Moss had already set down six Terrapins by way of strikeout when K.J. Hockaday stepped to the plate with two down in the fourth, and appeared to have a good start on his seventh when he jumped ahead to a 1-2 count on the freshman.
But Hockaday, who had drawn a walk after going to a full count in his first at-bat, took two balls to get to another 3-2 count. He then fouled off two pitches and on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, drilled a double off the top of the wall in center field to reach scoring position. Jordan Hagel followed with another two-out hit, a single through the left side that scored Hockaday and proved to be the difference in the game.
He was at it again in the sixth inning - also with two outs - with a nine-pitch at bat that resulted in another double. Hockaday's plate approach throughout the game - and in the first 20 games of his freshman campaign - distinctly illustrates a high level of discipline in a young player.
By going 5-for-10 on the weekend, Hockaday raised his overall batting average to a team-best .343, and in two ACC series he is 10-for-22 (.455). A little more than one-third into the regular season, he ranks third among league freshmen in hitting and 21st overall. It's certainly been a terrific start for the Joppa, Md., native, who was selected in the 14th round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles last summer, but chose to attend Maryland over signing a professional contract.
Prior to the season, head coach Erik Bakich spoke glowingly about Harman and the competitor he turns into on game days.
"There is another level in him, and I think that's because he's experienced winning championships," Bakich said in February. "He started four games in a two-week span to win a state championship in high school. He's just a winner. He knows what it takes to win and he's going to win."
That's been evident throughout this season, as Harman has compiled a 3-1 record and a 1.11 ERA that ranks second in the ACC.
But his ability to lead a team to victory - to bear down when it matters most and get outs when you have to have them, was more apparent in Sunday's win than it had been all year.
North Carolina got their leadoff man on in five of Harman's eight innings - a sure recipe for runs - but each time the senior worked out of trouble. After striking out the first two batters in the second inning, a walk, infield single and throwing error put runners on second and third. Harman, though, struck out designated hitter Tom Zengel to end the inning and strand the runners.
He then stranded a Tar Heel in each inning between the fourth and the eighth, remarkably holding North Carolina to one hit in 16 at-bats with a runner on.
A look at Harman's numbers on the season tells the same story: in 46 at bats with runners on base, opponents have just six hits, a .130 average. With two outs, opponents are hitting just .184.
Harman's experience, pitch ability and penchant for winning will undoubtedly continue to be paramount to Maryland's success in 2012.
Maryland plays a pair of mid-week games, with George Washington (6-12) visiting Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday before the Terps hit the road to play at Delaware (8-11) Wednesday at 3 p.m. That contests opens an eight-game road swing, as Maryland faces 12th-ranked Miami (16-4, 5-1 ACC) for a three-game set in Coral Gables, Fla., this weekend.