Well, folks, it doesn’t get much easier than this for me. I only have one event to write about tonight. The baseball team traveled to Raleigh to take on the NC State Wolfpack. Both teams entered the game with a 3-6 record in ACC play. Each team sent its ace to the mound for the opener of the three game series with Terrapin senior Jimmy Reed facing off against sophomore Carlos Rodon.
LaMonte Wade, Jr. reached base on a one out error He stole second after Kyle Convissar popped out to second but was stranded when K.J. Hockaday became the first of eleven Terp strikeouts. NC State struck for three runs in the bottom of the first on a lead off home run a single and two Maryland errors. Tim Kiene led off the Maryland second with a walk and advanced a base one out later on Jack Cleary’s single to center. But both Matt Bosse and Anthony Papio struck out leaving two men on base. The Terps threatened again in the top of the third. Charlie White led off the inning with a single up the middle. White reached second as Wade struck out swinging on a pitch that eluded the catcher. Convissar was hit by a pitch and the Terps executed a double steal putting runners on second and third with one out. Maryland again failed to capitalize as Hockaday struck out on a 3-2 pitch and Kiene grounded out to second. The Terrapins got a two out single and stolen base from Wade in the top of the fifth but Maryland stranded their sixth runner of the game and fifth in scoring position.
The Terps failed to threaten until the top of the eighth when, after a bang-bang call at first on White leading off the inning, Convissar walked, Hockaday muscled a single past the shortstop and Kiene was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After a State pitching change, Blake Schmitt became the second Terp batter in the inning to be hit by a pitch and Maryland was on the board. That run ended the scoring for the Terrapins as Jack Cleary struck out on a 2-2 pitch. After his rough patch in the first inning, Reed controlled the Wolfpack giving up only one additional hit into the eighth when with one out the State batter doubled after Wade failed to field a foul pop up down the right field line. After a strike out, the Pack out runners on the corners with an infield single on another bang-bang call at first that went State’s way. Reed buckled down and got the final out on a fly ball to right.
Pinch hitter Kevin Martir led off the ninth for the Terps with a line drive single down the right field line. After another NCS pitching change, Coach Szefc called on Greg Olenski to bat for Anthony Papio. Olenski delivered aground single to left outing runners on first and second with none out. Lead off hitter Charlie White laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line to move the runners up a base. White was again called out on a very close play at first. Lamonte Wade hit a sharp grounder to third scoring Martir and bringing up Convissar with Olenski still on second and two down. Convissar popped out to left and the Terps fell one run short dropping their fourth straight by a score of 3-2.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)