COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland exploded for five runs in the sixth inning and lefty Jake Drossner struck out a career-high nine in an 8-3 Terps victory over Liberty Wednesday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
Making his fourth midweek start of the season, Drossner set a new career mark striking out nine Liberty (22-8) batters and held the Flames to three hits and one earned run over six innings. The sophomore left hander retired the first eight batters of the game.
For the second consecutive day, the Maryland offense broke open a tie ballgame with a multi-run sixth inning. After scoring four runs against VCU in the sixth Tuesday, the Terps (18-8) scored five runs in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. LaMonte Wade delivered the big blow with a two-RBI single through the right side of the infield.
"It was a similar game to yesterday really,” said head coach John Szefc. “We put that big inning together and had really tough at-bats. Obviously, [LaMonte]'s at-bat was a big part of that inning. Basically, when he did not strike out and took that 1-2 pitch to the backstop that ends up being three runs for us. That's what we are always trying to push with our guys; tough at-bats, especially when it means something. He really came through."
Wade led all hitters with three hits. The sophomore finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Kyle Convissar all added three RBI on two hits. Centerfielder Charlie White chipped in and finished 2-for-4 with three stolen bases and two runs scored.
Maryland took control of Wednesday’s contest in the sixth. The first two Terrapin batters of the inning walked and Maryland loaded the bases when Michael Montville beat out a fielder’s choice at third. Jose Cuas followed and picked up his 14th RBI of the season on a sacrifice fly to left scoring Montville and putting the Terps up 3-2.
After Nick Cieri was putout at second on a fielder’s choice, White stole second and Brandon Lowe took first after being hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, Maryland scored its second run of the inning after a wild pitch got past the Liberty catcher scoring Rescigno from third.
Wade then stepped in and drove a 2-2 pitch through the right side to plate two more runs and increase the Terrapin lead to 6-2. Convissar capped the inning with a RBI single to left to bring Wade home.
Jared Price and Ben Brewster came out of the bullpen to get the next six outs and help seal the win for the Terps. Liberty picked up a run in the ninth, but Alex Robinson struck out Ashton Perritt to lock up Drossner’s third win of the season.
The Terps jumped on Liberty in their first at-bat. White led off with a single and promptly stole second and third. Wade then brought White home with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Flames tied the game in the third on a single to left by Will Shepherd plating Perritt. Maryland answered in the home half of the inning on a RBI double by Convissar after Wade doubled with two outs.
Liberty tied the game in the fourth capitalizing on a two-out Maryland error that extended the inning. Alex Close doubled home Dalton Britt to knot the game at two.
After an unfortunate fourth, Drossner steadied himself and retired six of the next seven hitters, three by strikeouts.
Maryland hits the road this weekend for a three-game set with Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. The series begins Friday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.