Martir's Walk Off Clinches Sweep for Terps
Feb. 24, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With Anthony Papio at second and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Kevin Martir hit a game-winning single up the middle as Maryland (4-3) defeated Oakland, 4-3, and completed a four-game sweep of the Golden Grizzlies on Sunday at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. The Terps won game one of the doubleheader, 8-0.
Martir would not have been in position to win the game if not for Jack Cleary. With the Terps trailing 3-2 in eighth, Cleary delivered a clutch two-out hit to score LaMonte Wade and tie the game at three. Jake Stinnett came on and pitched two strong innings out the bullpen to give the Terrapin offense a chance in the 10th.
Oakland (0-4) scored three runs, two earned, off of starter Alex Robinson and led 3-2 after four innings. Robinson scattered eight hits over seven innings while striking out nine in his second career start. The freshman displayed strong command of his pitches and at times overpowered the Oakland bats. Robinson struck out the side on 14 pitches in the first inning and led off the second with a K.
Over the four games, the Terps were aggressive on the bases. As a team, Maryland stole 26 bases including 10 from Charlie White. Maryland set a program record with 11 stolen bases in game one of the series Friday. Maryland stole four in the series finale after swiping seven in the first game on Sunday.
Maryland threatened in the fifth inning and seventh inning, but the combination of Oakland starter Chris Van Dyke and reliever Russell Luxton were able to work their way out of the innings. The Terps left three runners on base in total and stranded a runner at third and a runner at second in the fifth and seventh, respectively.
Robinson and Jaime Pashuck kept the Terps within one. Robinson left after seven and Pashuck pitched a scoreless eighth to set up Cleary's dramatics in the bottom of the inning.
Wade laced a single up the middle to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Luxton. The Oakland reliever struck out the next two hitters, but couldn't get the last out as Cleary delivered.
In the 10th, Papio worked the count and drew a walk to start the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Olenski. Martir stepped in following a pitching change and drove in Papio who was mobbed as he slid past the tag of Oakland's catcher Nolan Jacoby.
White led the Terps with two hits. Stinnett earned the win and Luxton was the losing pitcher.
In game one, the Terps used a four-run seventh to defeat Oakland 8-0. Kyle Convissar and K.J. Hockaday delivered in the inning. Hockaday singled through the left side scoring Blake Schmit. Convissar stepped in and singled down the right field line scoring Charlie White and Hockaday, who had stolen second.
It was more than enough for Terps' starter Brady Kirkpatrick and the Maryland bullpen. Kirkpatrick, Brandon Casas, Ben Brewster and Wade combined on the shutout. Kirkpatrick pitched five innings and gave up three hits while striking out five to earn the win.
Martir recorded a team-high three hits in game one, while Hockaday and White each had two. Convissar and Hockaday finished with three RBI each.
Maryland is back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 26 when it travels to James Madison for its first weekday series of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.