White Leads Terps Past Wake Forest in Series Finale

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Maryland churned out 13 hits led by a four-hit performance from Charlie White to lead the Terps past Wake Forest, 11-3, in the series finale Sunday afternoon from Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

White led the offensive charge in the late innings as Maryland (19-10, 6-8 ACC) scored eight runs in the final four frames. The junior centerfield tied career highs in hits (4) and RBI (4) and tallied two stolen bases. Second baseman Brandon Lowe added to the attack going 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Jose Cuas had two doubles and a RBI.

On the mound, the Terps received a strong performance from starter Zach Morris. Morris, who was making his first career start in a Maryland uniform, gave up two runs over 4-1/3 innings with three strikeouts.

After Wake cut the Terps’ lead to one in the fifth, Maryland exploded for seven runs over the next two innings to put the game away. White totaled all four of his RBI in the seven run outburst with a two-RBI double in the sixth and a two-RBI single in the seventh. Lowe chipped in with two RBI over the two frames.

With one out in the sixth, Nick Cieri and Blake Schmit got the inning going with back-to-back singles. Jose Cuas put the Terps up by two with a RBI double down the left field line. After Tim Lewis drew a walk, White hit a tailing ball which got past the right fielder and rolled to the wall. White raced into second with a two-RBI double. Lowe capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to right to put the Terps up 7-2.

In the seventh, Maryland scored three runs all coming with two outs. Cieri and Schmit got it started once again with a single to left and a hit-by-pitch, respectively. With two outs, Lewis again worked a walk. White then singled through the right side scoring Cieri and Schmit. Lowe followed White and singled up the middle to score Lewis giving the Terps a 10-2 lead.

For the 12th time this season, the Terps scored in their first at-bat manufacturing a run to start the game. White took first after being hit by a pitch to lead off the game for the second straight day and promptly stole second.

After Lowe worked a walk, LaMonte Wade moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Kyle Convissar then picked up his 11th RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly to center.

Maryland extended its lead to three with two runs in the third with White once again the catalyst. The junior reached on a chopper over the first baseman’s head and beat the throw from the second baseman to start the inning. After stealing his second base of the game and 15th of the season, Lowe doubled down the right field line to plate White. After moving to third on a Wade ground ball to second, Lowe scored on a Convissar single to left increasing Maryland’s lead to 3-0.

The Deacons cut into the Maryland lead with two runs in the fifth. The inning started with back-to-back singles from Evan Stephens and Grant Shambley with Shambley reaching on a bunt. With one out, Wake Forest loaded the bases on a walk to Matt Conway.

After Bobby Ruse entered from the bullpen, Will Craig hit into a fielder’s choice, which scored two runs after Lowe’s throw to first got past Wade. With runners at second and third following a Connor Keniry double, Ruse got pinch hitter Nate Mondou to pop out to end the threat.

.The Deacons added a run on a Shambley RBI single in the eighth, but the Terps answered in the ninth on a fielder’s choice RBI by Krysthian Leal.

Bobby Ruse earned his fourth win of the season in relief of Morris. Connor Kaden took the loss for Wake Forest. Maryland is back in action Tuesday when it travels to Fairfax to face George Mason at 3 p.m.