Unlike Jimmy Reed's rocky start on Thursday night, junior Jake Stinnett set the tone early for Maryland Friday night setting down the visiting BC Eagles in order with two strikeouts to start the game. Though they didn't score, the Terps go their bats going a bit earlier as well with Kevin Martir drawing a one out walk followed by Anthony Papio's single to left in the bottom of the second.
Maryland finally broke through and took their first lead of the series in the home half of the fourth. Kyle Convissar started the rally with an infield single to short. Martir laced a single to left putting runners on first and second. In a surprise to those who have watched the Terrapins play this season, Coach Szefc let Papio swing away and the freshman right fielder rewarded his coach with a double to right that scored Convissar. With runners on second and third and only one out, Szefc reverted to the expected play. Fortunately, Blake Schmit dropped a perfect suicide squeeze driving in Martir but effectively ending the rally. The Terps ended the inning ahead 2-0.
Meanwhile, Stinnett was sailing along having held the Eagles hitless through four. His no hit chances ended on a ground ball up the middle with one out in the top of the fifth. The Terps extended their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Jose Cuas led off with a ground ball single to center. After Charlie White struck out, Jordan Hagel drove a one hop double off the fence in left. Cuas scored and Hagel took third when BC third baseman mishandled the throw from left.
The Eagles nicked Stinnett for an unearned run in the sixth when the junior hurler tried to make a tough play on a softly hit bouncer and threw the ball into center field. His team mates picked it up in the bottom half of the inning. Papio led off with his third hit of the game, an infield single to second. After two failed attempted bunts, Schmit was hit by a pitch. Anthony Amaro's attempted sacrifice bunt failed as he popped out to the catcher but Cuas lined a sharp single to shallow center that loaded the bases. Papio then tagged and scored on Charlie White's fly ball to deep left.
After retiring the first two batters in the eighth, Stinnett appeared to tire a bit hitting a batter and giving up a single to center. Freshman Jared Price came in from the bullpen to record the final out. Kevin Mooney entered to pitch the ninth and while the inning wasn't a full on full pack experience, he did walk two to allow BC to bring the potential tying run to the plate with two out. As he has most of the season, the freshman closed things out and picked up his ninth save.
Saturday is senior day as the Terps try to close out season with a series win that would give them thirty for the year and mark the first time in the program's history that Maryland has put together back to back thirty win seasons.
Mr. R. My quick add is that through 54 games LOB total = 465.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)