March 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland scored five runs in the final two innings, but its comeback fell short as Wake Forest (13-12, 2-6 ACC) held on for a wild 8-7 victory Saturday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
An eight-run eighth inning by the Demon Deacons was the Terps undoing and spoiled a strong effort from Terrapin starter Brady Kirkpatrick. The junior pitched seven-shutout innings with six strikeouts.
The first six innings of Saturday's contest had all of the makings of a pitcher's duel. Kirkpatrick held the Deacons to one hit through three innings. Wake Forest starter Justin Van Grouw was as equally impressive holding the Terps' offense to the same stat line.
Maryland (14-8, 3-5 ACC) broke through in the fourth inning after Kyle Convissar doubled and K.J. Hockaday singled to put runners at second and third. With one out, Martir picked up his ninth RBI of the season as Convissar came home on a fielder's choice.
The Terps tacked on another run in the sixth when LaMonte Wade scored on fielder's choice off of Hockaday's bat.
Kirkpatrick made the lead hold up through seven including working out of a bases loaded jam in the Wake Forest third and a second and third situation in the Demon Deacons' seventh by striking out the final two batters of the inning.
Wake Forest jumped out in front in the eighth. The Deacons scored eight runs on nine hits including six consecutive two-out hits to take a 8-2 lead into the bottom of the inning.
The Terps continued to fight and led off the inning with back-to-back doubles by Wade and Convissar. Convissar would later score on a single by Martir after the ball got past the left fielder.
Trailing 8-4 heading to the ninth, Jack Cleary led off with double down the left-field line and scored two batters later when Charlie White successfully bunted for a single and the throw sailed over the first-baseman's head.
With White at second, Convissar singled through the right-side of the infield to cut the deficit to two. Hockaday then ripped a 2-1 pitch into the left-center field gap scoring Convissar from first. Hockaday advanced to third on a wild pitch and Martir walked to set up runners at the corners with two outs. But the Terps could not get the tying run and the Deacons held on for the victory.
Convissar finished with three hits to pace the Terps. Wade and Hockaday each added two. Convissar and Hockaday each recorded two RBI.
Van Grouw earned the win for Wake to improve to 3-3, while Jared Price took the loss out of the bullpen. Connor Kaden picked up his first save of the season.
Maryland and Wake Forest conclude the series on Sunday at noon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. Tomorrow's start time has been moved up an hour from 1 p.m. due to impending inclement weather.