April 17, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland received seven scoreless innings from starter Jake Drossner, but Mt. St. Mary's used 11 pitchers to keep the Terrapin offense off balance as the Terps fell to the Mountaineers, 2-1, Wednesday evening at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
Mt. St. Mary's (8-21) scored one run in the eighth and ninth innings, and after the Terps (20-18) loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth prevented the tying run from scoring to secure the win.
Three walks in the ninth loaded the bases for Maryland with one out in the final inning. But Greg Fields entered from the bullpen and recorded a strike out and a ground out to earn his first save of the season.
Drossner battled seven different Mt. St. Mary's pitchers in an unorthodox pitcher's duel. The freshman turned in a career-best performance shutting out The Mount on one hit over seven innings with seven strikeouts.
The two teams remained in a scoreless deadlock through seven, but in the eighth The Mount started the frame with back-to-back singles and moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. On the next at-bat, reliever Brandon Casas struck out Zane Bard on a 2-2 pitch, but the ball bounced away and allowed the first run to score.
Maryland answered right away in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Hagel led off with his second home run of the season, a solo shot over the Maryland Pride sign in left-center field.
Mt. St. Mary's did not fold and in the ninth scored the eventual winning run when Andrew Clow singled to left field scoring Tom Healy from second.
The loss overshadowed a record setting night for Charlie White. In the third inning, White walked and stole second for his 34th stolen base of the season. The sophomore is now Maryland's all-time single-season stolen base leader surpassing Larry Long's 33.
Connor Grabber earned the win for The Mount, while Brandon Casas suffered the loss for the Terps.
Maryland holds its second-to-last ACC homestand beginning Friday when Virginia Tech arrives in College Park. Game one is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m.