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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
There were 22 players, seven on scholarship, on the Towson University baseball roster when Mike Gottlieb took over as the coach at his alma mater in 1988. The Tigers won the East Coast Conference championship that season. There will be 35 players on the roster, 15 on scholarship, when Towson plays its next -- and presumably last -- season of baseball next spring. In hearing the news Tuesday that a program that has been a big part of his life since he came to Baltimore in the mid-1970s from Long Island will likely be cut as part of the athletic department's proposed reorganization, Gottlieb's emotions swirl in a mix of sadness and anger.
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By Ron Wagner, For The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
A red-hot Corey Keller combined with a multitude of mistakes and missed opportunities meant the end of Towson's emotional 2013 season on Sunday. With two outs in the top of the ninth and the winning run on third, Tigers coach Mike Gottlieb elected to intentionally walk Brendon Sanger so Nik Nowottnick could face Keller, but Keller lined Nowottnick's first-pitch slider off the base of the wall in left to score Geoff Jimenez and propel Florida Atlantic...
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March 28, 2013
As a former college baseball coach, I implore Towson University President Maravene S. Loeschke to reconsider her decision to drop the school's baseball and soccer programs ("Ire grows after Towson president cuts two teams," March 24). We all know there are other, fairer solutions that would allow the school to be in compliance with Title IX, but they require more effort on her part. I have coached baseball for 27 years at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Lafayette College and Penn State University, and I cherished my relationship with Towson University coaches Billy Hunter and Mike Gottlieb.
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By Ron Wagner, For The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
After beating Florida Atlantic on Friday in the Chapel Hill regional of the NCAA baseball tournament, Towson's reward was a matchup with No. 1 overall seed North Carolina in front of the Tar Heels' fans at Boshamer Stadium. While starting pitcher Brandon Gonnella and the rest of the Tigers battled to stay in the game, they came up short in an 8-5 loss. Towson, in its first NCAA tournament since 1991, will take on Florida Atlantic again Sunday at 1 p.m. in an elimination game.
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Kevin Cowherd | April 3, 2013
Mike Gottlieb feels like the Death Row inmate who gets a last-minute reprieve from the governor. Only in this case, the governor came up with $300,000 out of the state budget to keep Gottlieb's Towson University baseball team alive for a couple more years. So there was Gottlieb on Wednesday afternoon at Towson's Schuerholz Park, standing in the bright sunshine and biting wind before the Tigers' 5-3 loss to Navy, marveling at what a close call it had been for his team. "I remember growing up in the 60's," he was saying now, "and there was a Superman episode where they found out a guy who was on Death Row was innocent.
SPORTS
By Ron Wagner, For The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
After beating Florida Atlantic on Friday in the Chapel Hill regional of the NCAA baseball tournament, Towson's reward was a matchup with No. 1 overall seed North Carolina in front of the Tar Heels' fans at Boshamer Stadium. While starting pitcher Brandon Gonnella and the rest of the Tigers battled to stay in the game, they came up short in an 8-5 loss. Towson, in its first NCAA tournament since 1991, will take on Florida Atlantic again Sunday at 1 p.m. in an elimination game.
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By Ron Wagner and For The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Asked which he would have thought less likely in March -- that Towson would still have a baseball program after the season or that this season would still be going on in June -- Tigers coach Mike Gottlieb didn't hesitate with his answer. “This was less likely,” he said after Towson beat Florida Atlantic, 7-2, on Friday in the first game of the Chapel Hill NCAA baseball tournament regional. “Throughout the month of March, after we were told there would be no baseball in the future, the kids played hard.
SPORTS
By Ron Wagner, For The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
A red-hot Corey Keller combined with a multitude of mistakes and missed opportunities meant the end of Towson's emotional 2013 season on Sunday. With two outs in the top of the ninth and the winning run on third, Tigers coach Mike Gottlieb elected to intentionally walk Brendon Sanger so Nik Nowottnick could face Keller, but Keller lined Nowottnick's first-pitch slider off the base of the wall in left to score Geoff Jimenez and propel Florida Atlantic...
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Kevin Cowherd | May 26, 2013
For a team that was on life support just two months ago, Towson University's baseball team sure shows a lot of life. How great is the story the Tigers are writing this spring? In March they were told by school president Maravene Loeschke that the program was being dropped for budget and Title IX compliance reasons, only to have it saved when the state stepped into the huge PR disaster with an infusion of cash. Now here they are going to the NCAA tournament after winning their first ever Colonial Athletic Association championship Saturday with a 5-2 win over William & Mary in Harrisonburg, Va. The whole thing reads like a Hollywood script: once-doomed team, now a gritty No. 4 seed in the league tournament, goes undefeated in four pressurized games to make it to the Big Dance for the first time since 1991.
NEWS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
Towson University baseball could live to fight another year after Gov. Martin O'Malley included an additional $300,000 in his 2014 budget to help the university sort through difficulties with its athletic funding. The baseball program had been slated for elimination after this season until O'Malley became interested in its fate. An O'Malley spokeswoman said Monday that the appropriation, still subject to General Assembly approval, resulted from a one-on-one meeting last week between the governor and Towson president Maravene Loeschke.
