The Maryland baseball team faced off against the VCU Rams in the first of three scheduled mid-week games at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium and eked out a 6-5 extra inning win.
The visitors got on the board in the top of the first scoring an unearned run off Terp starter Alex Robinson. The Rams came back with another run in the top of the second without getting the ball out of the infield with two infield singles surrounding a stolen base and a ground out. Maryland grabbed the lead in the bottom of the frame. After Tim Kiene grounded out to first, Greg Olenski lined a double down the left field line. Blake Schmit followed with a soft single to left with Olenski holding at third. Schmit stole second and Anthony Papio laced a ground ball double down the first base line that was just fair and knocked in Schmit and Olenski. One out later Papio scored on Charlie White’s soft liner between short and third.
The Terps added a run in their half of the fifth. Charlie White led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. He added to his team high 28 stolen bases by stealing second and third before scoring in Kyle Convissar’s one out double to right. The threat intensified when the Terps loaded the bases with two out but were unable to capitalize. The lead ballooned to 5-2 when Anthony Papio led off the Terrapin sixth with a mammoth shot to right. VCU closed to 5-4 in the seventh scoring on a two out double. Maryland mounted a threat in the bottom of the seventh loading the bases with two out but again failed to push a run across. That failure came back to haunt the Terps when the Rams scored in the top of the ninth to tie things up at five. The Terps got a two out double from Kiene in the bottom of ninth but a diving catch by VCU’s second baseman of pinch hitter K.J. Hockaday’s line shot saved the inning for the visitors.
Reliever Brandon Casas, who surrendered the tying run in the ninth retied the Rams in order in the tenth and yielded only a single in the eleventh. LaMonte Wade led off the home half of the inning with a single to center. Convissar was hit by a pitch and both runners advanced on Martir’s sac bunt. Then, as can happen in baseball, things got weird. To set up a force at any base, VCU elected to intentionally walk DH Anthony Amaro who had entered the game as a pinch runner for Kiene in the ninth. The Rams pitcher got the count to 2-0 then promptly uncorked a wild pitch. Wade scored and the Terps escaped with the 6-5 win. Maryland hops the bus to Fairfax for a match up with George Mason Wednesday at 3:00 pm.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)