Big Inning Propels Terps Past JMU, 10-5
Feb. 27, 2013
HARRISONBURG, Va. - Maryland broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the fifth inning with seven runs keyed by a bases clearing triple by LaMonte Wade to defeat James Madison, 10-5, Wednesday at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.
Wade drove in three runs for the Terps, while Michael Montville added two RBI. Jordan Hagel and Blake Schmit each finished 2-for-3. Schmit finished with three runs scored and hit Maryland's first home run of the season. A solo shot off of Dukes' starter Ben Garner in the second inning.
In its weekend series against Oakland, Maryland (5-3) scored four or more runs in at least one inning in three of the four contests. Against the Dukes, the Terps displayed that offensive explosiveness once again. After James Madison (2-6) tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, the Terps erupted for seven runs in their next turn at bat.
Charlie White led off the inning with a walk and promptly stole second for his ACC-leading 11th stolen base of the season. After Jordan Hagel was hit by a pitch, K.J. Hockaday delivered the Terps' first run of the inning. Hockaday singled up the middle to score White for Hockaday's fourth RBI of the season.
Kyle Convissar followed and reached on fielder's choice. With the bases loaded, Wade tripled to left-center field clearing the bases and picking up three RBI to put the Terps up 7-3. Wade increased his season RBI total to six, which is tied for the team lead with Hagel.
James Madison made a pitching change following Wade's triple, but it didn't slow down the Terrapin offense. Matt Bosse doubled down the left field line scoring Wade. Montville added a two-RBI double two batters later to cap Maryland's inning.
Bobby Ruse entered the game in the fifth after four innings from Terrapin starter Jake Drossner, who was making his first career start. Ruse pitched two perfect innings to put the Terps firmly in control. Drossner gave up four hits over his four innings of work, striking out two and allowing three runs.
White got the Terps off to a fast start in the first inning with a single to begin the game. Hagel later doubled to left field to score White and put Maryland up 1-0. The Terps tacked on another run in the second inning when Schmit led off the inning with solo home run to left field. JMU tied it up at 2-2 in the bottom of the frame.
Ruse earned the win, his first of the season. Garner took the loss for James Madison.
Maryland returns home this weekend for a four-game series against Princeton beginning Friday at 4 p.m.