The Maryland baseball team last another critical one run decision in the first game of Monday’s scheduled day-night double header against the Clemson Tigers. Despite getting seven and two-thirds strong innings from Jake Stinnett, the Terps fell to the Tigers 3-2.
Clemson got on the board first in a game in which Maryland never led. The Tigers scored their first run Terrapin Style with a single, a stolen base, a ground out to first and another single. The Terps tried to get that run back in the third with Blake Schmit and Jose Cuas, hitting in the eighth and ninth spots hit back to back singles putting runners on first and second with one out. But the top of the order couldn’t conjure up the crucial hit and the Terps left two on.
When those same two batters cycled around to lead off the Maryland sixth, Charlie White and Jordan Hagel singled and the Terps again had runners on first and second. Kyle Convissar and Kevin Martir followed with consecutive sacrifice bunts adding to the Terrapins NCAA leading 76 sacrifices and bringing home the tying run. Hagel was stranded at third when LaMonte Wade popped out to end the inning.
After his rough patch in the second, Stinnett kept Maryland in the game retiring ten Clemson batters in a row before opening the bottom of the sixth with the pitcher’s worst enemy: the leadoff walk. A failed sacrifice attempt and a double to right put the home team back in front for good. The Tigers added a insurance run before the inning ended and the Terps trailed 3-1 after six.
White reached on a one out infield single to the hole at short in the top of the eighth and stole second. The steal was White’s 39th in 44 attempts and added to his single season Terrapin record. Hagel singled to left with White taking third. Whit scored and Hagel moved to second on a balk but Convissar and Martir were both retired on ground outs.
Maryland put together one last chance in the top of the ninth loading the bases with one out. Singles off the bats of Wade and Anthony Papio sandwiched a strikeout by K. J. Hockaday. Schmit was hit by a pitch but Greg Olenski, in a pinch hitting role, and White both went down on strikes. The Terps can still come away with a much needed series win by taking the night cap. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
On a side note, Jimmy Reed won his second consecutive ACC Pitcher of the Week Award for his Saturday effort at Clemson.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)