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No Consecutive 30 Win Seasons - Terps Drop Opener to BC 2-1

The Maryland Terrapins baseball squad took an interesting approach to curing their LOB-itis in in Thursday night's series opener against Boston College. They simply didn't put many runners on base in a 2-1 loss that made the Eagles starting pitcher look like an uncomplaining Stephen Strasburg. After a shaky start, the Terps got another strong performance from starter Jimmy Reed likely pitching his last game in a Maryland uniform.

BC nicked Reed for three singles and a run in the top of the first and a lead off home run off the light post in right in the top of the second to take a 2-0 lead. After that, he settled in to retire the next eleven batters her faced before yielding a two out walk in the top of the fifth. Meanwhile the Terps were equally anemic going three up and three down in four of the first five innings. Their only threat came in the top of the second when Kyle Convissar led off with a double off the left field fence that missed being a home run by a foot or two. Kevin Martir grounded sharply back to the pitcher keeping Convissar at second. Anthony Papio walked but Blake Schmit smoked a line drive back to the pitcher and Papio was doubled off first.

After striking out only three batters in the first five innings, Reed - who gave the Terps 8 1/3 strong inning went on a strikeout binge beginning in the sixth inning when he struck out the side on only ten pitches. He added two more in the seventh, two in the eighth, and the lead off batter in the ninth to equal his career high of eleven strikeouts in a single game.

The Terrapins managed to scratch out one run with a two out rally in the bottom of the sixth. Charlie White got the rally started with a walk. Jordan Hagel followed with a grounder to the hole at deep short for an infield single. With the runners moving after Lamonte Wade worked a full count, White came around to score when Wade flared a soft liner into left. Convissar grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.

Reed worked his way out of some trouble of his own making in the top of the seventh when he waled the first two batters. With the Eagles planning to sacrifice, Wade charged so close to the plate that he could have intercepted Reed's pitch. This may have distracted the BC hitter who popped his bunt to the third base side of the mound but Wade's momentum allowed him to make the play easily. As noted above, Reed then retired the side on strikeouts.

The Terps did manage one more runner in scoring position in their half of the seventh. Martir drew a four pitch walk to lead off the inning and Papio moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Schmit drove a liner to left center that looked certain to tie the score but BC's left fielder made one of those plays that broadcasters put an asterisk beside in their score book to preserve the lead. Pinch hitter Andrew Amaro ground out to end the inning. Though White was hit by a pitch in the eighth, Maryland never really threatened again and suffered their fourth consecutive loss.

Maryland and Boston College close out the season with games Friday night at 6:30 and Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm.

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In a note unrelated to baseball, the B1G announced that like their male counterparts, the Maryland Women's Basketball team will face Ohio State in the ACC B1G Challenge. Unlike the men, the Terps will host the Buckeyes on December 5th. The Terps will also host current National Champion UCONN in early November.

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