Terps Comeback Falls Short Against BC

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. Maryland cut an early four-run deficit to one in the seventh, but could not come up with the decisive hit late as Boston College swept a doubleheader against the Terps Friday afternoon winning game two 7-4 at Shea Field.

Trailing by three runs in the sixth, Brandon Lowe singled home two runs to cut the deficit to one leaving Terrapin runners at first and second and in a position to tie the game. But the next two Maryland batters went down on strikes ending the threat.

In the ninth, the Terps loaded the bases with one out, but two hard-hit balls by Anthony Papio and Kyle Convissar fell directly to Boston College fielders. In all, the Terps (25-17, 9-13 ACC) stranded 14 runners.

For the second straight game, the Terps found themselves in a first-inning deficit after the Eagles scored four runs in the first. The first five BC batters recorded a hit capped by Matt Strem’s two-RBI double to center to put the Eagles in front. Shawaryn then got John Hennessy to ground out and struck out Johnny Adams and Stephen Sauter to strand a runner at third.

The Terps cut the deficit to two in the third with RBI from Blake Schmit and Jose Cuas. With Lowe at third and LaMonte Wade at second, Schmit grounded out to short but was able to score Lowe. Cuas then stepped in and doubled off the wall in left to bring Wade home.

The Eagles (16-27, 7-16 ACC) answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. Chris Shaw hit his second solo home run in as many games to put BC up three.

Maryland cut the lead to one in the sixth courtesy of Lowe. Papio and Montville each started the inning with a walk. The Terps loaded the bases on a bunt single by Charlie White to bring Lowe to the plate.

Lowe hit a 1-2 pitch up the middle to score Papio and when BC centerfielder Nick Colucci mishandled the ball Montville raced home as well.

But once again the Eagles had answer for the Terps. In the bottom of the inning, Gabriel Hernandez singled home a run and another scored on a fielding error to put BC back up by three.

BC starter Andrew Chin improved to 4-2 after going five innings and allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Mike Shawaryn took the loss for the Terps. Shawaryn struck out eight in five innings. John Nicklas earned his third save of the year.

Maryland and Boston College play the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. from Shea Field. The Eagles won the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, 5-1.