April 21, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Despite a second consecutive quality start from Jake Stinnett, Maryland's offense couldn't muster the run support and lost the series finale to Virginia Tech, 3-2, Sunday at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
The Terps (21-20, 6-15 ACC) finished with five hits and two runs against Tech starter Devin Burke. Burke went the distance for the complete-game victory. Maryland scored twice against Burke in the fifth inning, but left runners on second and third in the second, and left the bases loaded in the fourth.
Stinnett turned in another solid performance for the Terps, his third quality start in his last four appearances. The junior gave up three runs on nine hits over seven innings with six strikeouts. In his last four starts, Stinnett has an ERA of 2.08.
All of Maryland's offense came in the fifth in the form of back-to-back triples. Blake Schmit laced 1-1 pitch down the right-field line to start the inning. Tech right fielder Gary Schneider attempted a diving grab, but did not corral the ball allowing it to roll to the wall. Schmit raced around the bases and stretched the hit into a triple.
Two pitches later, Charlie White ripped the ball down the right-field line for his second triple of the season cutting the Maryland deficit to 2-1. Jordan Hagel hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring White home and tie the game at two. With the hit, White extended his hitting streak to a team-best 12 games.
The Hokies (24-17, 9-12 ACC) scored once in the fourth, fifth and seventh. A two-out wild pitch by Stinnett proved to be costly in the fourth as it moved Mark Zagunis into scoring position allowing Andrew Rash to double him home. In the fifth, a two-out double from Sean Keselica scored Alex Perez from first.
After Maryland tied the game in the fifth, Tech scored the winning run in the seventh on another two-out hit. Chad Pinder singled past the diving Jose Cuas at second to score Perez.
Stinnett's record fell to 4-4, while Burke improved to 6-3. Schmit was the only Terp to tally more than one hit. Schmit finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Maryland is back in action on Tuesday, when it plays host to Liberty at 4 p.m. at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.