Lozzi Makes Most Of Early Lead As Cougars End Bobcats' Winning Streak At 7

Varsity Baseball No. 2 Fallston 8, No. 12 Bel Air 2

April 26, 2009|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

No. 2 Fallston gave starter Jordan Lozzi a big early lead, and the left-hander scattered six hits over 6 2/3 strong innings to help the visiting Cougars to an 8-2 victory over No. 12 Bel Air in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game Saturday.

Fallston (13-0, 9-0) staked Lozzi to a 6-1 lead in the second inning. The Cougars scored three runs in the first and second innings, and six of their first 10 batters scored. That was more than enough for Lozzi, who kept Bel Air (9-2, 6-2) off balance with his curveball and command and ended the Bobcats' seven-game winning streak.

Lozzi used his curve to get ahead in the count throughout the game. He threw 112 pitches and gave up two runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking just one, and said the early lead let him relax.

"That was tremendous," Lozzi said. "As a pitcher, then you can just focus on going after the batters."

Fallston leadoff batter Garrett Weinhold singled and scored in the first and second. He also drove in a run. Shane Hollman followed Weinhold with an RBI double in the first. Hollman also doubled and scored in the seventh. Corey Taylor drove in a run in the first and second innings.

Taylor came on for Lozzi in the seventh to get the game's final out.

Bel Air pitcher Zach Nadolny settled down after the rough start to allow just two runs on three hits in the final four innings. But this was the second time a fast Fallston start hurt Bel Air. The Cougars scored six runs in the first inning of a 7-4 victory earlier this spring - the Bobcats' only other loss.

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