March 31, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Maryland surrendered seven runs in the first two innings Sunday and fell to NC State, 9-4, in the series finale between the two schools at Doak Park at Dail Field.
The Terps (15-12, 4-8 ACC) were undone by nine Wolfpack hits and three errors in the first two frames. NC State (19-10, 5-7 ACC) recorded 18 hits compared to the Terps' 10.
Charlie White each had two hits. Blake Schmit went 2-for-5 including a solo home run, his team-leading second of the year. White added two stolen bases to raise his ACC-best total to 25.
Kyle Convissar and K.J. Hockaday each recorded a hit to extend personal streaks. Convissar has now reached base in 24 consecutive games, while Hockaday has a hit in each of the past nine games. Hockaday's streak is the second longest of the year for the Terps. Schmit had a 10-game hitting streak earlier this season.
Appearing in the third inning, Brandon Casas turned in another solid performance out of the bullpen. Casas pitched four shut-out innings of relief scattering six hits.
Maryland scored in its first at bat for the first time in the series. Charlie White was hit by a 2-2 pitch to lead off and moved to second after LaMonte Wade drew a walk. Convissar advanced White to third and Wade to second with a sacrifice bunt to third. Tim Kiene brought the only run of the Terrapin first home with a sacrifice fly to left field.
In the bottom of the inning, NC State struck for four runs on four hits and was aided by two Maryland errors. Starting with Trea Turner, the Wolfpack recorded three consecutive singles, which scored the first two Wolfpack runs. A sacrifice fly and a double into the left-field corner plated the other two.
In the top of the second, Blake Schmit from second to cut the Terrapin deficit to 4-2. But NC State scored three in the bottom of the inning in support of starter Brad Stone to increase its advantage to 7-2.
Turner had the big blow in the bottom of the fourth to extend NC State's lead to seven. Turner doubled off reliever Bobby Ruse down the right-field line to score two more to increase State's lead to 9-2.
The Terps manufactured a run in the top of fifth. White led off with a single to right field and proceeded to steal second and third. Convissar drove him in for the Terps third run of the afternoon.
Maryland grabbed another run back the following inning. Schmit launched the first pitch he saw from Stone over the fence in left-center field. For the junior, it marked his team-high second home run of the season. The Terps threatened again in the top of the seventh as they loaded the bases with one out, but were unable to push any runs across.
Stone improved to 2-1 for NC State, while Alex Robinson took the loss for the Terps. His record drops to 0-2.
Maryland returns home to face Rider on Wednesday, April 3 at 4 p.m. at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.