Five-Run Fourth Helps Terps Cruise Past George Mason

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BRADDOCK, Va. Maryland scored eight runs in the first four innings and totaled a season-high 16 hits in an 11-0 victory over George Mason Tuesday afternoon at Spuhler Field.

In all, 10 different Terrapin hitters recorded a hit and five recorded multi-hit games led by Brandon Lowe, who finished 3-for-5 with two RBI. Maryland finished with seven doubles, one shy of its season-high eight, which it set at James Madison (Feb. 25).

Joining Lowe in the offensive onslaught were Kyle Convissar, Anthony Papio, LaMonte Wade and Charlie White, who all finished with two hits. Convissar and Wade each finished with two RBI, while Papio drove in one and White added a RBI with three runs scored.

Not to be outdone, the Maryland (20-10) pitching staff posted its ACC-leading sixth shutout of the season behind five strong innings from starter Jake Drossner. The sophomore lefty improved to 4-0 holding George Mason (17-11) to three hits while striking out three.

Jared Price, Robert Galligan and Jamie Pashuck combined for four scoreless innings of relief. In the sixth, Price recorded four strikeouts in the frame becoming the first Terrapin pitcher to accomplish the feat since March 30, 2010, against VCU (Dan Gentzler).

Maryland jumped out in front in the top of the first behind a pair of doubles from White and Convissar. White rolled into second to the start the game with a shot to right center. After Wade moved White to third, Convissar laced a double down the left field line to put the Terps up 1-0 early.

Four consecutive hits helped the Terps increase their lead to three in their next at-bat. Nick Cieri and Tim Lewis led off the inning with back-to-back singles. With runners at the corners, White found the gap in right center for the second time scoring Lewis. Lowe then put the Terps up 3-0 with a RBI single to left.

In the Maryland fourth, the Terps opened up the game with five runs on five hits in the frame. White once again ignited the Terps’ attack. The junior walked to lead off the inning and promptly stole his 16th base of the season moving himself into scoring position. Lowe followed with a RBI single up the middle and moved to third on a double by Wade. Convissar then drove Lowe home with a single to center.

With two runs already across in the inning, Blake Schmit picked up a RBI on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on a Jose Cuas single. Papio pushed the Terps seventh run home with a single through the right side and Cieri recorded his fourth RBI of the season on a sacrifice fly to give Maryland an eight-run advantage after 3-1/2 innings.

In the fifth, Maryland extended its lead to nine. White worked a walk to start the inning, stole second and moved to third on a ground ball to first. Wade brought White home on a sacrifice fly. The Terps added another run in the seventh on a RBI single by Wade.

Maryland closed the scoring in the ninth on a RBI double from Krysthian Leal after Michael Montville led off the inning with a double to center.

Maryland returns to action Wednesday when the Terps welcome Mt. St. Mary’s to College Park for a 6 p.m. first pitch at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.