April 28, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Maryland overcame a one-run deficit with two runs in the sixth and rode the superb performance of starter Jake Stinnett to a 4-1 win over Duke on Sunday at Jack Coombs Field. With the victory, the Terps (25-21, 8-16 ACC) took two of three from the Blue Devils (25-22, 9-15 ACC) to secure a vital series win.
Stinnett was the star of Sunday's game. The junior righty held the Blue Devils to no earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts for his first career complete game. Stinnett has gone at least seven innings in four of his last five starts including his past three. In those contests, Stinnett has an ERA of 1.54 with 28 strikeouts.
LaMonte Wade had the decisive at-bats on Sunday. After Duke took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, the Terps took the lead in the next half inning. Hagel drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to center and Wade singled to center to score Charlie White all the way from first.
White finished 2-for-4 with a run scored to pace the squad offensively. Hagel and Wade had the only two RBI.
Stinnett and Duke starter Robert Huber combined to allow only three hits through the first four innings. The Blue Devils broke the deadlock in the fifth starting with a Grant McCabe double to lead off the inning.
Mark Lumpa laid down a sacrifice bunt which Jack Cleary fired down to third in an attempt to get the advancing McCabe. But Kevin Martir mishandled the throw at third allowing McCabe to slide in safely. Martir chased the ball down and was able to catch Lumpa in a run down with Blake Schmit applying the tag.
With McCabe at third, Kenny Koplove singled up the middle for the opening run. But Stinnett minimized the damage and induced a 6-4-3 double play on the next pitch to end the inning.
In the Terps' next turn, Jose Cuas doubled to left center with one out followed by a shallow fly ball that dropped in front of the centerfielder by White to put runners at the corners. Hagel then tied the game with a sacrifice fly to deep center field.
On the next pitch, Wade dropped a single over the shoulder of the shortstop and in front of the centerfielder. White, running on the play, scored from first to give Maryland a 2-1 lead.
In the seventh, the Terps tacked on another run in an unconventional way. Andrew Amaro singled to right with one out in the inning. Amaro then advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a throw down to first on a dropped third strike.
One pitch later Amaro scored on ball that glanced off the catcher's glove and reached the backstop. The run increased the Terps' lead to 3-1.
Maryland manufactured an insurance run in the ninth beginning with a lead-off single by Martir. The freshman moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a ground out. Martir came home on a wild pitch to give the Terps a three-run lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.
Stinnett improved his record to 5-4, while Huber dropped 5-5. The Terps return home on Tuesday against Towson with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.