March 24, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After giving up eight runs in the eighth inning on Saturday, Maryland fell victim to the big inning again on Sunday as Wake Forest scored seven runs in the second to defeat the Terps, 7-4, in the series finale at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
Seven runs was more than enough for Wake Forest (14-12, 3-6 ACC) starter Austin Stadler, who improved to 4-2. Stadler held the Terps scoreless over six innings allowing four hits while striking out four.
Maryland (14-9, 3-6 ACC) received a strong outing from Brandon Casas out of the bullpen after starter Jake Stinnett departed after pitching a 1-2/3. Casas kept the Terps in the game by going 5-1/3 innings with four strikeouts and surrendering one run.
The Demon Deacons did all of their damage in the second inning. After recording two strikeouts in the first and retiring the Deacons in order, Stinnett got into trouble in the second. A single and two walks loaded the bases for Andrew Williams, who delivered with a two-RBI single. A fielder's choice brought home the third run and the Terps turned to the bullpen with Casas.
Wake Forest would score four more runs, one on a bases loaded walk and two on singles, before Casas closed out the inning and settled in for five scoreless.
After Stadler left the game in the seventh, the Terrapin offense was able to string together a sustained effort in the eighth. Three of the first four batters of the inning walked to load them up for Convissar, who subsequently walked on four straight pitches to force home the Terps' first run of the game.
Charlie White and LaMonte Wade. Kevin Martir took a 2-1 pitch to right field for a single to load the bases back up and chase Wake Forest reliever Mark McCoy from the game.
Connor Kaden came in from the bullpen and allowed a run on a fielder's choice, but closed the door on the eighth and retired the Terps in order in the ninth for his second save in as many days. For Maryland, Stinnett's record dropped to 1-3.
Kyle Convissar finished 1-for-3 to extend his streak of reaching base to 20 games. Hockaday had two RBI. In the last 10 games, Hockaday has a .378 average, is slugging .541 and has a .489 OBP. All three averages are team highs during that span.
Maryland closes out its current homestand on Tuesday at 4 p.m. against George Mason.