MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Maryland ran into a hot hitting West Virginia team and were held in check offensively falling to the Mountaineers, 14-2, Tuesday night at Hawley Field.
West Virginia starter Ross Vance held the Terps (24-15) to one run on three hits over six innings, while striking out six. Offensively, the Mountaineers (20-16) belted out 16 hits in the win.
West Virginia struck first with a run in the home half of the second. After retiring the Mountaineers in order in the first, Terrapin starter Tayler Stiles issued a lead-off walk to Ryan McBroom, who came around to score two batters later when Brad Johnson doubled off the base of the wall in left.
The Mountaineers increased their advantage to three with a two-run fourth. With one out, McBroom doubled to left and Jacob Rice reached on an infield single. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position and Johnson singled up the middle through a drawn in infield to score two.
WVU broke the game open with a five-run fifth beginning with a three-run home run from Bobby Boyd. Michael Constantini singled and Taylor Munden followed with a double to start the inning. Boyd then stepped in and drove a 3-1 pitch from Stiles over the wall in right field. The Mountaineers added two more runs in the inning on two singles and walk.
Maryland got its first run of the night on a RBI double from Blake Schmit in the sixth. Charlie White walked with one out and moved to second on a single by LaMonte Wade. Schmit followed with a shot to left center which rolled to the wall and scored White.
West Virginia scored three in the sixth and three in the seventh before Maryland closed out the scoring. Martir stepped in against WVU reliever Joby Lapkoowicz in the ninth. Martir turned on the first pitch of the inning and belted it out to left.
Maryland returns home Wednesday to face George Mason at 6 p.m. from Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.