Terp Baseball Drops to North Carolina
Maryland gives Mike Roberts his 750th victory
March 7, 1998
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina baseball coach Mike Roberts won his 750th game at the helm of the Tar Heel program Saturday afternoon as Carolina defeated Maryland, 8-5, to win its ninth game in a row. Roberts has compiled a record of 750-409-3 in his 20-plus seasons in Chapel Hill.
Carolina scored eight runs despite collecting just seven hits, manufacturing runs with six walks and seven stolen bases. Tar Heel shortstop Brian Roberts swiped five bases and has 24 steals on the season.
Both teams were scoreless through the first three innings before Maryland struck first in the top of the fourth. Casey Trout led of the inning with a single to left, advanced to second on a single by Jason Mohap and scored on a single by Jason Schlegel.
Maryland starter Jamie Hammond was perfect through three innings before UNC rallied to tie the score at one in the bottom of the fourth. The Tar Heels loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsman. Brian Roberts scored on an RBI single by Dan Moylan. Hammond pitched his way out of the jam, however, allowing just one run after UNC loaded the bases with no outs.
The Terps went back up in the top of the fifth when Brian Patenaude singled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and a ground out and scored on a Larry Long RBI single.
Carolina manufactured two runs in the bottom of the fifth on one hit. Pinch hitter Kevin Davidson walked and advanced to third on a passed ball. Roberts then walked and stole second. Jarrett Shearin drove home Davidson and Roberts with a single to left.
The Tar Heels broke the game open with five runs in the sixth, including a two-run home run from Rob Miano.