Today's game featured Maryland's Jake Drossner (3 - 0, 2.49 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Bowie (0-2, 8.59 ERA). Last year the Terps split two games against GMU. Maryland is quite familiar with Bowie, as the Senior hurler started both of those games for the Patriots. In the first game he hurled 5.1 innings and gave up one run. He didn't fare as well in the second game where he gave up four runs in four innings and took the loss.
Charlie White's bat remains on fire
In the first inning Charlie White continued his hot hitting by smacking a double. After Bowie recorded two outs Kyle Convissar laced a double down the left field line. The Terps were on top 1 - 0.
With one out in the second Nick Cieri singled to center. On a hit and run Tim Lewis lined a single to right, with Cieri taking third. White then hit another double in the right-center field gap which scored Cieri. Brandon Lowe singled and the third Terrapin run came across.
Drossner allowed only an infield hit through the first three innings, continually getting ahead of the GMU batters.
Terps break it open with a five-run fourth inning
White began Maryland's fourth with a lead-off walk. He then stole his 16th base of the year. Lowe lined a hit to center that scored White. Wade hit a bomb that hit off the right-field wall. That ended Bowie's day. Sidewinding RHP Riley Coverdale came in with Maryland runners on second and third, and no outs. Convissar got his second RBI today when he sharply singled to center; Lowe scored and the Terps led 5 - 0. Schmit reached on a fielder's choice that brought home Wade. Jose Cuas doubled down the left field line. Then Papio single to right which put the Terps up 7 - 0. Cieri skied to right for a sac fly. Through four innings the Terps had belted out 12 hits, five of them doubles.
The long top of the inning did not affect Drossner as he gave up a lone single.
Terps don't take their foot off the pedal
White reached base for the fourth straight time with a lead-off walk. He remained perfect in stolen bases, swiping his 17th of the year. Lowe grounded out to first with White taking third. Wade hit a deep fly ball to center: the Terps led 9 - 0.
Jared Price came in to pitch for Maryland in the sixth. Drossner's line: five innings, no runs, two hits, and three strike outs. (Combined with his performance last week, Drossner has allowed only one earned run in his last 11 innings.) Price struck out four batters, as the third strike out occurred on a wild pitch.
In the seventh inning the Terps scored again. Cieri walked. With two outs Lowe slapped an opposite field single for his third hit today. Wade brought Cieri home with a single to right-center. As we went to the seventh inning stretch the Terps were on top 10 - 0.
Price struck out two more Patriot batters in the seventh, giving him six Ks in two innings. Robert Galligan came on to pitch in the bottom of the eighth and did not allow a run.
The Terps tacked on another run in the ninth. Montville doubled off the center field wall. With two outs Krysthian Leal doubled down the right field line.
Jamie Pashuck pitched the final frame for Maryland and finished out the shutout.
Jake Drossner improved to 4 - 0 on the season. With the victory the Terps are 20 - 10 so far in 2014.