Eight-Run Sixth Powers Terps Past JMU, 10-7

March 19, 2013

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After mustering just one run and five hits through the first five innings, Maryland exploded for eight runs on seven hits in the home half of the sixth to power past James Madison, 10-7, Tuesday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.

Dukes' starter Michael Church and Aaron Hoover combined to keep the Terrapin offense at bay through the opening five frames, but in the sixth Maryland's bats woke up. Of the Terps seven hits, five went for extra bases including two triples, one by Kyle Convissar to lead off the inning and one by Charlie White.

The Terps' sixth began with Convissar's first career triple. The diving fly ball dropped just in front of JMU's centerfielder and rolled to the wall and ignited the rally. Hockaday walked and Kevin Martir singled to bring Convissar home.

With Hockaday at third, Blake Schmit doubled over the right fielder's head advancing Martir to third. Jack Cleary delivered the tying run as the senior catcher doubled down the right field line scoring Martir and Schmit to knot the game at 5-5.

After Andrew Amaro beat out an infield single, White put the Terps in front for good when he slapped 1-1 pitch down the right field line and into the corner to clear the bases. White later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Convissar. K.J. Hockaday finished the scoring in the sixth with a RBI double plating LaMonte Wade.

James Madison scored twice in the seventh to trim the Maryland lead to two at 9-7, but the Terps' bullpen closed the door behind three innings combined from Bobby Ruse and Wade to seal the win. Wade earned his first career save with two perfect innings of relief.

Maryland tacked on the final run of the game in the bottom of seventh. Schmit scored from second after JMU's first baseman dropped what would have been the first out of the inning and the ball rolled away from the bag.

The Dukes controlled the early innings of the game. JMU scored first in the top of the second and led 1-0. But Anthony Papio responded for Maryland in the bottom of the inning by hitting his first career home run, a blast that cleared the right-center field fence off of JMU's Church.

James Madison scored three in the fifth and one in the sixth to lead 5-1 before Maryland scored eight in the bottom of the inning.

Terrapin starter Alex Robinson went four innings allowing one run on four hits, while striking out four. Jake Drossner got his first career win in relief of Robinson. James Madison's Chris Huffman was charged with the loss.

Of Maryland's 14 hits in the game, seven were for extra bases. Four Terps had multi-hit games led by Schmit's three. Hockaday, Wade and White each recorded two hits. Cleary and White each had two RBI.

Maryland resumes its ACC schedule this weekend when Wake Forest visits College Park for three-game series beginning Friday. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.