It’s time for the nightcap recap and, I believe, the end of the Terrapins hope for post season play despite a valiant effort to climb out of an early and middle inning abyss.
After the Terps went three up and three down in the top of the first, starter Alex Robinson got off to a good then rough start. After retiring the first two batters, Robinson gave up a series of hits and walks putting Maryland in a 4-0 first inning hole. The beginning of Clemson’s second inning had me looking for the Zantac as Robinson hit the lead off batter and gave up two singles to lad the bases but he escaped on a pitcher to catcher to first double play and a ground out to keep the deficit at four. The Terps looked to get at least one back in the third. Blake Schmit lined a one out double down the left field line. After Jose Cuas ground out to third, Charlie White singled to left but Schmit held at third and Jordan Hagel ground out to end the inning.
The Terrapin infection continued in the Maryland fourth. The infection is something I call LOBitis. A one out Kevin Martir single preceded a LaMonte Wade fly out but Jack Cleary reached on an error and Anthony Papio walked. With two outs and a chance to pull the Terps back in the game, Schmit ground out to first (LOB 5). The Maryland fifth was notable only because Charlie White broke too early for second and was caught stealing for only the sixth time in forty-five tries this season. Maryland’s hole got three runs deeper in the bottom of the inning as the Tigers found a way to solve Robinson who had held them at bay after his difficult first. He gave up one run and left a one out bases loaded situation for reliever Brandon Casas. Casas got out of the inning but not before allowing two of the inherited runners to score. Casas yielded another run in the sixth before the Terrapins offense finally broke through in the top of the seventh.
Clemson went to their bullpen and forgot how to field and the Terps took advantage. Cleary led off with a walk, Papio reached on an error, and Schmit
laid down a perfect bunt to laced a liner off the pitcher's forearm that trickled into foul territory to load the bases with no one out (thanks to El Goodd Terps13 for the correction). Cuas singled to right to put the Terps on the board. Charlie White smashed a grounder to third that rolled into left filed and drove in two more. Not satisfied with being unable to handle White’s shot, Clemson’s third baseman tossed Hagel’s grounder into right field allowing White to score and Hagel to take third. He scored on Convissar’s sac fly to left. The five run outburst made the game seem within reach. Clemson got to Kevin Mooney for one more in the eighth and the Terps went down by a final of 9-5.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)