Seven Run Seventh Sends Terps Past Marist, 9-3
March 12, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Trailing 3-2 in the seventh inning, Greg Olenski doubled to center field to spark a seven-run bottom of the inning to help Maryland (11-5, 1-2) defeat Marist, 9-3, Tuesday at Bob "Turtle" Smith to extend its home unbeaten streak to nine.
After Maryland starting pitcher Jake Drossner went one inning, the Terps received a stout performance from the bullpen as six different pitchers held Marist (4-7) to one run over the final eight innings. Jaime Pashuck entered in the second and pitched three scoreless innings while holding the Red Foxes to three hits to keep the Terps in the game.
The Terrapin bats backed up the bullpen in the seventh. Trailing 3-2, Olenski started the inning off with a double as the hard hit ball fell in front of the Marist's center fielder after taking a few missteps. Olenski would reach third after Matt Bosse was hit by a pitch and Charlie White laid down a perfect bunt down the third-base line for a single.
With the bases loaded, Jordan Hagel ripped a ball off the third baseman's glove and down the left field line to score Olenski and Bosse. After K.J. Hockaday moved White to third and Hagel to second with a sacrifice bunt, the Terps reloaded the bases when Kyle Convissar was hit by a pitch.
White scored on a fielder's choice, which allowed LaMonte Wade to reach first, to increase Maryland's lead to 5-3. The Terrapins added another run when a runner was forced home on a hit by pitch. Blake Schmit blew the game open when his groundball to the shortstop went under the fielder's glove to plate two.
Casas and Robert Galligan kept the Terps within one run in the sixth inning. With runners at second and third, Galligan entered the game and promptly stuck out the only batter he faced. Casas followed Galligan and induced a groundout to second to end the inning stranding two runners in scoring position.
The Terps finished with 12 hits led by three from Hagel. Hagel finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Hagel along with Olenski and Kevin Martir each had a double to increase the Terrapins' season total to 37. Maryland entered the game tied for 20th nationally in doubles.
Convissar, Hockaday, Olenski and White all added two hits apiece. Martir and Hagel led the team with two RBI each.
Today's matchup was originally scheduled as part of a doubleheader, but the schedule was adjusted due to inclement weather.
Maryland continues its homestand Friday as the Terps welcome 12th-ranked Florida State to Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. Game one of the series is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.