March 1, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Behind a career-high 10 strikeouts from Jimmy Reed and a two-run home run from Jordan Hagel, Maryland (6-3) extended its winning streak to six games with 6-0 victory over Princeton Friday at Bob"Turtle" Smith Stadium. It is the Terps' second shutout of the season and second in four games.
Reed held the Tigers' bats to four hits over six innings while striking out 10 including seven swinging. In the top of the second, Reed struck out all three batters. The senior lefty improved to 2-1 this season and lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.50. In three starts, Reed has struck out 21 batters in 18 innings pitched.
Offensively, five different Terps recorded a hit none bigger than Hagel's two-run home run in the fifth inning. Hagel provided Reed and the Terps some breathing room with his first home run of the season and fourth of his career. After Charlie White worked a walk, Hagel hit a 2-0 pitch over the left-center field wall to put the Terps up 3-0.
Maryland added to its lead in its next at bat. LaMonte Wade led off the sixth with his fourth double of the season, which is tied for the most on the club. After Kevin Martir walked, both runners advanced on a wild pitch putting runners in scoring position for Blake Schmit.
Schmit made the most of the opportunity dropping a single into right-center field to score both Wade and Martir. For Schmit, it was his third and fourth RBI of the season and put the Terps up 5-0. It also extended Schmit's hitting streak to eight games.
Maryland tacked on another run in the seventh inning. Charlie White reached base on an error by Princeton second baseman Danny Hoy. White proceeded to add to his ACC-best steal total by taking second, his 12th steal of the season. Two batters later, Kyle Convissar picked up his fifth RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field scoring White.
Brandon Casas made the lead hold up with another strong outing out of the bullpen. Casas pitched the final three innings to earn his first career save. The freshman surrendered only one hit and struck out two Tigers in the last three frames.
The Terps started their scoring in the third inning after Princeton starter Zak Hermans, who was charged with the loss, walked the first four batters of the inning. But Hermans worked his way out of the bases loaded jam by striking out the next two batters and inducing Convissar into a groundout to third base to end the threat.
Maryland and Princeton (0-1) continue the weekend series Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.