May 8, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Despite a season-high four hit performance from Jordan Hagel, Maryland was unable to overcome two four-run deficits Wednesday night and lost 9-7 to VCU at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
The Terps (28-24) overcame a 4-0 deficit with two runs in the second and two runs in the fifth, but could not complete the comeback a second time after falling behind 8-4 in the sixth after the Rams (24-23) scored four in the top of the inning.
Not to be overshadowed in the loss, Hagel tied a career high with four hits including his team-leading fourth home run of the season and 14th double. The senior finished 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Hagel was not the only Terp to turn in a strong offensive performance. Anthony Papio had his third three-hit game of the season. Papio went 3-for-4 including a double and a triple along with driving in one run.
Kyle Convissar and Blake Schmit each had a multi-hit night. Convissar had two hits and scored a run, while Schmit had two hits, one RBI and one run scored.
The game swung in VCU's favor in the sixth inning. After the Terps tied the game at four with two runs in the fifth, the Rams answered with four in the next half-inning. The first three VCU hitters reached base and Trevor Marino brought home the first run of the inning with a single through the left side.
Brady Kirkpatrick on the mound and struck out the next two batters, but a second run scored on a wild pitch. After a walk loaded the bases, Joey Cujas singled through the right side to plate two more runs.
Maryland answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. With runners at first and second, Hagel ripped a double down the left-field line to score one. LaMonte Wade followed with a two-RBI double to right center trimming the VCU lead to 8-7.
The Terps threatened in the eighth, but left runners at second and third. The Rams tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth, and once again prevented Maryland from scoring with runners at second and third in the bottom of the inning to hold on for the win.
VCU scored two runs in the first and two runs in the second to stake itself to a 4-0 lead. The Terps responded in the bottom of the second with two runs of their own. Convissar and Kevin Martir started the inning with back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Convissar scored on a ground out to second and Martir came home on a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, the Terps tied the game. Hagel led off the inning with a home run down the left-field line. Two batters later, Papio tripled home Martir.
Michael Carpenter earned his second win of the season out of the bullpen and improved to 2-0 for VCU, while Matt Lees earned his ninth save. Kirkpatrick took the loss for Maryland falling to 3-7.
Maryland has a little over a week off before beginning its final regular-season series. The Terps play host to Boston College starting Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.