Today the No. 14 Terps traveled to North Carolina for a two-game set against the Elon Phoenix. The Terps sent out freshman RHP Brian Shaeffer (1-0, 7.20 era) to face Elon's senior RHP Lukas Bakker (2-3, 9.00 era)..
Kevin Mooney was available today, if needed.
In the top of the second the Terps scored a run. On a 0-2 count, Tim Lewis was HBP. Nick Cieri followed with a double to right that scored Lewis.
Elon goes yard to build a lead
But Elon responded in the bottom of the inning. The leadoff hitter, Chris King sent a shot over the left center field fence to tie the score. Ryan King was HBP. One out later Joe Venuto cranked one out for a 3-1 Elon lead.
With one out in the third, Quinn Bower was HBP, and Casey Jones hit a double off the fence in left. After King was intentionally walked, Ryan Selmer came in to try to quell the Elon rally. Unfortunately, Ryan Cooper got an infield single to put the Phoenix ahead 4-1. Nick Zammarelli's sac fly gave Elon another run. So, as has happened a number of times this year, the Terps found themselves in a big hole early in the game.
Terps rally to tie the score
Kevin Biondic drew a walk and went to second on a passed ball. He scored one out later when Brandon Lowe doubled. Kevin Martir had an RBI single, which drew the Terps to within two runs.
Selmer was continuing to hurl scoreless innings, keeping the Terps in the game. At this point he's thrown 3 2/3rd innings with two hits and no runs.
Terps pounce on Elon relievers to break open the game
Lowe started the top of the seventh with an opposite field home run. One out later Martir homered to tie the score. In the bottom of the inning Selmer retired the side in order. The final line for Selmer: 4.2 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 1 k.
In the top of the eighth Cieri hit a looping single. Zach Jancarski came in as a pinch runner. Papio singled to put men on first and second, no outs. A passed ball moved both runners up a base. Biondic struck out, but the pitch got by the catcher to bring Cieri home. A wild pitch sent Biondic to second, and Kawahara's single made it 8-5 Terps. Lowe singled for his third hit of the day. Smith sacrificed the runners to second and third. Jose Cuas doubled down the left field line to make it 10-5. Tim Lewis doubled and the score was now 11-5.
Alex Robinson pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.
The Terps added more runs in the top of the ninth. Papio single d and scored on a Kevin Biondic double. Lowe's fourth hit of the day made it 13-5. Kevin Smith's sac fly pushed the lead to 14-5. Martir doubled and the Terps led by 10 runs.
Kevin Mooney came in to pitch the ninth inning. Although it's been weeks since he last pitched, Mooney showed no signs of rustiness, retiring the side in order.
Ryan Selmer got the win to go 2-0. The Terps won their sixth straight game and sit at 13-4 overall.