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Today's Menu: Baseball, Gymnastics and Wrestling (Softball was past my bedtime)

After a tough weekend in bayou country where the Terps dropped three games to tenth ranked LSU, the baseball team returned to College Park to open their home season with the first two of a scheduled four games series against the Oakland Grizzlies who finished second in the Summit League last season.

Playing through a light but chily drizzle, the Terps opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when centerfielder Charlie White doubled to open the inning, stole third and scored on a delayed double steal after Jordan Hagel reached base on a hit by the pitch. The Grizzlies bounced back quickly scoring two in the top of the second and two more in the top of the fouth. In the bottom of the fourth, first baseman Lamonte Wade drew a leadoff walk and after two fly ball outs stole second. Third baseman Jose Cuas, batting in the ninth spot, took advantage of having a man in scoring position and picked up the rbi on a single to right.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Terrapins exploded for seven runs starting with back to back doubles from second baseman Kyle Convissar and Hagel. After a line out to left, junior leftfielder Michael Montville and Hagel joined the doubles dance with two more back to back doubles each knocking in a run. Hagel’s hit gave the Terps a 5-4 lead but they were far from through. Following a pop out to second, Maryland loaded the bases on back to back walks. White stepped to the plate and, you guessed it, lined a bases clearing double sown the leftfield line. When he scored on Convissar’s single to cnter, the Terps had doubled up the Grizzlies 8-4. Maryland put up another crooked number scoring sic in the bottom of the eighth to move in front and ultimately win the game by a final of 15-4.

As you can imagine when a team scores fifteen runs and knocks out 15 hits there will be lots of offensive heroes. Red shirt sophomore Charlie White led the rbi parade with four while freshman Lamonte Wade scored three runs. On the hill, starting pitcher Jimmy Reed tossed seven innings giving up 10 hits and 4 runs only two of which were earned. He walked two and struck out eight.

In the nightcap, freshman Kevin Mooney got the start and yielded a run to Oakland without the ball leaving the infield. Maryland cam back to take the lead in the bottom of the second when leftfielder scored after reaching base on an infield single, advancing to third on Lamonte Wade’s double and coming home on freshman catcher Kevin Martir’s groundout. Blake Schmidt, in the lineup at shortstop, singled to center knocking in Wade and handing the Terps a 2-1 lead. Maryland extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third. Leading off the inning, Convissar was hit by a pitch and would eventually come around to score on DH Matt Bosse’s single. After retiring the Grizzlies in order in the top of the fourth, Mooney got in a bit of a jam in the fifth when he walked two of the first three hitters. Bobby Ruse came in to relive Mooney and promptly walked the bases loaded. Oakland scored one run on an infield single but the Terps escaped without further damage and the lead in tact at 3-2. Maryland went quietly in the bottom half of the inning going three up and three down. The bottom of the sixth was a different story. Martir led off the inning with a single up the middle followed by a walk to Schmidt. He scored on Whites bunt base hit. Following Convissar’s sacrifice bunt, Hagel walked to load the bases. Oakland didn’t make the Terps task of lengthening their lead particularly difficult. Maryland added two more runs on a balk and a wild pitch. The Oakland reliever plunked K.J. Hockaday and the Terrapins again had the bases loaded with only one out. When leftfielder Anthony Papio drew yet another walk, Maryland found themselves on the long end of a 7-2 score. The Terps closed the scoring on Wade’s sacrifice fly and took an 8-2 lead into the seventh. Freshman Jake Drossner took over for Ruse to start the seventh. Drossner struggled with his control walking two of the first three batters he face and tossing a wild pitch that led to two Oakland runs. He settled down and got out of the inning with Maryland still on top 8-4 which would prove to be the final score. The double header sweep improves Maryland’s record to 2-3. They will finish the series with Oakland with another double bill on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, in the Comcast Pavilion the seventeenth ranked Terrapins hosted the University of Bridgeport and two East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) foes, George Washington and Pitt. The Terps were not particularly generous hosts. Terrapin standout Katy Dodds captured first place in the vault with teammate Ally Krikorian holding second. On the uneven parallel bars Karen Tang took the top spot while Kelsey Cofsky finished third. Maryland took to the balance beam for its third rotation and the results were much the same with Stefanie Giameo taking top honors and teammate Ebony Walters finishing third. The Terps swept the top three spots in floor exercise with Dodds and Krikorian tied for first and Walters a close third. Giameo took home the all-around title with a score of 39.25 with Cofsky finishing third. The Terps also took team honors with a total score of 195.60 - their third highest score of the season Maryland travels to Auburn for a dual meet against the fourteenth ranked Tigers on the first of March.

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Friday night on the wrestling mat, the 24th ranked wrestling team took on George Mason on senior night. Maryland trailed 12-8 after the early matches but a decision by Domenic DeRobertis at 165 pounds brought the Terps within one at 12-11. Josh at 174 pounds put Maryland ahead. The nationally fifth ranked senior went out in style in the last home match of his career pinning his foe with 23 seconds remaining. The 6 point fall gave the Terrapins a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Terps would sin the meet by a score of 23-15. Paul O’Neill, Geoffrey Alexander, Aaron Norris, and Christian Boley also captured their individual matches. Maryland has a two week break before hosting the ACC Championship on March 9th.



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