SPORTS
By Ron Wagner and For The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Asked which he would have thought less likely in March -- that Towson would still have a baseball program after the season or that this season would still be going on in June -- Tigers coach Mike Gottlieb didn't hesitate with his answer. “This was less likely,” he said after Towson beat Florida Atlantic, 7-2, on Friday in the first game of the Chapel Hill NCAA baseball tournament regional. “Throughout the month of March, after we were told there would be no baseball in the future, the kids played hard.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
As they reflect on the scenes from their last seven months, the baseball players of Towson University feel almost as if they're looking in on someone else's life. President Maravene Loeschke, flanked by campus police officers, gathering them so she could pronounce the program dead. Their phones buzzing with texts, heralding a reprieve from the governor. Joyously collapsing on one another after winning their conference tournament and clinching their first NCAA bid in 22 years. "If you saw it on TV, you wouldn't believe it," said Patricia Johnson, one of the parents who fought to keep the program alive.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
The tattoo on Zach Fisher's left arm tells all. "One family," it reads - a nod to the synergy he feels with his brethren on Towson's unsinkable baseball team. "Me and couple of other guys got the tattoo in December, when the program was on the ropes," said Fisher, the Tigers' third baseman. "If baseball got cut [by school funding], I wanted something to remember these guys by. " Sure enough, in March, Towson baseball got axed. Then the state stepped in to save the program.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 26, 2013
For a team that was on life support just two months ago, Towson University's baseball team sure shows a lot of life. How great is the story the Tigers are writing this spring? In March they were told by school president Maravene Loeschke that the program was being dropped for budget and Title IX compliance reasons, only to have it saved when the state stepped into the huge PR disaster with an infusion of cash. Now here they are going to the NCAA tournament after winning their first ever Colonial Athletic Association championship Saturday with a 5-2 win over William & Mary in Harrisonburg, Va. The whole thing reads like a Hollywood script: once-doomed team, now a gritty No. 4 seed in the league tournament, goes undefeated in four pressurized games to make it to the Big Dance for the first time since 1991.
SPORTS
Kevin Cowherd | April 3, 2013
Mike Gottlieb feels like the Death Row inmate who gets a last-minute reprieve from the governor. Only in this case, the governor came up with $300,000 out of the state budget to keep Gottlieb's Towson University baseball team alive for a couple more years. So there was Gottlieb on Wednesday afternoon at Towson's Schuerholz Park, standing in the bright sunshine and biting wind before the Tigers' 5-3 loss to Navy, marveling at what a close call it had been for his team. "I remember growing up in the 60's," he was saying now, "and there was a Superman episode where they found out a guy who was on Death Row was innocent.
NEWS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
Towson University baseball could live to fight another year after Gov. Martin O'Malley included an additional $300,000 in his 2014 budget to help the university sort through difficulties with its athletic funding. The baseball program had been slated for elimination after this season until O'Malley became interested in its fate. An O'Malley spokeswoman said Monday that the appropriation, still subject to General Assembly approval, resulted from a one-on-one meeting last week between the governor and Towson president Maravene Loeschke.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
The tattoo on Zach Fisher's left arm tells all. "One family," it reads - a nod to the synergy he feels with his brethren on Towson's unsinkable baseball team. "Me and couple of other guys got the tattoo in December, when the program was on the ropes," said Fisher, the Tigers' third baseman. "If baseball got cut [by school funding], I wanted something to remember these guys by. " Sure enough, in March, Towson baseball got axed. Then the state stepped in to save the program.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman | November 23, 2012
Members of the Towson baseball and men's soccer teams continue to wait to hear whether their programs will be disbanded by the university. President Maravene Loeschke sent a message to students and faculty Monday saying that a task force asked to study the decision had endorsed the recommendation to cut the sports. But she also said she would need more time to examine the issue before making her decision. She hopes to do so “as soon after winter break as possible.” Loeschke was not available for an interview this week, nor was Towson athletics director Mike Waddell.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
As a former college baseball coach, I implore Towson University President Maravene S. Loeschke to reconsider her decision to drop the school's baseball and soccer programs ("Ire grows after Towson president cuts two teams," March 24). We all know there are other, fairer solutions that would allow the school to be in compliance with Title IX, but they require more effort on her part. I have coached baseball for 27 years at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Lafayette College and Penn State University, and I cherished my relationship with Towson University coaches Billy Hunter and Mike Gottlieb.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells and Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
Towson University baseball coach Mike Gottlieb got the call March 8 at 9:07 a.m. — a time he has committed to memory. We need you to meet with us at 9:45 a.m., athletic director Mike Waddell told him. Call your players and tell them to come, too, at 10. It wasn't good news, Waddell said. Disgusted, Gottlieb called no one. But soon team members, some in class and others still at home, saw messages flash on their cellphones from an unknown number. It said they'd be excused from class if they showed up soon for a meeting at the Johnny Unitas Stadium Field House on campus.
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