April 14, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After losing two hotly contested games to Miami, Maryland won the series finale over the Hurricanes, 7-2, on Sunday at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium behind seven strong innings from starter Jake Stinnett.
Stinnett, who pitched five scoreless innings at George Mason on Wednesday, retired 13 of the first 15 Miami batters and held the Hurricanes to one run on three hits with six strikeouts to earn his third consecutive victory and improve to 4-3. In his last three starts, Stinnett has a 1.42 ERA and is averaging 8.53 strikeouts per nine.
After totaling 13 hits in 22 innings in the first two games of the series, Maryland's offense came out in support of Stinnett with seven runs on 14 hits including three each for K.J. Hockaday and Blake Schmit. Four different Terps had at least one RBI led by two apiece from Jack Cleary and Schmit.
Charlie White continued his pursuit of the single-season stolen base record. After doubling in the eighth, White stole third for his 33rd stolen base of the season tying Larry Long (1998) for the most in a single season. On the day, the sophomore went 2-for-4 with a RBI.
The Terps took control of Sunday's game in the bottom of the sixth. After Miami scored in the top of the frame to tie it at 1-1, Maryland scored three times in the inning with one run coming on a bunt single from Cleary, one coming on a wild pitch, and one on an infield single by Schmit.
The Hurricanes trimmed the Terps' lead to 4-2 in the eighth, but Maryland responded with another three-run inning in its next at-bat. Greg Olenski, who went 2-for-3 with a double, walked to start the inning before being removed for pinch- runner Andrew Amaro. Hockaday followed and reached on a bunt single and Amaro advanced to third on a throwing error by the third baseman.
With runners at the corners, Cleary laid down the safety squeeze to score Amaro. Two batters later, Schmit doubled to down the left-field line to plate Hockaday. Schmit would later score on the White double to put the Terps in front 7-2.
Maryland opened the scoring in the third. Juas Cuas scored on a sacrifice fly from LaMonte Wade after walking to start the inning.
Miami's Andrew Suarez suffered his third loss of the season and is now 2-3.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday when the Terps travel to Richmond to take on VCU at 6 p.m.