COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Anthony Papio’s sixth-inning home run broke a 2-2 tie and the Terrapin bullpen made the lead hold up as Maryland completed a three-game sweep of Notre Dame with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
Prior to first pitch, the Terps (28-19, 12-14 ACC) honored its seven departing seniors: Ben Brewster, Kyle Convissar, Brady Kirkpatrick, Michael Montville, Jamie Pashuck, Blake Schmit and Jake Stinnett. Papio’s second home run of the season and RBI from Schmit and LaMonte Wade sent them out with a victory.
"Our seniors know how we feel about them,” said head coach John Szefc. “I explained to our team that we have seven guys who have worked their tails off, so go out there and play as hard as you can. We wanted to try and send those guys out well on the weekend here."
Maryland starter Jake Drossner exited after five strong innings with the game tied at two and turned it over to the Terrapin bullpen. Bobby Ruse and Pashuck combined to pitch 2-1/3 innings of scoreless baseball and did not allow a hit, while Kevin Mooney entered in the eighth and recorded the final five outs for his eighth save of the season.
The Terps trailed 2-0 heading into the home half of the fifth, but managed to tie the game on a RBI double from Wade and a two-out RBI single from Schmit. In the sixth, Papio gave the Terps the lead turning on a 1-0 pitch and sending it sailing over the right-field wall.
"We played really well,” said Szefc. “We pitched really well and got some key hits, so that was good.
"There's two things we have to do well in these last few games if we want to keep playing, and that's be able to come-from-behind and to play strong on the road. We've started to be able to come-from-behind these past few weeks, so we just have to continue to work on our road game."
Maryland’s offense got jump started in the fifth beginning with a throwing error on Notre Dame third baseman Kevin DeFilippis that allowed Kevin Martir to reach. After Charlie White sacrificed Martir to second, Wade lined the ball down the right field line for his eighth double of the season to pull the Terps within one.
Three batters later with runners at the corners and two outs, Schmit found the hole on the right side of the infield to plate Wade and tie the ballgame.
After Ruse pitched a perfect sixth in relief of Drossner, Papio stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom of the inning and delivered the Terps the lead. Ruse’s two innings of relief earned him the win to improve his record to 5-2.
The Irish opened the scoring in the top of the third and manufactured a run following a leadoff double by Robert Youngdahl. A sacrifice bunt moved Youngdahl to third and a ground out to Schmit at short brought him home.
DeFilippis put Notre Dame up two in the fifth with a perfectly placed bunt down the third baseline allowing Cavan Biggio to score.
With the win, Maryland earned its 12th conference victory of the season. That total is the most since the 1970 season when the Terps won 15 conference games en route to the program’s second ACC title.