April 20, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland and Virginia Tech combined for 30 runs on 48 hits in two games on Saturday at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium with the Terps winning game one, 10-9, in dramatic fashion and losing game two to the Hokies, 11-0.
Anthony Papio proved to be clutch for the Terps in the first game of the day. The redshirt freshman hit a game-tying two-run home run in the seventh and won the game for the Terps in the ninth with a two-RBI single. Papio finished with a career-high four RBI on three hits.
Papio wasn't the only Terp to tally multiple hits in the first game. LaMonte Wade also had three knocks, while Kevin Martir and Charlie White each added two. Martir and Wade each drove in two runs as well.
Maryland (21-19, 6-14 ACC) trailed 8-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but Papio changed that with one swing. With two outs and Kyle Convissar standing at second, Papio took the first pitch he saw from Tech reliever Jake Joyce and sent it over the right-field wall for his team-high third home run of the season.
The Hokies (23-17, 8-12 ACC) regained a one-run lead in the top of the eighth to set up a dramatic bottom of the ninth. With Virginia Tech closer Clark Labitan on the mound, Andrew Amaro walked on four pitches to lead off the inning followed by a Wade single.
On the next at-bat, Martir dropped down a sacrifice bunt just to the left of the pitcher's mound. Labitan elected to throw to third to get Amaro, but his throw was high and wide, and pulled the third baseman off the bag causing all three base runners to be safe.
After taking the first pitch for a ball, Papio singled through the right side of the drawn-in infield scoring Amaro and Wade for Maryland's third walk-off win of the season.
Maryland and Virginia Tech took turns trading blows to start off game one with the Terps striking first. Maryland scored six runs in the first three innings including three in its first at-bat. Six of the first seven Terrapin hitters reached base to start the game.
Wade doubled down the left-field line to score Charlie White for the Terps' opening run. Martir followed with a single up the middle to score Jordan Hagel and Wade. In the second inning, White scored his second run of the game on an errant throw by Tech starter Brad Markey that sailed into left field, and Wade recorded his second RBI with a ground out to first later in the inning.
After Virginia Tech scored twice in the top of the third to trim Maryland's lead to 5-2, the Terps tacked on another run in the bottom of the inning. Blake Schmit executed the safety squeeze to score Jack Cleary, who was running on the pitch.
The Hokies took the lead with a five-run sixth inning. Chad Pinder delivered the go-ahead hit with the bases loaded and two outs. Pinder cleared the bases with a three-RBI double off the top of the right-field wall just missing a grand slam. Virginia Tech added another run in the seventh to take an 8-6 lead.
Kevin Mooney earned the win relief to improve to 3-1. Labitan suffered the loss and fell to 0-4.
In the second game of the day, the Hokies scored seven runs in the first four innings and cruised to an 11-0 victory over the Terps. Tech starter Joe Mantiply held Maryland scoreless on three hits over seven innings with six strikeouts.
White finished 1-for-3 in game two. With his two hits in game one, White extended his hitting streak to 11 games surpassing Blake Schmit (10) for the longest of the season. White has also reached base in 23 straight games, which is the second-longest active streak on the squad behind Wade, who has reached base in 24 straight.
Mantiply is now 3-0 this season after earning the win, while Brady Kirkpatrick took the loss and dropped to 3-6.
Maryland and Virginia Tech conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.