Montville Leads Terps Past Princeton, 9-4
March 3, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Left-fielder Michael Montville's three-RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning highlighted a six-run fifth for Maryland (9-3) and helped the Terps defeat Princeton, 9-4, Sunday at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. With the victory, Maryland extended its winning streak to nine.
The victory secured a second-consecutive weekend sweep for the Terrapins. After taking four against Oakland last weekend, Maryland outscored Princeton 40-9 in the four-game series. In the Terps' nine wins this season, Maryland is averaging 9.44 runs per game.
Montville's fourth double of the season put an exclamation point on the junior's three-hit day. The native of Portsmouth, N.H., went 3-for-4 and drove in a personal-best five runs. It is Montville's first multi-hit game this season.
The Terps entered the bottom of the fifth trailing for the first time in the series. Princeton (0-4) scored three runs in the top half of the inning to erase a three-run deficit and took a 4-3 lead. With one out, Jordan Hagel doubled to right-center field to get the Terps going. After K.J. Hockaday walked, Maryland executed a double steal with Hagel taking third and Hockaday swiping second.
Kyle Convissar stepped to the plate and delivered with a single through the left side of the infield to score Hagel and tie the game at four. Convissar's RBI single was his 12th RBI of the year, which leads the team.
Hockaday then took home on a throwing error by the Tigers' pitcher Nick Donatiello to put the Terps back on top, 5-4. A LaMonte Wade single and a Blake Schmit walk loaded the bases for Montville. Montville drove the 2-2 pitch to the warning track in right-center field to plate three. Montville moved to third on the throw home as Wade slide in just behind Schmit.
Montville came home one batter later. Jack Cleary sacrificed to center for his third RBI of the season.
Maryland's bullpen pitched 4-1/3 innings of scoreless relief to lock down the win. Right-hander Bobby Ruse went 2-1/3 innings striking out two to improve to 3-0. Ruse replaced starter Alex Robinson with two outs in the fourth inning. Robinson completed 4-2/3 innings allowing five hits, three runs and striking out eight. Donatiello took the loss for Princeton.
The Terps opened the scoring in the second inning. Montville singled home Convissar and Wade to give Maryland a 2-0 lead. The Terps added another run in the third on a RBI single from Wade.
Maryland is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Liberty. The Terps and Flames are scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.