Maryland baseball: Terps sink Midshipmen 11 - 4

The Terps' bats came alive today as Maryland pounded out 13 hits. Cuas had a home run and a double for four RBIs. Nick Cieri collected three hits.

Navy started one of their weekend starters, RHP Stephen Moore (2 - 4, 2.57 ERA) as it was his day to get some work in. He was slated to go a couple of innings. Zach Morris (0 - 0, 2.03 ERA) was on the hill for the Terps.

Navy strikes first

Navy punched one across in the second. David Norman singled, and an out later Brandon Beans walked. Brad Borosak hit a grounder to first that LaMonte Wade fielded. Instead of getting the out at first out he tried to gun down the runner going to second.  Unfortunately his throw was high and the bases were loaded. Leland Saile walked to push across the run. Morris got the next batter to ground back to him, and the following batter grounded to Lowe.

RHP Kyle Condry came on for Navy in the third. As with Moore the Terps bats couldn't make any noise. Through three innings they had one hit.

Terps grab the lead in the fourth on small and long balls

Wade started the Terps half of the fourth with a beautifully placed bunt single. Cieri followed with his second hit of the day, putting runners on the corner. A passed ball brought Wade home and sent Cieri to second. Convissar sacrificed Cieri to third. Blake Schmit laid down a safety squeeze that the Navy first baseman misplayed. Just like that the Terps were on top 2 - 1. But the Terps weren't done. Jose Cuas smashed his fourth home run of the season, and the Terps led by three.

In the top of the fifth Navy put runners on the corner with one out via an infield single and a seeing-eye grounder to right. Norman singled in a run to make it 4 - 2.

Brandon Casas came in to pitch for the Terps in the sixth. He retired Navy in order. The Terps missed an opportunity to blow the game open in the bottom of the inning. Convissar and Cuas walked. One out later a balk put runners on second and third. Kevin Martir struck out. Tm Lewis hit a hard smash that the second baseman was able to knock down and just nip Lewis.

Terps bust the game open with another big inning

Casas retired the side once again and Maryland clung to a 4 - 2 lead at the seventh inning stretch. With one out in the bottom of the seventh White hit an infield single. Wade was HBP. The two Terps then executed a double steal, and White came home as the throw sailed into left field. Wade was subsequently picked off second. Nick Cieri lined a shot off of the Navy pitcher for his third hit of the day. After Convissar walked, Schmit lined an RBI double. Cuas hit a rope to left center and two more Terrapin runners scored. Martir crushed a double that scored Cuas for the fifth Terrapin run of the inning. Maryland led 9 - 2.

Navy got two more runs in the eighth. Norman hit his third single of the game. After a walk and a ground out, Saile hit a bases-clearing double. The Terps returned the favor in the bottom of the inning. Krysthian Leal was HBP and White walked. Leal was picked off second, then Wade walked. After Andrew Amaro hit into a force at second, Anthony Papio hit an RBI single to center. Schmit brought home the eleventh Maryland run with an RBI single.

Jamie Pashuck pitched a scoreless ninth.

Zach Morris got the win to go 1 - 0. The  Terps improved to 22 - 13 on the season.

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