March 26, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Two Maryland fielding errors led to three unearned runs as the Terps fell to George Mason, 3-2, Tuesday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
The defensive miscues spoiled a solid start from Alex Robinson. The freshman left hander scattered five hits over six innings, while striking out six and allowing no earned runs to record his second quality start of the season.
Offensively, the Terps (14-10, 3-6 ACC) were held in check for most of the afternoon by Mason (12-12, 4-5 CAA) starter Michael Bowie. Maryland registered seven hits over 5-1/3 innings against Bowie, but couldn't string together enough consecutive hits to break through.
Making his season debut, Tim Kiene finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI. Charlie White and Kevin Martir each added a hit. Kyle Convissar recorded a hit and a RBI, and extended his streak of successfully reaching base to 21 games.
The game was knotted at one heading into the ninth inning as Kevin Mooney entered from the bullpen. With runners at first and second and one out, Mooney induced a fly ball to right field that was hauled in by Anthony Papio. The Patriots' next batter, Tommy Vitaletti, hit a tailing fly ball down the right-field line that Papio was unable to corral scoring both runners to give the Patriots a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Convissar nearly tied the game when he smacked a 3-2 pitch down the right-field line that hit the top of the wall, a few feet short of a game-tying home run. The junior settled for a RBI double scoring Charlie White from first.
But the Maryland rally ended with the next batter as K.J. Hockaday popped up to second to end the game.
Mason got on the board in the fifth inning when Vitaletti singled through the left side of the infield and the ball sneaked past left fielder Andrew Amaro. The error scored a runner from first.
Maryland tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a perfectly executed hit-and-run. With Hockaday breaking for second, Mason's shortstop went to cover the bag. Kiene drove a 1-1 pitch to the vacated spot for a RBI double.
The Patriots' Mark Maksimow earned his second win of the season and Sean Cabrera picked up his second save. Mooney suffered a tough-luck loss.
Maryland hits the road this weekend and travels to Raleigh, N.C., to take on NC State. The Terps and Wolfpack open the three-game series Friday at 6:30 p.m.