May 16, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After striking out a career-best 11 at Clemson on May 4, senior lefthander Jimmy Reed duplicated his performance with 11 strikeouts against Boston College Thursday night at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium, but Maryland (28-25, 9-19 ACC) could not breakthrough offensively and fell to the Eagles, 2-1.
In his final start in College Park, Reed gave up two runs on six hits over 8-1/3 innings to lower his ERA to 2.33. But Boston College's Hunter Gordon was just a little bit better Thursday evening.
While not accumulating the strike out numbers (2), Gordon kept the Terrapin offense off balance most of the evening and benefited from a couple of timely defensive plays to earn his second win of the season. Gordon gave up one run on three hits in 7-1/3 innings.
BC (12-38, 4-23 ACC) struck for a run in the first and second innings and Gordon and reliever Jeff Burke made it hold up. Maryland's lone hit in the first five innings was a second-inning lead-off double by Kyle Convissar, his 10th of the season.
The Terps got on the board and cut the deficit to one in the sixth. With two outs, Charlie White worked a seven-pitch walk and Jordan Hagel singled on a hard shot to short. On a 3-2 count, LaMonte Wade went with the pitch and slapped it into shallow left field to plate White.
In the seventh, it looked as though Blake Schmit would tie the game. The junior shortstop drove a 1-2 pitch to the left-center field gap. The ball looked as though it would drop in to allow Kevin Martir to score from second, but the Eagles' left fielder closed on the ball and made a sliding grab against the wall to preserve the BC lead.
Burke came on in the eighth and held the Terps hitless over the final 1-2/3 innings to close it out.
The Eagles got on the board in the first with three singles to the left side of the field to score the opening run. In the second, Chris Shaw led off the inning with a home run to right field to increase the Eagles' lead to 2-0.
Reed settled in after the home run and retired 14 of the next 15 batters including striking out the side in the Boston College sixth. Despite the strong performance, Reed suffered his fourth loss of the season falling to 6-4.
Maryland and Boston College continue the series Friday with a 6:30 p.m. tilt at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.