May 1, 2013
LYNCHBURG, Va. - For the second straight game, Maryland received timely two-out hitting and solid starting pitching to lead the Terps to a 4-2 victory over Liberty on Wednesday at Liberty Stadium.
A day after the Terps (27-21) recorded seven two-out RBI in their win over Towson, Maryland drove in three of its four runs with two outs. LaMonte Wade and Kevin Martir starred in the role on Wednesday driving in two-out runs in the fifth and ninth, respectively.
On the mound, freshman lefthander Jake Drossner turned in one of the best performances of his young career. Drossner scattered eight hits over six innings, while giving up only one earned run and striking out three to earn his second win. It is Drossner's second quality start in his last three outings.
Three Terrapin relievers combined to shut out the Flames over the final three innings. Kevin Mooney closed the door in the ninth for his eighth save of the season moving him into a tie for the second most in a single season in program history (Brett Cecil, 2007; Jimmy Reed, 2012).
Liberty (26-21) scored in the bottom of the first and added another run in the third. In the opening frame, Danny Grauer hit a dribbler to Wade at first. Grauer eluded the tag and Ashton Perritt came around from second to score the opening run.
In the third, Perritt scored again after reaching on an error. Trey Wimmer singled to left to put the Flames up 2-0.
The Terps broke through in the fifth and tied the game at two. With one out, Jose Cuas singled to left and advanced to third on a double down the left-field line by Hagel. Wade picked up his 34th RBI of the season with a looping single to left. Hagel also came around to score after the left fielder mishandled the ball.
Maryland put the go-ahead run across in the sixth. Anthony Papio walked to start the inning and Hockaday followed with a single to left. After Blake Schmit hit a chopper to second. The second baseman wanted to go home to prevent the run, but missed the ball allowing Papio to score.
The Terps tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. Hagel reached after being hit by a pitch and moved to second on a Wade groundout. On a 2-0 pitch, Martir doubled down the left-field line plating Hagel.
Maryland travels to Clemson for its final ACC road series of the season beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.