March 30, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Maryland received a stand-out performance from junior right-hander Brady Kirkpatrick and some timely hitting to defeat NC State, 3-2, Saturday night at Doak Field at Dail Park. The Terps (15-11, 4-7) and Wolfpack will play a rubber game to conclude their three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.
After NC State (18-10, 4-7 ACC) scored two runs in the first inning, Kirkpatrick settled in and did not allow another Wolfpack hit over the next six innings and threw 59 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Over that span, Kirkpatrick retired the Wolfpack in order in four times. The junior went seven innings and allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Kirkpatrick turned it over to Kevin Mooney in the eighth inning. The freshman promptly retired the Wolfpack in order striking out the first two batters of the inning to extend the no-hit streak to 24 batters.
NC State put a runner on in the ninth, but Mooney induced a fly out and struck out Brett Williams on a 2-2 fastball to seal the win. Kirkpatrick improved to 3-3, while Mooney picked up his third save. NC State's Josh Easley took the loss.
Offensively, Andrew Amaro and Kevin Martir each finished with three hits. Amaro also added two stolen bases. LaMonte Wade went 1-for-3 with two RBI and K.J. Hockaday added two hits including a RBI single to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
The Terps broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning. Amaro led off the inning with his second bunt single of the game and quickly stole second base. Charlie White flared a single to left field to put Terrapins at the corners with one out.
With the first baseman and third baseman pulled in, Wade executed a perfect safety squeeze. The freshman laid the bunt down in between the pitcher and the first baseman to allow Amaro to score and give the Terps a 3-2 advantage.
The Wolfpack opened the scoring in the first inning for the second consecutive game. Brett Austin singled up the middle and was followed by a Trea Turner single through the right side of the infield.
A sacrifice bunt moved them into scoring position and Tarran Senay singled up the middle to score two. Kirkpatrick put the fire out and got the next two batters to ground out to end the inning.
After tallying three hits in the first three innings, the Terps broke through in the fourth. Kyle Convissar reached first with one out after being hit by a 1-2 pitch. Martir moved him to third with an opposite-way single and Hockaday drove him in dropping a single in just in front of the left fielder for the only run of the inning.
The Terps tied the game in the fifth. Amaro singled up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by White. On a 2-0 pitch, Wade laced a single to right field to score Amaro.