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Saturday Evening Wrap-Up: Baseball still unable to solve UNC Drops 5-3 Decision; Gymnastics Falls a Bit Short of Qualifying for NCAA Championship ROund

Unlike Friday’s game, the Terps jumped on top of the Tar Heels early coring twice in the top of the first. Center fielder Charlie White started things off for Maryland with a lead off double to right center. After Lamonte Wade, Jr. Flied out, Kyle Convissar was hit by a pitch and Tim Kiene walked to load the bases. Kevin Martir capitalized on the scoring opportunity driving a single to right center scoring White. Blake Schmit followed with a sac fly to right bringing Convissar home. Andrew Amaro drew a walk to load the bases again but Anthony Papio flied out to end the inning. Carolina cut the Maryland lead in half with an unearned run in the home half of the second. UNC tied things up in the third scoring after a double, a single and a pickoff rundown between first and second.

The Terrapins bounced back in the top of the fourth. Amaro walked to start the inning but was forced at second on Papio’s attempted sacrifice bunt. Jose Cuas singled to center and Papio went to third putting runners at the corners. Exemplifying the small ball that has typified their play, Papio scored on White’s bunt single. Wade flied out and Convissar was hit by a pitch to lad the bases with two out for Tim Kiene and prompting a Carolina pitching change. Kiene worked the count to 2-2 before popping out to end the inning with the Terps up 3-2. The Maryland lead didn’t last long, however as the Tar Heels strung together four straight singles to open the bottom of the fourth on their way to a three run inning and a 5-3 lead at the end of four.

After Terp starter Brady Kirkpatrick retired the first two Carolina batters in the bottom of the fifth, he lost the strike zone and walked the next two prompting a Terrapin pitching change. Brandon Casas came on to pick up the final out and keep the Terps within striking distance. Casas gave Maryland three and a third strong innings in relief yielding just two hits and a walk but the Carolina bullpen was equally strong shutting down the Terps over the final five innings. Wade was the only Terrapin batter to reach as far as third which he managed on Convissar’s ground out after he’d led off the inning with a double. But two strikeouts ended the game. The Terps look to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon.

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In Gainesville for the NCAA regional the Terrapin gymnastics squad faced a daunting challenge in a region that featured number one ranked Florida, Auburn and Minnesota (tied for 12th) EAGL foe Pitt and the University of Bridgeport along with the twenty-fourth ranked Terps. Maryland opened the first rotation on the floor exercise and was led by junior Katy Dodds who scored 9.875. Ally Krikorian and Ebony Walters each scored 9.750 for the Terps who finished the rotation with a score of 48.75. (Note: because six teams participate with only four apparatuses, I can’t provide team standings after each rotation.) Maryland move to the vault for their second rotation and unsurprisingly were again led by Dodds who scored a 9.900 on her specialty. Supporting her with the second and third best scores were Krikorian who registered a 9.850 and Kelsey Cofsky with a 9.800. The Terps scored 49.050 for the vault and totaled 97.800 halfway through the meet. As a basis of comparison, Florida scored 49.600 for their vault rotation and Auburn rang up a 49.100 on the floor. After all the squads had completed two rotations, the Terps 97.800 put them in fourth place. Predictably, Florida led with a team score of 99.200 followed by Auburn at 98.475, and Minnesota with a score of 98.325.

After a break, the teams returned to action with Maryland opening their final two rotations on the uneven bars meaning the Terps would finish on the beam. Kathy Tang led things off for Maryland scoring 9.750 but Cofsky and Stephanie Giameo would lead the Terrapins with scores of 9.850 and 9.800 respectively. Maryland’s team score stood at 146.575 after three rotations. Kelsey Cofsky and Ebony Walters led the Terps through their last rotation on the beam with Cofsky scoring 9.850 and Walters 9.800. As a team, Maryland matched their 48.750 score on the floor exercise finishing the meet with a total of 195.575 just below their season long regional qualifying score of 195.810. In the final team standings the host Florida Gators held on to first but Minnesota overtook Auburn for second place to earn the second trip to UCLA to compete in the NCAA National Championships. Improving on their fifth place regional finish last year, Maryland finished fourth among the six competing teams. Kelsey Cofsky had the top all around score for Maryland finishing ninth overall with a total of 39.175 but fell short of securing an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)

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