Because of expected bad weather Saturday's middle game of a three game series between the Maryland Terrapins and Boston College Eagles was rescheduled as part of a Friday doubleheader. And, in the worst scenario imaginable, the Maryland baseball team lost not once but twice to one of the bottom dwellers in the ACC. After taking the opener 5-1, the Eagles completed the twin bill sweep winning the nightcap 7-4.
A rough start
To say that Maryland ace Jake Stinnett wasn't sharp to open the game would be an understatement. His fifth pitch of the game plunked BC leadoff hitter Gabriel Hernandez and Blake Butera lined pitch number six into the gap in left center for a double. Stinnett induced a pop out from Joe Cronin but Chris Shaw went deep with a bases clearing three run homer. However, the home team wasn't quite done. A walk, an infield single, and eventually a wild pitch would bring home another run and the Terps faced a 4-0 hole at the end of the first.
After going quietly in the first three innings, Maryland finally got to Boston College starter John Gorman in the top of the fourth. LaMonte Wade and Nick Cieri drew back to back one out walks. They moved up on Blake Schmit's grounder to first. Jose Cuas struck out swinging on a pitch in the dirt that got by catcher Nick Sciortino. Cuas beat the throw to first and Wade scored but the Terps could take no further advantage of BC's largesse as Kyle Convissar struck out to end the inning.
Within striking distance
Meanwhile, recovering from his rocky start, Stinnett was keeping Boston College at bay and well within striking distance. In the top of the fifth, Maryland again squandered an opportunity to close the gap. Kevin Martir walked to open the inning and Anthony Papio singled up the middle putting runners on first and second with none out. However, after White's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Papio was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Lowe's grounder to first and Wade struck out to kill the threat.
The Eagles added an insurance run in the seventh off Taylor Stiles who had entered the game in relief of Stinnett to start the frame. The Terrapins threat in the fifth proved to be their last hurrah as only put one runner in scoring position in the last four innings while grounding into two double plays.
A rough start - the sequel
Just as they had done in the opener, BC jumped on the Terps in the bottom of the first pounding out five hits including two doubles before Maryland starter Mike Shawaryn retired a single batter. The Eagles scored four times in the inning before Shawaryn settled down to retire the side. Scoring in typical Maryland fashion, the Terps scratched out two runs in the top of the third.
With one out, Brandon Lowe and LaMonte Wade reached base on a hit batter and a walk respectively. They each moved up a base on a wild pitch and Lowe scored Blake Schmit's groundout. Jose Cuas smacked a double to left scoring Wade. After retiring seven straight BC hitters, Shawaryn gave one back in the home half of the inning on Chris Shaw's second round tripper of the day.
Maryland put runners on second and third to open the fourth on a Kevin Martir single and a double by Anthony Papio. After Mike Montville struck out, Martir was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Charlie White's grounder (bunt?) to third.
Back to back one out walks put Maryland in position to close the gap in the top of the sixth. White's bunt single loaded the bases and Lowe followed with a single up the middle on a 1-2 pitch driving home Papio. Montville, who had also walked came around to score on an error by Eagles' centerfielder Nick Collucci. The Terps were unable to take any further advantage as Wade and Schmit both struck out stranding runners on first and second.
With Maryland now trailing 5-4, Bobby Ruse came on to start the sixth in relief of Shawaryn. Like the Terrapins' starter, Ruse allowed the Eagles to recover their lead giving back the two runs the Terps had scored in the top half of the inning. Maryland threatened in the eighth getting back ton back singles from White and Lowe with one out but Wade grounded into a double play to end the inning and kill the threat.
Squandered opportunities - the sequel
In the top of the ninth, Maryland again failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity. Schmit was hit by a pitch to open the inning and Cuas followed with a ground ball through the hole into left. After Nick Cieri lined out to second, Martir singled to right loading the bases. And that's where the threat ended as first Anthony Papio and then Kyle Convissar batting for Montville were retired on routine fly balls leaving three on for the inning and thirteen for the game.