Towson hands Owings Mills first loss, 4-0

April 21, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Towson coach Paul Becker likes what he calls the "short game." Becker often orders his Generals to bunt the ball several times per inning.

But the Generals hit the ball so well in practice on Wednesday that Becker decided to let them swing away yesterday -- despite facing undefeated Owings Mills pitcher Alison Kleiner.

The move worked as Sarah Stokes tripled twice and Morri Pace added another three-bagger to help account for three runs, and Katherine Bevans threw a five-hitter as host Towson handed No. 11 Owings Mills its first loss, 4-0, in a Baltimore County 1A-2A game.

The move was a risk as Towson (7-2, 2-0) registered only 10 extra-base hits in its first eight games. In addition, Kleiner brought a 9-0 record and 88 strikeouts in 55 innings into the game.

But Towson turned up the pitching machine to full speed in practice before this game to prepare for Kleiner. The sophomore pitcher got a few pitches up, however, and the Generals took advantage.

"That's the first time we've had multiple triples," said Becker, whose team finished with eight hits. "We're not an extra-base hitting team."

The extra-base hits helped Towson -- a 2-1 loser to Owings Mills earlier this season -- take an early 3-0 lead. Leading off the second, Stokes tripled. Jen Gansert then grounded to third, and Stokes beat the throw home for a 1-0 lead.

With one out in the third, Pace tripled and scored when a relay throw went out of play. Two batters later, Katie Walker reached on an error and scored on Stokes' second triple to make it 3-0.

"We have a team that [seems to] have rallies late in the game," said Stokes. "I think we got off to a good start and didn't let up."

Owings Mills (9-1, 2-1) almost got off to a good start. Kim Metzger and Nikki Winik reached on infield singles in the first, and the Golden Eagles put runners at the corners with one out.

But they did not score.

"They knew they could play with Owings Mills," said Becker. "It gave them the confidence that they could beat them."

Owings Mills did not take advantage of its scoring chances. The Golden Eagles left seven runners on base -- five in scoring position.

Bevans and the Towson defense caused that. The right-hander made a number of good clutch pitches, and the defense made only one error.

"I try just to concentrate on the next pitch," said Bevans. "It all comes together, and we get help from the defense."

* Eastern Tech 1, Dundalk 0: Sandy Birchfield (8-1) struck out eight and allowed no hits as Eastern Tech edged visiting Dundalk. Katie Marsheck allowed only two hits for the Owls.

Baseball

* Lansdowne 10, Randallstown 3: Host Lansdowne (6-4, 5-3) scored at least one run in each of the first six innings en route to an upset of No. 8 Randallstown (7-1, 7-1) in a Baltimore County 3A-4A League game. Vikings pitcher Tim Crough scattered eight hits and earned the victory.

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