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Maryland baseball: No. 16 Terps blank Princeton 5-0

Although the Terps managed only five singles, they made them count. Meanwhile, Willie Rios, Ryan Selmer, and Alex Robinson combined to blank Princeton. It was Rios' first collegiate win.

Jose Cuas has started swinging a hot bat
Jose Cuas has started swinging a hot bat

Today's game was moved from Shipley Field to Harford Community College for a 7 p.m. start time. Due to a heavy fog, the game was postponed and rescheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. in the friendly confines of Shipley Field once again. Princeton started sophomore LHP Keelan Smithers (1-1, 7.71 era). The Terps had Willie Rios (0-0, 4.26 era) making his second collegiate start. Last Saturday against UNC-Wilmington, Rios threw well but was the victim of some unsteady fielding behind him. Also of note is that Jamal Wade, LaMonte's younger brother, got his first collegiate start today, in left field. Anthony Papio shifted over to center field, and Tim Lewis manned right field.

Terps string together hits to jump out to 3-0 lead

In the bottom of the first inning, Brandon Lowe hit a chopper that the second baseman bobbled for an error. Kevin Smith hit a similar grounder that this time was fielded cleanly, with the only play being at first base. The Terps got on the board when Kevin Martir grounded up the middle for an RBI single. That was followed by a line single to left by Jose Cuas. Tim Lewis had Maryland's third consecutive single to make the score 2-0. A ground out by Nick Cieri brought home Cuas.

A pitching duel emerges

Willie Rios was throwing bullets. Through the first four innings he allowed only two hits, consistently getting Tigers to hit grounders. Meanwhile Smithers had settled down, throwing three straight scoreless innings.

Trouble brewed in the fifth. Princeton got two runners aboard via a walk and a swinging bunt single. However, Rios registered his fourth strikeout to hold the Tigers scoreless. But the Terps went scoreless in the bottom of the inning, holding on to a 3-0 lead.

Danny Hoy led off the Princeton sixth with a fly to right that the wind played havoc with: the result was a double. Rios got the next three hitters, two on grounders to Cuas and another down swinging.

Ryan Selmer took the mound for the Terps to start the seventh. Rios' line: 6ip, 4h, 0r, 1bb, 5so. The big right-hander retired the side in order. Smithers, who was still on the mound for the Tigers, did likewise in the bottom of the inning. Selmer threw a scoreless eighth to keep the score at 3-0.

Terps steal insurance runs

In the bottom of the eighth Smith walked. The freshman stole second, then third. He was brought home on an RBI single to right by Martir. Cuas walked after Martir had been caught stealing. Next Cuas stole second. On an attempted pick-off attempt, the Princeton pitcher threw wildly, and Cuas came around to make the score 5-0.

Alex Robinson pitched the ninth. He retired the side in order.

Willie Rios got his first collegiate win to go 1-0. Overall the Terps moved to 11-4.

Injury update: LaMonte Wade will be out for close to a month. Andrew Bechtold's injured thumb will sideline him for the rest of the season. Kevin Mooney is a probable for this week's games against Elon.