So, was it home field advantage or the dampness in the air that contributed to the turn around versus Towson? Maybe it was having Alex Robinson on the hill. Regardless, the Terps too care of business Tuesday against the Tigers Tuesday handing them an 11-3 drubbing at Shipley Field at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
The Tigers got on board first with a single run in the top of the second but the lead didn’t survive the inning. Kevin Martir started the inning drawing a walk. An Anthony Papio sacrifice bunt and a Blake Schmit single later tied the score. Maryland nosed in front in the third. After Charlie White singled, Jordan Hagel moved him up with a sac bunt. LaMonte Wade walked and Kevin Martir hit a grounder to first. Towson took the force at second but the first baseman didn’t handle the throw trying to turn the double play and White scored on the error. The Terps added to their lead in the fourth. With two out and runners on second and third courtesy of an Andrew Amaro single, an error and a sac bunt, White delivered a clutch two out single up the middle to drive in Amaro. Hagel followed with a clutch hit of his own pulling a double down the right field line. White was thrown out trying to score from first on the play.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Terps put up four runs to break the game open. Wade led off with an infield single into the hole at short and stole second. Martir walked and with runners on first and second, Coach Szefc surprised no one by having Papio bunt to move the runners up. Jack Cleary walked loading the bases and Schmit got a painful RBI when he was hit by a pitch. After a Towson pitching change, Jose Cuas cleared the bases with a double deep into the left filed corner. Not satisfied with an 8-1 lead, Maryland put another run up in the sixth taking advantage of a hit batter (Martir), a single (Papio), and a ground out (Amaro). Meanwhile, Robinson was cruising along pitching out of some minor scrapes in the third and sixth innings but holding the Tigers to the single run in the second. Ben Brewster came on in relief of Robinson to pitch a scoreless eighth and K.J. Hockaday made his first appearance in several games coming in as a defensive replacement for Martir at third. Maryland opened the lead to 10 runs in the bottom of the inning when they loaded the bases with one out on a single, a hit batter and a walk and scored two runs on an error on Hockaday’s fly ball by Towson’s right fielder. Brady Kirkpatrick came into mop up in the ninth and gave up two runs but the Terps easily notched their twenty-sixth win of the season. Maryland plays at Liberty tomorrow befor their three game weekend set at Clemson. Wins in four of the eight games remaining on the regular schedule will give the Terrapins back to back thirty win seasons for the first time in the program’s history. Also of note, Charlie White stole his thirty seventh base of the season in the fifth inning adding to his single season Maryland record.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)