Towson baseball coach Brad Eastman knew about the strong right arm of sophomore right-hander Kyle Dixon, but he reserved judgment until he saw him in game action. That came on Friday, and Eastman liked what he saw in the Generals' season opener against Loch Raven.
Dixon, making his varsity debut, gave up one hit over three innings in relief to pick up the win in Towson's 11-4 victory over the Raiders at Towson.
"He threw strikes, kept the ball down and changed speeds well," Eastman said. "He threw his curveball nicely and when you do that as a pitcher, you will be successful."
Dixon came on to replace starter Brian Weber in the top of the fifth.
After Dixon retired the side in order, the Generals gave him plenty of support over the next two innings, pushing across seven runs.
Junior center-fielder Kenny Young, who went 4-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs, scored the decisive run in the fifth when got caught in a rundown but beat the final throw to make it 5-4.
"He is a speedy guy and an athlete," Eastman said. "He was agile enough to be able get out of the rundown. It was after four or five throws in the rundown."
Garrett Alt and Brendan Stuiber also contributed two RBIs for Towson.
The Generals broke open the game in the sixth, scoring six runs off of sophomore pitcher Anthony Raynor, who took the loss.
Stuiber's two-run single and Young's two-run triple were the big hits in the inning.
All of Loch Raven's runs were off Weber, who yielded four runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks while striking out four in four innings.
The Raiders scored three runs in the first inning, which was highlighted by RJ Chasen's two-run triple.
Towson responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning before each team scored a run in the second.
"We were hitting the ball," said Loch Raven coach John Railey, whose team made five errors. "They made a couple of real nice defensive plays."