WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest received a strong starting performance from John McLeod as the Demon Deacons defeated Maryland, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Terps were unable to break through against the lefty on Saturday and left nine runners on base. Maryland (18-10, 5-8 ACC) stranded runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. McLeod scattered eight hits over 6-2/3 innings allowing one run with five strikeouts to improve to 5-1.
Wake Forest (22-11, 10-4 ACC) got to Terrapin starter Mike Shawaryn early and knocked him out of the game after 3-1/3 innings. The freshman gave up eight hits and three earned runs in defeat. His record dropped to 5-2 on the season.
Wake Forest scored in three of the first four innings. Conor Keniry hit a solo home run to right center to put the Deacs up 1-0 in the second. In the third, Keniry increased Wake’s lead to two with a RBI single. The Deacs took a 4-0 lead in the fourth on a RBI double from Evan Stephens and a RBI triple from Grant Shambley.
The Terps manufactured a run in the seventh with three consecutive two-out singles. Michael Montville poked one to right and Charlie White reached on a bunt single to move Montville into scoring position. Lowe picked up his 14th RBI of the season with a flare to left center plating Montville.
The Demon Deacons answered in the bottom of the inning. Charlie Morgan doubled to left to start off the inning and moved the third on a fly before scoring on a sacrifice fly.
In the eighth, Kyle Convissar led off with a walk and moved to third on a single by Schmit. With one out, Cuas tallied his team-leading 18th RBI on a ground ball to third.
Aaron Fossas earned his second save in as many games and his eighth of the season working a perfect ninth inning for the Deacons.
Freshman Tayler Stiles provided four strong innings of relief for the Terps. Stiles allowed one run and three hits with three strikeouts.
Game three between Maryland and Wake Forest is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. from Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.