Terps Nipped By #12 Florida State, 4-3
March 17, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jaime Pashuck and Jared Price turned in five innings of scoreless relief, but 12th-ranked Florida State (18-1, 5-1 ACC) held off Maryland (12-7, 2-4) in the late innings for a 4-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
Pashuck and Price recorded timely outs to keep the Seminoles off the scoreboard in the fifth through the eighth innings. Pashuck went two innings giving up two hits and striking out one, while Price pitched three innings giving up only one hit with three strikeouts.
But Florida State's bullpen was equal to the task as it held the Terrapins scoreless over the final four innings.
Kyle Convissar extended his hitting streak to four games with two hits and added a RBI to increase his team-high total to 19. The junior has now reached base in 16 straight games. K.J. Hockaday also added two hits. Jack Cleary and LaMonte Wade each had a RBI.
For the Seminoles, Seth Miller had three hits including a leadoff triple in the third. Jose Brizuela and Giovanny Alfonzo each had two hits.
In a tightly contested series, Sunday's game did not deviate from the previous two. The Seminoles struck first in the top of the third inning. Miller led off with a fortunate triple down the left field line. Convissar tracked the ball well, but lost his footing near the line just before making the catch.
A groundout to second baseman Jose Cuas brought Miller home for the first run of the game. FSU added to its total when Brizuela singled to right field to score another run. Alfonzo followed with a RBI single to stake the Noles to a 3-0 lead.
The Terps got one back in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Papio drilled a ball off the left-center field wall for a triple and scored after Cuas grounded out to third. But the Seminoles went back up by three with one run in the fourth inning.
Maryland's bullpen held the line the rest of way. Price wiggled out of bases loaded jams in the sixth and seventh innings. The freshman relieved Pashuck with one out in the sixth and promptly struck out John Nogowski and induced a groundout to second to end the inning. In the seventh, Price struck out two Seminoles and closed the inning with a lineout to K.J. Hockaday at third.
While the bullpen held the Seminoles scoreless, the Terps only managed two more runs, both coming in the fifth. Cleary led off with a single and advanced to third on a double by Charlie White. Wade brought Cleary home with a sacrifice fly to center and White scored on a single up the middle by Convissar.
The Terps threatened in the sixth and the eighth, but left a combined five runners stranded in the two innings.
Terrapin starter Jake Stinnett, who was making his first career start, took the loss and fell to 1-2. Bryant Holtmann picked up his first win of the season and Robby Coles closed it out for his fourth save.
Maryland continues its nine-game homestand on Tuesday as James Madison visits Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium at 4 p.m.