April 9, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With Maryland base runners at second and third, a 2-0 wild pitch allowed LaMonte Wade to score to send the Terps past VCU, 6-5, in 11 innings Tuesday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
A sacrifice bunt by Kevin Martir moved Kyle Convissar to second and Wade to third in the 11th. With Andrew Amaro at the plate, VCU (15-15) elected to intentionally walk the sophomore. On the third pitch of the at-bat, the Rams' Hunter Absher sailed a pitch past the catcher and allowing Wade to slide home for the Terps (17-15) second walk-off of the season.
Extra innings were needed Tuesday after Maryland squandered a 5-4 lead in the ninth. The Rams got their leadoff hitter on base and manufactured the run with a sacrifice bunt, single and ground out.
The Terps overcame a two-run deficit early in the ballgame and lead 5-2 after six innings with Anthony Papio driving in a career-best three runs. Papio gave the Terps the lead in the second inning with two-RBI double down the right-field line and added a solo home run, his second of the season, in the sixth.
Papio finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Greg Olenski also chipped in two hits including a double. Convissar and Charlie White each drove in a run in support of Terrapin starting pitcher Alex Robinson.
After giving up a run in each of the first two innings, Robinson settled in and held the Rams scoreless over the next four innings. The freshman pitched six strong innings giving up three earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and departed in the seventh inning leading 5-2, but took a no-decision.
The Rams came out of the gates attacking in the first inning. VCU's first three hitters reached base on a total of four pitches. With the bases loaded, Robinson induced a 6-3 double play allowing the runner to score from third. Robinson then got Vim Machin to pop out in foul territory to limit the damage.
In the second, Taylor Buran reached on bunt single to start the inning and eventually scored on a chopper that bounced over Robinson's head with two outs in the inning.
The Terps took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Papio doubled home Greg Olenski and Blake Schmit to tie the game. Olenski reached based on a double and moved to third on a Schmit single. White gave the Terps the lead with a two-out RBI single scoring Papio from second.
White manufactured a run in the fifth. The sophomore reached base after being hit by a pitch and promptly stole second and third. Convissar then doubled to right field to bring White home. White now has 30 stolen bases on the season, which leads the ACC.
White's 30 stolen bases is the third-highest total in a single season in school history. He is two stolen bases shy of passing Howie Dare (31) for second all-time and needs four to pass Larry Long (33) for the most all-time.
Papio increased Maryland's lead to three in the sixth. Leading off the inning, Papio took a 1-1 offering and sent it over the right-field fence for his second home run of the season.
VCU chipped into the lead with two runs in the seventh and tied the game in the ninth with run off of Brandon Casas.
Despite allowing the tying run, Casas pitched well in extra innings allowing only one hit in the two innings to get the win. Casas improved to 2-0. Absher suffered his first loss of the season for VCU.
Maryland heads to Fairfax, Va., Wednesday to take on George Mason. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.