May 4, 2013
CLEMSON, S.C. - Maryland received another sterling pitching performance from Jimmy Reed and pounded out 14 hits in a 7-2 win over 18th-ranked Clemson on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Reed, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week, quieted the Tiger bats. The senior lefty struck out a career-high 11 batters and scattered four hits over eight innings. Reed has pitched at least eight innings in three of his last four starts and has an ERA of 1.41 in his last four.
The Terrapin offense provided plenty of support for its ace totaling 14 hits including five extra-base hits, two of which were solo home runs from Kyle Convissar and Jordan Hagel. The Terps' 14 hits tied a team high for the most hits in an ACC game this season.
Convissar announced his return to the Maryland lineup with a 3-for-4 outing, which included his first homer of the season in the third inning to stretch the Terps' lead to 4-0. Hagel followed in the fourth with a homer of his own, his second of the season, to increase the advantage to five.
The Terps (28-21, 9-16 ACC) jumped out to a five-run lead on Saturday beginning with a three-run second. Kevin Martir got it going with a double off the wall in left center and Kyle Convissar took first after being hit by a pitch. After moving up on a passed ball, Martir scored on a third-strike wild pitch which allowed Cleary to reach first safely.
Two batters later with the bases loaded, White delivered a clutch two-out single through the right side to score Cleary. Hagel then earned a walk to force home another run.
Convissar and Hagel increased the lead to five before Clemson (30-15, 15-10 ACC) answered back in the bottom of the fourth. With a runner on first, Shane Kennedy blasted the first pitch of the at-bat to straight-away center to cut Maryland's lead to three.
The Tigers would not get any closer as the Terps added two more runs in the sixth on a Cleary two-RBI double to left field. Reed retired nine of the next 11 Tiger batters before turning it over to Kevin Mooney in the ninth. Mooney pitched a perfect frame to book the Terps' 28th win, while Reed improved to 5-3
The Terps' chased Clemson starter Daniel Gossett from the game in the third inning. Gossett gave up four runs on five hits over 2-1/3 innings as his record fell to 7-3.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
Due to inclement weather and poor field conditions, game two of Saturday's doubleheader was cancelled and rescheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
With a stolen base in the seventh, White increased his season total to 38 and his career total to 60. White is now two stolen bases shy of tying the career mark at Maryland.
In his first at-bat of the game, Kyle Convissar was hit-by-a-pitch for the 19th time this season. Convissar has been hit 46 times in his career surpassing Chad Durakis (45) as the all-time leader in program history.