April 3, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jake Stinnett struck out a career-high eight batters while facing only four batters over the minimum to lead Maryland (16-12) to a 6-3 win over Rider Wednesday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
After allowing two runs on two hits in the first inning, Stinnett retired nine consecutive Rider (13-12) hitters and allowed only two hits over his next six innings. The junior righty allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings of work.
Charlie White provided the decisive blow for the Terps in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Blake Schmit broke a 2-2 tie with a RBI single, White took a two-out 2-2 pitch from Broncs' reliever David Hafer and shot it to right field to score K.J. Hockaday from third and Schmit from second.
White finished the afternoon with two singles, two RBI and a run scored along with two stolen bases to increase his ACC-best total to 27. Schmit also finished with two hits in the win. The junior shortstop also scored twice, drove in one run, and stole his fifth base of the season.
For the fourth consecutive game, the opposition scored in the first inning as the Broncs scored two. But Maryland got one back in the bottom of the inning after a single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk loaded the bases for Kevin Martir. The freshman got Wade home by grounding a ball to second to pull the Terps within one.
In the third, White reached on a single up the middle and advanced to third with two steals. Kyle Convissar's sacrifice fly to right field tied the game at two and raised the junior's season RBI total to 27, which leads the club.
The Terps chased Rider starter Jerry Mulderig from the game in the fourth inning after the first three batters reached to start the inning and Schmit tied the game with a single. Maryland scored twice more during the frame and led 5-3 after four innings.
Maryland tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Jose Cuas grounded out to shortstop. Schmit, running on contact, forced Rider to take the out and surrender the run.
Kevin Mooney was called on in the ninth with two outs after the Broncs loaded the bases and scored a run. After issuing a walk, Mooney struck out Brian Donnelly swinging to end the game and recorded his fourth save of the year.
Stinnett improved to 2-3 earning his first win as a starter in three tries. Mulderig was charged with the loss and dropped to 2-2.
Maryland travels to top-ranked North Carolina on Friday to begin a weekend series with the Tar Heels. Game one is scheduled for 7 p.m.