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Maryland baseball: Terps rally to beat Georgia Tech 7 - 2

For a while it looked like another Jake Stinnett gem would be for naught. But the Terps scored three runs in the seventh and eight innings to turn a 2 - 1 deficit into a 7 - 2 victory. Lewis has two RBI singles, Cuas hits a three-run homer, and Stinnett throws a complete game.

Tim Lewis had two RBI singles
Tim Lewis had two RBI singles

Tonight's game featured Jake Stinnett (3 - 5, 2.77 ERA) against RHP Josh Heddinger (2 - 1, 4.58 RA).

Spingola puts GA Tech out in front

In the top of the first Daniel Spingola singled to center and went to second on a wild pitch. Mott Hyde walked and the Jackets had two men on. Matt Gonzales hit a slow roller that went for an infield single. Thomas Smith grounded to short and Blake Schmit's only play was at first. But Stinnett fanned A. J. Murray and got Connor Justus to ground out: GA Tech led 1 - 0 but it could have been much worse.  In the second inning GA Tech increased their lead. Keenan Innis was HBP. He went to second on a bunt and came home on a two-out single by Spingola; the Yellow Jackets led 2 - 0.

The Terps got a run back in their half of the second. Schmit singled and stole second. Tim Lewis hit a two-out liner back up the middle that scored Schmit.

Stinnett seemed to have found a groove and held the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the third through sixth innings. Heddinger was also effective, holding the Terps to two hits through six innings.

Terps rally for three in the seventh to take a 4 - 2 lead

Schmit opened the inning with a single. Cuas sacrificed Schmit to second. Once again Lewis came through with a solid single to center that tied the score. Kyle Convissar was HBP.  GA Tech then sent LHP Sam Clay in to pitch. Mike Rescigno pinch hit for Anthony Papio, and he was HBP. White laid down a suicide squeeze that Clay misplayed and the Terps took the lead. Lowe increased the lead with a sacrifice fly to left.

Stinnett started the eight in a strange situation: a two-run lead. Gonzales went down swinging. But Smith legged out an infield hit.  Murray hit a force out at second and Justus struck out. Through eight innings Stinnett had allowed only four hits, two of them being infield singles.

Caus' blast opens up the game

Martir walked to start the bottom of the eighth. Schmit followed with another walk. The runners advanced on a balk. On a 3 - 2 pitch Jose Cuas hit a no doubter, three run homer. The Terps now led 7 - 2.

Stinnett pitched the ninth, getting the final out on a strike out.

Stinnett got the complete game win to move to 4 - 5. He gave up two runs on only five hits, while striking out 10. The Terps are now 23 - 13 overall, 8 - 10 in the ACC.