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Another Split - Softball Wins Baseball Falls

For the second straight game, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons had a monster inning that proved too much for Maryland to overcome as the Terps dropped a 7-4 decision losing their third consecutive ACC series and second at home. Unlike Saturday’s game where they scored eight in the top of the eighth, this time the visitors broke out on top scoring seven runs in the top of the second. Wake put together its big inning in Maryland like fashion with three walks, a hit batter, a Terrapin error, and four singles including an infield hit. Despite having ample time to mount a comeback, the Terps failed to threaten until they finally broke through in the bottom of the eighth. Maryland loaded the bases on three walks surrounding Anthony Amaro’s fly ball out to center. The Terps got on the board when Kyle Convissar drew the fourth walk of the inning driving in Jack Cleary who had walked to start the inning. K.J. Hockaday followed with a ground ball single to left driving in two and bringing the Terps within four at 7 to 3. Kevin Martir singled to left and Maryland again had the bases loaded with only one out. Blake Schmitt’s grounder to second scored Convissar when the Deacons failed to turn the double play. Anthony Papio walked and once again the bases were loaded. Jack Cleary, batted for the second time in the inning and represent the possible go ahead run but he ground out to short and Wake escaped the inning with a 7-4 lead. The Terps went down in order in the ninth allowing Wake Forest to escape College Park with the series win. George Mason visits College Park on Tuesday for a 4:00 pm match up that will wrap up the Terps nine game home stand.

In a bit of good news from Taylor Stadium the softball team continued their hot play edging the Virginia Cavaliers 6-5 completing the three game sweep of the visitors from Charlottesville. Virginia scored first taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when third baseman Melissa Mancuso’s diving attempt at a grounder deflected the ball behind shortstop Lindsey Schmeiser and the Cavs runner came around from second. The Terps tied the game in the bottom of the third when second baseman Juli Strange homered just over the right centerfield fence. Maryland really got busy in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, senior left fielder Nikki Maier lined a single to left. Designated player Candice Beards followed with a walk and Mandy Gardner singled to left to load the bases. Mancuso lined a single to left center driving in Maier and keeping the bases loaded. Strange backed up her home run with a single to right driving in another run and keeping the bases loaded for the Terps. Amanda McCann smacked a ground ball to second and reached when the second baseman’s throw sailed over the catcher’s head allowing pinch runner Bridget Hawvermale to score the third run of the inning. After a solid at bat where she fouled of several pitches, center fielder Sara Acosta line a single to right driving in Mancuso. This brought hot hitting freshman Lindsey Schmeiser to the plate and with UVA’s pitcher treading a bit too carefully, Schmeiser walked to drive in the fifth run of the inning and give the Terps an apparently comfortable 6-1 lead. The comfort was only apparent because the Cavaliers started off the top of the fifth with a single, a walk and a titanic three run homer that hit Paint Branch Drive on the fly. At this point Coach Laura Watten brought in Kaitlyn Schmeiser in relief of starter Maddie Martin. Schmeiser easily retired the first two batters she faced but a bloop double down the right field line followed by a walk and a passed ball put runners on the corners. Virginia closed the gap to one with a single to left but Schmeiser held that lead inducing a soft pop to here sister at short. The Cavs threatened again in their half of the sixth when a lead off bunt single and a line drive base hit to center put runners on the corners with no one out. Schmeiser again quashed the Virginia threat getting a pop out to second, a called third strike, and, after a semi-intentional walk, recorded the third out on a lazy fly to center. Things got no easier for nervous Terp fans in the top of the seventh as the Cavaliers lead off hitter lined a double to right center and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Clinging to a one run lead Schmeiser induced another called third strike after a long battle with Virginia’s left fielder. It took only one pitch to record the final out a pop out to catcher Shannon Bustillos who made a fine play on a ball that never got much air under it. The 6-5 win moved the Terps to 3-0 in the ACC. The Howard Bison come to College Park for a scheduled double header on Wednesday before Maryland hosts the Florida State Seminoles in a three game set on Saturday and Sunday.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)


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