March 22, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Behind six scoreless innings from senior left hander Jimmy Reed, Maryland scored five runs in the first five innings and held off a late rally by Wake Forest to win game one of the weekend series, 5-4, Friday night at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
Reed kept the Demon Deacons' offense quiet by scattering six hits over six innings and striking out four to earn his team-high fourth win of the season. With six scoreless, Reed lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.96.
The Gaithersburg, Md., native received more than enough support from the Terrapin offense early in the game. The Terps scored a run in the first and third, and posted a three spot in the fourth.
LaMonte Wade, who is hitting a team-best .348 in conference action, got the Terps on the scoreboard in their first at-bat. Batting second, Wade doubled to right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Convissar picked up his 21st RBI of the season after he grounded out to shortstop to bring home the freshman.
In the third, Charlie White led off the inning with nicely placed bunt down the third base line for a base hit. White stole his 19th base of the season a few pitches later putting him in scoring position for K.J. Hockaday. Hockaday dropped a 1-2 pitch down the right-field line for his first triple of the season scoring White from second.
Reed worked his way out of a jam in the Wake Forest fourth. The Demon Deacons loaded the bases following a Maryland error. With the bases jammed, Reed induced a shallow fly ball from Joey Rodriguez for the second out and struck out Evan Stephens swinging to get out of the inning.
Maryland took its 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth and tacked on three more runs. Blake Schmit reached on an error by Wake Forest's right fielder. With Schmit at second, Anthony Papio singled to left field to plate Schmit.
Papio advanced to second on a ground out and scored one batter later when Jose Cuas turned on a 1-2 pitch from Wake Forest starter Matt Pirro and doubled down the left-field line. With runners at the corners, Wade brought Cuas home after grounding out to second.
After Reed exited, Kevin Mooney finished off the inning.
Mooney remained in the game in the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to pick up his second save of the season. Reed improved to 4-1 and Pirro fell to 3-3 for Wake Forest.
Hockaday and White each recorded two hits for the Terps and five different players picked up a RBI.
The Terps and Demon Deacons resume their series tomorrow. Game two is set for 1:30 p.m. at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.