Carroll, Offense Key As Terps Topple Purdue
Feb. 25, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Maryland's offense produced a season-high 15 hits, David Carroll matched a career high with eight strikeouts in seven innings, and the Terps toppled Purdue 11-1 Saturday evening.
Maryland (4-1), which beat Western Carolina Saturday morning, clinched a second consecutive series win. It's the first time the Terps have won back-to-back series since 2007, when they won the first five series of the season. They'll go for a weekend sweep against host East Carolina Sunday at 2 p.m.
A trio of sophomores led Maryland offensively. Second baseman Kyle Convissar went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, first baseman Tim Kiene went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and center fielder Charlie White went 3-for-4 with two runs.
Carroll (1-0), meanwhile, scattered four hits and allowed just one unearned run in seven innings of work. The senior matched a career high with eight strikeouts in picking up the win.
Like Maryland's first opponent on Saturday, Purdue (4-1) had come into the game undefeated after beating East Carolina 6-4 earlier in the day. The Boilermakers, ranked in the top-30 nationally by several publications, were batting .343 and averaging nine runs a game.
The Terps, however, held their opponent without an earned run for the second straight game and the third time this season, lowering their team ERA to 1.50.
After Maryland uncharacteristically committed two errors in the first inning, allowing Purdue's lone run, Carroll and the defense settled in. He retired the side in order in the second, then struck out the side in the third. In his seventh and final inning of work, Carroll again struck out the side.
The Terrapin offense provided more than enough support. After knotting the game at 1-1 in the first, Maryland took the lead with a three-run second spurred by White's RBI single.
Maryland added to the lead with an unearned run in the fifth, and then put the game out of reach in the sixth. After White led off with a bunt single, Kiene drilled a home run down the right-field line to make it 7-1. Left fielder Michael Montville followed with a solo shot to left, giving the Terps back-to-back homers for the first time since Feb. 27, 2010.
In the eighth inning, Convissar's bases-loaded double made it 10-1 and Andrew Amaro's RBI groundout brought the margin to 10 runs, bringing into effect a prearranged 10-run rule.
Purdue's Lance Breedlove (1-1) allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings of work and was saddled with the loss. Second baseman Eric Charles and right fielder Barrett Serrato led the Boilermakers offensively with two hits apiece.
Notes: With four games taking place Saturday at Clark-LeClair Stadium due to yesterday's rain outs, the 10-run rule was in effect after seven innings for all of the games ... Maryland is the lone team in the Keith LeClair Classic to have won both games ... Sander Beck pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Terps ... redshirt freshman Greg Olenski and sophomore Jake Stinnett both had singles in their first at-bats of the season ... freshman Matt Bosse made his Maryland debut, pinch-hitting in the seventh then playing right field ... Convissar is the first Terp with four hits since May 4, 2010 ... Kiene raised his batting average to .400, Convissar to .389 and Jordan Hagel (2-for-3) to .375.
HOME OPENER: Maryland will play its home opener next Friday, March 2, at 3 p.m. against Manhattan. The Terps and Jaspers will also play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon before finishing the series Sunday at 1 p.m.