Opportunity knocked yesterday for Loch Raven at No. 17 Towson, and it came in the form of the Raiders' bats.
Trailing by a run and having been outslugged, nine hits to two, the unranked Raiders (7-1, 5-1) erupted with a three-run, four-hit sixth inning to upset Towson, 5-4.
Loch Raven ended Towson's winning streak at four games and earned sole possession of first place in the Central Division.
The rally, which chased Towson starter Josh Beck (1-2), included consecutive hits by Matt Anderson, Jeff Dahlem (double) and Mark Little (triple) -- the latter bringing in Anderson and Dahlem for a 4-3 lead.
"I was just thinking 'We need some runs.' The pitch was a chest-high fastball, so I just tried to get it in play," said Little, a sophomore who scored on the fourth straight hit, a single by Justin Kazaras, for a 5-3 lead.
Towson (6-2, 4-2) got one more run as Jared Satterfield, pinch running for catcher Geoff Chenoweth, crossed the plate on Mike Burns' sixth-inning single.
Towson was coming off last Friday's 9-6, eight-inning victory over No. 19 Dulaney in which right-hander John Promen (3-for-3 yesterday) struck out eight batters.
The Generals had 12 hits off winning pitcher Paul Kollman (3-1) yesterday, but was hurt by three errors -- one of which led to a run -- and base running.
Towson stranded a runner in each of the first and second innings and two more in the fifth. The lead runner was thrown at at third base in the first inning, and three others, after getting hits, were thrown out at second. A fourth runner was thrown out at third for the game's final out trying to turn a double into a triple.
Promen, the designated hitter and the ninth batter yesterday, singled to start the third, and later scored the game's first run on Fred Metschulat's two-out single up the middle.
Loch Raven rallied, however, for a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Kollman reached on an error, and pinch runner Dennis Nonouchi scored on Joe Wilhelm's double. Anderson's sacrifice bunt moved Wilhelm to third, and Dahlem brought him home on a sacrifice fly to center.
Promen tied the game at 2 in the fourth when his two-out bloop single scored John Stokes, who had singled. And in the fifth, Brian Cuthrell's double made it 3-2, scoring Burns, who had singled.
Pub Date: 4/15/97