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Maryland baseball:Tar Heels flex their muscle with 3 HRs to beat the Terps 7 - 0

The Tar Heels hit Jake Stinnett hard. Meanwhile the Terps had multiple opportunities but couldn't get the clutch hit, leaving the bases full in the sixth, seventh, and eight innings.

Stinnett started game one
Stinnett started game one

Tar Heels hit Stinnett hard, go yard twice

Joe Dudek started off the Tar Heels third inning by lining a frozen rope that just cleared the right field fence for a home run. Tom Zengel followed that with a home run to left center. Lassiter hit a single to center.Myers sent Charlie White to the warning track for the first out.Russell doubled down the left field line, scoring Lassiter, and the Tar Heels led 3 - 0. Bolt struck out, however Russell swiped third base. Ramirez bounced one down the first base line that Stinnett fielded but hit the runner with the ball. That brought home Russell with the fourth UNC run of the inning. After Stinnett fanned a batter he walked Korey Dunbar. Jordan grounded back to Stinnett to end the inning.

Meanwhile the Tar Heels' Thornton threw five scoreless innings. He allowed base runners in the first three frames but the Terps couldn't break through. Stinnett with the exception of the third inning looked sharp.

Zengel hits second home run to put the Tar Heels on top 5 - 0

With two outs in the top of the sixth Zengel hit his second drive over the right field fence. That was the third home run off Stinnett, who went all of last year without giving up any.

Convissar began the Terps' sixth getting hit for the second straight at-bat. Rescigno struck out Cieri grounded hard into the hole at short and had an infield single. Martir singled through the right side, loading the bases. Schmit struck out on an off-speed pitch, as did Papio, and the Terps' best threat so far fizzled out.

Brandon Casas came in to pitch for the Terps to begin the seventh. Stinnett's night was done: 6 innings, 7 hits, 1 walk, 5 runs, and 6 strike outs.  Myers beat out an infield single off of Casas.. Russell chopped one down third that just glanced off of Rescigno's glove; runners were on the corners with no outs. Russell was picked off but Wade's throw to second was high. Bolt popped out. Ramirez hit a shallow fly to left, and Convissar's throw just missed getting Myers at the plate. At the seventh inning stretch UNC was up 6 - 0.

Terps just can't get the crucial hit

Leal lined a single to right. White tried to bunt his way on, but Thornton made a nice play to get the speedy Terp. Wade walked. Convissar shot one to left that Jordan dropped, which loaded the bases. Rescigno struck out swinging then Cieri popped out. For the second straight inning the Terps had a chance to slim the Tar Heels' lead. Both times Thornton was able to escape unscathed.

Jamie Pashuck started the eight for the Terps. He walked the first two hitters, which brought Ruse in to pitch. A bunt advanced the runners, and Myers hit a sacrifice fly to right. Russell flied out to end the top of the eight inning: UNC had a seven run lead.

Reilly Hovis took over for Thornton in the Terrapin's half of the eight. Thornton's line: 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 HBP, 8 strike outs, and no runs allowed. Hovis got two quirk outs. Then Andrew Amaro delivered a single up the middle and Leal walked. White also walked, loading the bases for the third straight inning. Wade struck out; and the Terps had stranded 14 runners through eight..

No runs in the ninth and the Tar Heels won 7 - 0. Trent Thornton moved to 5 - 0 and Jake Stinnett fell to 2 - 3.