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

The Tigers open the 2014 season at home on August 30 against Central Connecticut. The game is set to kickoff at 6 p.m.

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Trips to Alabama, Georgetown, UMBC headline Towson non-conference schedule

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Tigers open season at Alabama on November 14; travel to Georgetown and Temple while hosting LaSalle

TOWSON, Md. – Road contests at Alabama, Georgetown and Temple and a home game against 2013 NCAA “Sweet 16” participant LaSalle highlight the 2014-15 Towson University men’s basketball non-conference schedule, which was released by Tiger head coach Pat Skerry on Monday.

Coming off a season in which the Tigers won a Division I school record 25 games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), Skerry and the Tigers will look to build off that recent success by taking on a challenging non-conference schedule.

“We’re excited to play a strong non-conference schedule, which we always do,” said Skerry. “It’ll test us early and prepare us for the rigors of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play.”

After graduating four senior starters, including two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, the Tigers will have a new look heading into the 2014-15 season. Fans will have a chance to get an early preview of the team when Towson hosts an exhibition game against Slippery Rock inside SECU Arena on November 7. The exhibition contest will be part of a doubleheader with the Tiger women’s team.

The Tigers then go on the road for the first five games of the regular season. Towson opens its 2014-15 campaign by taking on Southeastern Conference (SEC) foe Alabama in Tuscaloosa on November 14. That game will be part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

After battling the Tide, the Tigers will visit local rival Morgan State on November 17. Towson then finishes off play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Monmouth University from November 21-23. The four-team field also includes Central Connecticut State, Bethune-Cookman and host Monmouth.

The Tigers play their first regular season game inside SECU Arena, where they went 15-1 a year ago, onNovember 26 against Division III foe, Goucher College.
Towson will take on a pair of teams from Baltimore next, traveling to UMBC on November 29 and hosting Coppin State on December 3.

On December 7, the Tigers will make their second trip in three years to the Verizon Center to take on Georgetown. The game will be part of the BB&T Classic, which will be a doubleheader broadcast on Fox Sports 1. The opening game of the BB&T Classic pits George Washington against Charlotte.

Towson will then collide with a pair of teams from Philadelphia. On December 10, the Tigers will travel to Temple and on December 20, they’ll host LaSalle.

Before Christmas break, Towson will make the short trip to Annapolis to take on Navy on December 22. The Tigers wrap up non-conference play at home on December 29 hosting Fairleigh Dickinson.

All game dates are subject to change. Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com as game times, ticket information, the CAA schedule and TV broadcast schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.

2014-15 Towson Men’s Basketball Schedule
November 7                        Slippery Rock (exhibition doubleheader with women’s basketball team)
November 14                      at Alabama (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 17                       at Morgan State
November 21                       vs. Central Connecticut State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 22                      vs. Bethune-Cookman (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 23                      at Monmouth (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
November 26                      Goucher College
November 29                      at UMBC
December 3                        Coppin State
December 7                        at Georgetown (BB&T Classic)
December 10                      at Temple
December 20                      LaSalle
December 22                      at Navy
December 29                      Fairleigh Dickinson

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Towson announces kickoff times for football games

Posted on 03 August 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. — The entire 2014 Towson University football schedule has been released with all opponents, game times and broadcast information finalized.

Coming off a season in which the Tigers won a school-record 13 games and advanced to the FCS National Championship game, Towson will appear on television seven times in 2014.

The Tigers will play four non-conference games in addition to their eight-game Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) schedule. Towson will play six home games at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium and six contests on the road.

The Tigers open their 2014 campaign with a home game against Central Connecticut on August 30 at 6 p.m. The game will be a ‘Gold Rush’ as all Towson fans are encouraged to wear gold to the home opener.

For the seventh year in a row, the Tigers will face an NCAA FBS opponent in the early season as Towson will travel to West Virginia University on September 6. The game, set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m., will be televised on ROOT Sports.

WVU will be the eighth FBS opponent to host the Tigers since 2008. Towson earned its first win over an FBS school last year when the Tigers won at Connecticut, 33-18.

Towson will wrap up its non-conference schedule the following two weeks when the Tigers travel to Delaware State (September 13, 2 p.m.) and host North Carolina Central (September 20, 6 p.m.).

Towson will remain at home for its first two CAA games, both scheduled to air on Comcast SportsNet. The Tigers take on 2013 CAA regular season champion Maine on September 27 at 7 p.m. before wrapping up a three-game homestand by facing Stony Brook on October 4 at 3:30 p.m.

On October 11, Towson visit James Madison and then remains on the road to face rival Delaware on October 18. Both games are set to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. and will air on Comcast SportsNet.

CAA newcomer Elon visits Unitas Stadium on November 1. That game, set to kickoff at 4 p.m., will be Towson’s homecoming game.

The Tigers travel to Villanova on November 8 for a 7 p.m. clash with the Wildcats. That contest will be broadcast on the American Sports Network.

Towson hosts William & Mary in its home finale on November 15 at 3 p.m. That game will be shown on Comcast SportsNet and fans are encouraged to ‘Black Out’ the stadium on senior day.

The Tigers wrap up their regular season on November 22 when they travel to Rhode Island for a 12:30 p.m. contest.

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Towson has four named to preseason All-CAA team, picked 5th in CAA

Posted on 23 July 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior fullback Emmanuel Holder, senior defensive end Ryan Delaire, junior safety Christian Carpenter and senior cornerback Tye Smith all earned preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors, and the Tigers as a team were picked to finish fifth in the league coaches’ poll, conference officials announced today.

Villanova’s John Robertson and William & Mary’s Mike Reilly were chosen as the CAA preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. New Hampshire was chosen to win the conference title in 2014, receiving 15 first-place votes.

Holder was named first team All-CAA in 2013 and earned second team All-America honors from The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network. He started 13 of 16 games and had 16 receptions for 172 yards with three touchdowns. Holder caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Towson’s victory over New Hampshire and had a five-yard TD catch against Delaware. Holder also had a one-yard touchdown reception to help lead the Tigers to a win at Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Delaire was named as a third team All-American by College Sports Madness and by Beyond Sports Network in 2013. He earned a spot on the All-CAA first team after leading the league in total tackles for a loss, total sacks and in fumbles recovered. Delaire started all 15 games that he played in and made 68 tackles, including 43 solo – fifth-most on the team. He also had 17.5 tackles for a loss (86 yards) to lead the team. He had four tackles and two sacks at North Carolina Central and made eight tackles with two sacks at William & Mary. Delaire made two tackles and had one QB hurry against North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship game.

Carpenter was named first team All-CAA as a free safety last year after tying for sixth in the CAA in interceptions and 10th in fumbles recovered. He had an interception and a 34-yard return for a touchdown at Richmond and made a career-high 13 tackles against Villanova. Carpenter made six tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over James Madison. He made nine tackles and recorded an interception in the win at Eastern Washington. Carpenter’s interception clinched the win over the Eagles with three seconds left.

Smith, who was named to the Beyond Sports Network Preseason FCS All-America team, is coming off a sensational junior campaign. The cornerback was named second team CAA after ranking eighth in the league in passes defended (14) and third on the team with 103 tackles. Smith started 15 of 16 games and recorded 4.5 tackles for a loss. He had one sack, two interceptions, recorded 12 pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered one.

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