Maryland traveled south on I-95 to Richmond for the second of three mid-week games against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams. The Terps eked out a one run win in a game in College Park last week and, coming off their Sunday win against league foe Miami, duplicated that margin pulling out a 4-3 win with a late game rally.
Alex Robinson started for Maryland and the Rams nicked him for three runs in the third. After going three up and three down in each of the first three innings, the Terps struck back in the top of the fourth scoring their first run in typical Terrapin fashion. Charlie White led off the inning with a line drive single to center. Jordan Hagel pushed him to second with a soft grounder to third. White reached third on LaMonte Wade’s single up the middle and scored on Kevin Martir’s sac fly to left. The two pitchers settled in to a nice rhythm with each team managing only a single hit until the bottom of the sixth. Redshirt freshman Robert Galligan came on in relief of Robins after Alex walked the Rams lead off hitter in the bottom of the sixth. He walked the only batter he faced as Coach Szefc called on another freshman, Jared Price who escaped the two on one out jam without a ball leaving the infield. Price’s two solid innings of work earned him the win as the Terps put together a three run rally in the eighth to capture the lead.
Greg Olenski opened the inning with a walk that was followed by a Jack Cleary single to put runners on first and second with no one out. Jose Cuas laid down a bunt and was thrown out catcher to first but both runners moved into scoring position. Shortstop Blake Schmit’s double into the left field corner drove in two and tied the score. White walked and Hagel again advanced the runners with a ground out this time to the pitcher. The VCU third baseman failed to cleanly field Wade’s grounder and Wade beat the throw. Schmit scored on the play and the three spot gave the Terps the 4-3 lead. Bobby Ruse tossed an uneventful eighth for Maryland but freshman Kevin Mooney, doing his best Don Stanhouse impression, made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth. After retiring the first two batters on a strike out and a ground out, Mooney allowed VCU to load the bases on a double and two walks. However, he induced a first pitch come backer to get the force out at the plate and help shorten the bus ride home. The Terps look to grab their third straight win Wednesday night against Mt. Saint Mary’s before hosting Virginia Tech for a three game weekend set.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)