Towson trying to alter luck vs. Johns Hopkins by changing schedule
Since 1980, Johns Hopkins and Towson had scheduled their annual match-up for either late April or early May, and the contest sometimes served as a tune-up for the NCAA Tournament for both teams.
But the traditional grudge match was moved to the beginning of the schedule this season to accommodate both schools, and that’s fine with Tigers coach Tony Seaman, who is eager to help his team snap a 15-game losing skid to the Blue Jays on Saturday in the season opener for both teams at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson.
“We’ve never beaten them at the end of the season, so why not try the early part? I mean that sincerely,” he said. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. But if it’s broke, fix it. I don’t know why I would change it if I was them. We’ve saved their [butts] going to the playoffs two years in a row.”
Towson’s last win in the series took place on April 17, 1996, but Seaman said he has sensed an undercurrent of enthusiasm among his players.
“I think they’re feeling like we’re getting better each week, and they’re excited to start the season against Hopkins,” he said. “None of them were ever recruited by Hopkins. So this is a great chance to make a statement. So I think they’re excited.”