COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland and 25th-ranked Georgia Tech combined for 29 hits and 19 runs Sunday afternoon in a 12-inning contest that eventually went in favor of the Yellow Jackets, 13-6, at Bob :Turtle” Smith Stadium. Despite the loss, the Terps won two of three in the series earning their second ACC series victory of the year.
The lead exchanged hands four times before the Jackets finally put the game away with a seven-run 12th. Second baseman Brandon Lowe led the offensive effort with four hits a RBI and a run scored. After going 3-for-3 Saturday, Lowe has reached base in his last eight plate appearances and nine of his last 10.
After Maryland (24-14, 9-11 ACC) tied the game at six in the bottom of the sixth, the Terps and Yellow Jackets remained deadlocked for the next five innings before Georgia Tech (25-16, 11-10 ACC) scored seven in the top of the 12th. Tech totaled three hits in the inning, but benefited from three walks and one Terrapin error in the frame.
"From last Saturday's game on we've really played well,” said head coach John Szefc. “Guys have played hard and fought through. We had our chances to win this and walk-off, we just didn't do it. Unfortunately, we don't have anyone to blame but ourselves for this one. It's hard to sweep anyone in this conference, but if we keep winning series we'll be fine.
“It is kind of a disappointing day, but to put it in perspective, it was a successful weekend. We just didn't get the result we wanted today."
The Terps came from behind twice in the contest overcoming a 3-2 deficit in the fourth and a 6-5 deficit in the sixth. After the Yellow Jackets scored three in the top of the third, the Terps responded for two in the bottom of the inning to take a one-run lead.
With LaMonte Wade standing on second, Nick Cieri tallied one of his two hits on the day and scored Wade with a RBI single to left. Two batters later, Jose Cuas picked up his team-leading 29th RBI of the year with a single to left to score Cieri.
The Terps took a two-run lead in the fourth on a RBI double from Lowe scoring Charlie White, who finished 3-for-7, all the way from first. But the Yellow Jackets answered with three runs in the top of the sixth all off a three-run home run by Arden Pabst.
The Jackets capitalized on two Terrapin errors during the frame that kept the inning alive allowing Pabst to put Georgia Tech up 6-5.
In the home half of the sixth, the Terps tied the game after loading bases on a White single, a Lowe walk and a fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt from Wade in which White beat the throw to third. White scored the tying run on a 4-6-3 double play.
Maryland starter Jake Drossner tied a career high with six innings pitched. The sophomore lefty struck out eight and allowed three earned runs on eight hits. Righty Bobby Ruse threw five innings of strong relief, but took the loss. The Jackets Dusty Isaacs pitched 4-2/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.
A trip to Morgantown is next up for the Terps. Maryland and West Virginia will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.