March 2, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland extended its winning streak to eight games Saturday by scoring a combined 23 runs in two games and rode two dominant pitching performances to a sweep of Princeton in a doubleheader at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. The Terps (8-3) won game one 16-3 and took game two by a 9-2 margin.
Quality starting pitching has been a theme during Maryland's eight-game winning streak and Saturday was no different. Game one starter Brady Kirkpatrick held Princeton (0-3) to two hits over seven innings and allowed one run while striking out six. Kirkpatrick lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.47 and is holding opponents to .121 hitting.
In game two, Kevin Mooney turned in arguably the best performance of his young career. Mooney threw six scoreless innings allowing seven hits and striking out five. The freshman threw 65 of his 94 pitches for strikes.
Both pitchers received more than enough support from a potent Terrapin offense. The middle of the order came through in game one. Kyle Convissar had a career-high five hits and five RBI, and K.J. Hockaday added three hits, three runs and two RBI. In game two, Convissar, Blake Schmit and Charlie White each had two hits. Schmit drove in two runs and White added three RBI.
Maryland blew open game one in its first turn at bat Saturday. The Terrapins have been the beneficiary of an explosive inning in six of their past eight games and in game one scored eight in the bottom of the first. The Terps capitalized off of four walks and two hit batsmen to run up the total.
Convissar got the Terrapins on the board with a bases loaded single to left field scoring two. Maryland scored its next three runs on bases loaded walks before White singled to center field scoring LaMonte Wade to put the Terps up 6-0.
Hockaday capped off the inning two batters later with a two-RBI single to left. Maryland added two runs in the second and three runs in the third to increase its lead to 13-0. The Terrapins 16 runs and 16 hits are both season highs and the 16 runs are the most scored by a Maryland team since it scored that many against St. John's last season (3/28/12).
Kirkpatrick earned his second win of the season and Princeton' Michael Fagan fell to 0-1.
In the day's second game, the Terps jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Jose Cuas and White drew walks to begin the inning and Jordan Hagel was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hockaday followed and drove in one run on a fielder's choice and Convissar reached on an infield single to score a run.
The Terps added two more in the fourth on a perfectly executed sacrifice squeeze by Cuas and a RBI single from White. After the Tigers cut the deficit to 4-2 in the seventh inning, the Terps scored five in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.
Mooney earned his first career win to run his record to 1-0. The Tigers' Kevin Link was charged with the loss.
Maryland and Princeton close out their weekend series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.