April 6, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Maryland took the lead early against No. 1 North Carolina, but the Tar Heels rallied in the middle innings to defeat the Terps, 5-3, Saturday at Boshamer Stadium.
Maryland (16-14, 4-10 ACC) grabbed a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth, but UNC scored three in the bottom of the frame to seize the momentum. The Tar Heels (28-2, 11-2) then turned to their bullpen for 5-1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to earn the win.
For the Terps, Kevin Martir notched his fourth three-hit game of the season. The freshman catcher also tallied one RBI. Charlie White finished 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI. Jose Cuas continued his strong series with a pair of singles.
The Terps jumped on UNC starter Benton Moss right out of the gate. On the second pitch of the game, White doubled to the gap in right-center field and made his way to third after Kyle Convissar was hit by a pitch and Tim Kiene walked.
Martir brought the first Terrapin run home with a tailing ball into the gap in right center to score White. Blake Schmit drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to left field plating Convissar.
After Brady Kirkpatrick quickly retired the Tar Heels in the first, UNC scored one in the bottom of the second. Michael Russell walked and advanced to third when Martir's throw down to second went wide of the bag and bounced into right field. Russell later scored on a sacrifice fly.
In the third, the Tar Heels tied the game at two. Kirkpatrick caught Colin Moran leaning the wrong way and picked him off. During the run down, Brandon Lassiter scored from third.
White helped the Terps regain the lead in the fourth. White stepped to the plate after Cuas moved Anthony Papio to third with a line-drive single to center field. White laid down a perfect bunt between the pitcher and first base for a single scoring the runner from third. The bunt single gave the Terps a 3-2 lead.
The game continued to see-saw as North Carolina went back ahead in the bottom of the frame. The Tar Heels benefited from a Maryland error and scored three runs in the inning.
The Tar Heels loaded the bases with three consecutive singles to start the fourth and Parks Jordan brought the first run home with a single to right. On the ensuing play, Matt Roberts hit a shallow fly ball to left. Andrew Amaro attempted an underhand catch and dropped the ball, which allowed a run to score.
Kirkpatrick got the next two outs on a ground out and a fly ball, but the Tar Heels took a 5-3 lead into the fifth.
After chasing Moss from the game in the fourth, four UNC relievers combined to hold the Terps scoreless over the next five innings led by Chris McCue. McCue gave up three hits over three innings while striking out three.
The Terps also received some nice work from their bullpen. Brandon Casas replaced Kirkpatrick in the fifth inning and proceeded to pitch 3-1/3 innings of scoreless baseball.
UNC's Tate Parish earned the win out of the bullpen, his first of the season. Trent Thornton picked up his first save. Kirkpatrick suffered the loss and fell to 3-4.
Maryland and North Carolina conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium.