Aggressive Terps Take Two Against Oakland
Feb. 22, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In two games on Friday, Maryland combined for 23 runs on 26 hits to sweep a doubleheader against Oakland at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. The Terps (2-3) used a seven-run fifth inning and a six-run eighth inning to win game one 15-4, and a five-run sixth inning to take game two 8-4.
Maryland's aggressive approach at the plate also carried over on the base paths as the Terps tied a program record with 10 stolen bases in the first game with three steals from Charlie White. The Terrapins last stole 10 bases on April 14, 2010, against UMBC. In addition, White became the first Terrapin to swipe three bases in a game since Korey Wacker did it against NC State on April 8 of last season.
White added two more steals in game two and the Terps finished with 14 stolen bases combined in the two contests.
Maryland climbed out of an early hole in game one as Oakland (0-2) jumped out to a 4-1 lead. After the Golden Grizzlies pushed two across in the fourth inning, the Terps got one back in the bottom of the inning as Jose Cuas singled to right field to score LaMonte Wade from second.
A scoreless fifth for Oakland led to a seven-run outburst for the Terps in the bottom half of the inning that included five doubles. Convissar and Jordan Hagel led off the frame with back-to-back doubles that scored Convissar. Montville followed with another double that scored Hagel after Matt Bosse hit a screamer that was hauled in by the centerfielder. With one out, Wade stepped in and doubled down the left field line scoring Montville.
The major blow of the inning came with White in the batter's box and the bases loaded. White hit a bases clearing double to add three more runs to the Terrapin tally. He would later score on a RBI single from Convissar to complete the seven-run inning.
Maryland tacked on six more runs in the eighth to cruise to the win. Jimmy Reed went seven innings and struck out eight to earn his first win of the season. Oakland's Lucas Scocchia took the loss.
Convissar and White each finished with three hits, while Bosse, Hagel and Montville each added two. White drove in a team-high four runs.
In game two, White and Kevin Martir each had three hits and the Terps received 4 -2/3 innings of solid bullpen work to win Friday's finale.
Maryland scored five runs in the sixth to pull away from the Golden Grizzlies. The patient Terrapin hitters earned four walks in the frame and pressured Oakland's pitchers into a few mistakes to manufacture the runs.
On the bases, the Terps continued their aggressive approach by stealing five bags.
Bobby Ruse picked up the win out of the bullpen. Ruse pitched 1-2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Jared Price entered in the eighth inning with two men on and one out. The freshman kept the Golden Grizzlies off of the scoreboard and closed it out in the ninth for his first career save.
Maryland and Oakland continue the four-game series Sunday at 11 a.m. The fourth and final game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the day's opener.