Towson, MD - Danny Poma had three hits and two runs scored, and Matt Ford and Jared Hammer each drove in two runs to lead Hofstra to a 7-1 win over Towson in the second game of a Colonial Athletic Association series Saturday afternoon at Schuerholz Field.
Hofstra wins its 30th game of the year and improves to 30-19, 17-9 in the CAA. Towson slips to 23-28, 12-14 in league play. The 30-wins mark the first 30-win season in the history of the Hofstra Baseball program, which dates back to 1938.
Towson took a 1-0 lead in the first as Brandon Gonnella led off with a single and went to third on a hit and run single by Zach Fisher. Dominic Fratantuono drove in the run with a ground out to second.
The Pride went ahead in the third with a two-out rally. Austin Nyman, Poma and Dalton Rouleau had consecutive singles with Rouleau driving in the first run. After a walk to Ford loaded the bases, Hammer had a two-run single to put the Pride up, 3-1.
Hofstra added two more runs in the seventh as Poma was hit by a pitch and went to third on a double by Rouleau. Ford then drove in both runs with a single to right field to make it 5-1. The Pride tacked on another insurance run in the eighth as Matt Reistetter and Taylor Stuart had back-to-back singles and following a fielder's choice, Poma singled to plate Reistetter for a 6-1 advantage.
Kenny Jackson had an RBI double in the ninth to drive in Ford, who had singled and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches to make it a 7-1 game.
Kyle Paul (2-4) took the loss for Towson, allowing three runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Rouleau, Ford, Jackson and Reistetter each had two hits for the Pride, which collected 15 base hits on the day. Gonnella was the only Tiger to have more than one hit as he recorded two.
The teams play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.