WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Maryland baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA Regionals, falling 8-5 to West Virginia Sunday afternoon at David F. Couch Ballpark.
The Terrapins (38-23) took a 4-0 lead after five innings, but gave up eight unanswered runs. Maryland then brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth before a pair of strikeouts ended the game. Senior Brandon Gum had two hits and three RBIs in the final game of his college career.
“Obviously, not the way we would want it to end,” head coach John Szefc said. “Give our team and our coaches, support staff an awful lot of credit for getting us to this point. We've had a few ups and downs, but it's our third regional in the last four years and we try to preach consistency and I think our guys are very good in that respect. We won four games in the postseason, including the Big Ten tournament, so although this regional really didn't work out the way we would have wanted it to, I know our coaching staff will walk away from this thing feeling pretty positive about where things are going.”
Marty Costes gave Maryland a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a solo homer to left center, the 13th of his season. Gum provided Maryland with its next three runs off an RBI double in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth.
Sophomore John Murphy pitched well in relief, striking out the side in the fourth after entering with the bases loaded and nobody out.
West Virginia chipped away at the Terrapin lead with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh. The Mountaineers took the lead for good with a four-run eighth inning off the Maryland bullpen.
Nick Dunn's solo home run in the top of the ninth cut the WVU lead to 8-5. Madison Nickens followed with a single before Zach Jancarski doubled with one down. AJ Lee and Gum then struck out to end the game.
Maryland's season ends with 38 wins, the third-most in program history. The Terps have now advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four seasons, the best stretch in school history.