GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Maryland baseball team was unable to solve Florida left-hander Bobby Poyner on opening night as the No. 21 Gators knocked off the Terps, 4-0, Friday at McKethan Stadium at Perry Field.
In front of announced crowd of 4,026, the Terps were unable to consistently string hits together against Poyner. The junior hurler and three Gator relievers combined to hold the Terps (0-1) to three hits.
Maryland starter Jake Stinnett turned in a strong outing striking out seven batters, one strikeout shy of his career high, over five innings of work. But Florida was able to get to the senior right hander in the third and that was all the offense the Gators needed.
Maryland had a golden opportunity to strike first in the top of the second. Martir led off the inning with a single and moved to third after Blake Schmit followed with a double to left. With runners at second and third and no outs, Poyner buckled down and struck out Michael Montville and Anthony Papio before intentionally walking Jose Cuas to get the lefty-lefty matchup against Andrew Amaro. Poyner got Amaro swinging to get out of the bases loaded jam.
The Gators (1-0) got on the board in their half of the third. Peter Alonso singled up the middle to start the inning and moved to second following a Buddy Reed walk. With one out, Richie Martin singled through the left side to load the bases.
After Martin, Ryan Larson hit a dribbler towards Cuas at third. Cuas gloved it and came home, but not in time to get the runner. In the process, the ball rolled away from Martir allowing a second run to score. Two batters later, Taylor Gushue singled to center to score the Gators final run of the inning.
In the top of the fourth, the Terps threatened to cut into the deficit, but Martir was stranded at third following a leadoff double.
Florida added its final run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly to left field. Poyner earned the win for the Gators, while Stinnett took the loss for the Terps. Danny Young earned a two-inning save.
Maryland and Florida continue its three-game series on Saturday at 4 p.m. from McKethan Stadium.