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Towler leads UTSA to series split at San Francisco

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 03/07/2010
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Junior D.D. Towler tossed a complete-game three-hitter with six strikeouts on Sunday.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Junior southpaw D.D. Towler tossed a complete-game three-hitter and UTSA got out of the Bay Area with a split of this weekend's four-game series at San Francisco with a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond.

The Roadrunners improved to 7-4 with their second consecutive win, while the Dons saw their season record drop to 5-6.

Towler (1-1) was dominant in just his second start as a Roadrunner.

The walk-on from Alice struck out six and walked three in the 117-pitch (70 strikes) gem. He allowed only one hit after the sixth, a Stephen Yarrow solo home run with one down in the ninth, and retired 10 of final 12 hitters he faced. Towler was two outs shy of throwing the first nine-inning shutout by a Roadrunner in 85 games (Kris Ruepke/vs. Stephen F. Austin/April 20, 2008).

"I just wanted to go out and do everything I could to help my team get a win today because I knew we needed to leave here with a split," Towler said. "My fastball was working really well and my curve was razor sharp. My change-up wasn't the best in the world, but it was effective because the other two pitches were working so well."

"There's not much you can say about what D.D. did today," head coach Sherman Corbett said. "The performance speaks for itself, but I thought he did a tremendous job of throwing strikes and keeping their hitters off balance. We had just enough offense to get him the win today."

Sophomore Matthew James broke open a scoreless deadlock in the sixth with his two-out single to left center. That brought home junior Ryan Hutson, who drew a one-out walk, stole second and moved to third on a ground out to second base.

UTSA added an insurance run two innings later on a Hutson RBI single to left that plated senior Lance Brown, who reached on an infield base hit to start the frame.

That run proved to be the game-winner, as Yarrow left the park for the third time in the series and fifth time overall this spring. However, Towler was able to get back-to-back fly outs to end the contest.

Connor Bernatz and Derek Poppert were the only other two Dons to get hits off the Birds' starter and those both were infield singles.

Brown, who was hitless in his first dozen at-bats of the series, led UTSA with two safeties.

The Roadrunners are now 3-2 in games decided by one run this spring.

"Leaving here with two consecutive wins after losing four in row shows the mental toughness of this team and it gives us something to build on when we go to Hammond next weekend to face the league's top team," Corbett said.

UTSA returns to action on Friday night when it opens the 33-game Southland Conference slate with a 6:30 p.m. contest at No. 29 Southeastern Louisiana, which is off to its best start in school history at 11-1.

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