April 27, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Five straight two-out hits in the bottom of the eighth inning plated three Duke runs as the Blue Devils came from behind to defeat Maryland, 11-9, Saturday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Maryland (24-21, 7-16 ACC) entered the frame clinging to a one-run lead with closer Kevin Mooney on the mound. Mooney struck out the first two Duke (25-21, 9-14 ACC) batters of the innings. But the Blue Devils strung together five consecutive hits to tie the game and eventually take the lead.
The result spoiled a solid offensive effort from the Terps. Four Terrapins had multiple hits led by three from LaMonte Wade and Blake Schmit all recorded two hits. Amaro and Schmit each had a double, while Wade picked up his third triple of the season.
Hagel, Schmit and Wade all finished with two RBI. Jose Cuas, Kevin Martir and Charlie White each drove in a run as well.
After Duke tied the contest at seven in the fourth, the Terps scored twice in the top of the sixth to regain the lead. Cuas singled through the left side and advanced to third on a fielding error by the shortstop with White at the plate. With runners at the corners, Hagel beat out a possible double play scoring Cuas.
Wade brought Hagel home after he ripped the first pitch of his at-bat off the glove of the third base man. The ball rolled into left field allowing Hagel to round the bases and beat out a throw home.
The Blue Devils cut into the two-run deficit in the seventh. A two-out single by Matt Berezo trimmed the Maryland lead to 9-8 to set up the rally in the bottom of the eighth.
Maryland led 7-2 after three innings. The Terps posted two runs in the first, three runs in the second, and two runs in the third. In the first, Hagel singled to left field and moved into scoring position on a failed pickoff attempt from Duke starter Drew Van Orden. Wade then drilled a ball over the centerfielder's head and up against the wall for a triple to score Hagel. Wade scored one pitch later after Martir grounded out to second.
In the second, Cleary and Amaro reached base to start the inning and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Schmit. Cuas grounded out to second scoring Cleary followed by a single up the middle from White to score Amaro. After stealing second, White scored on a single from Hagel. White now has 36 stolen bases on the season.
Maryland tacked on two more runs in the third. With Martir at third and Amaro at first, Schmit laced a ball past the diving first base man and down the right-field line for two RBI. The Blue Devils got two runs in their first at-bat. Andy Perez led off with a solo homer to left and back-to-back doubles by Jordan Betts and Chris Marconcini tied the game at 2-2.
Duke tied the game once again with a five-run fifth inning with the big hit coming from Perez. With the bases loaded, Perez tripled to center knotting the game at five.
Andrew Istler earned the win for Duke improving to 3-3. Mooney was charged with the loss dropping his record to 3-2.
The Terps and Blue Devils play a series deciding game three on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.