Maryland moved to 3-3 on the year with a big win at home in the first game of a three-game weekend set against Army, defeating the Black Knights 7-6 in 13 innings thanks to a bases loaded Tomo Delp walk.
The Black Knights took an early lead in the third inning after back-to-back doubles by Clint Moore and Kevin McCauge off Sander Beck scored three runs. Beck, Maryland’s ace this season, threw six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out 11 in a no decision.
The Terps came fighting back, scoring two runs in the fourth on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice, and taking the lead in the sixth on a sac fly and a throwing error. The score was 4-3 Maryland in the seventh when lefty Jimmy Reed was brought in. Reed struck out Zach Price and hit Steve May with a pitch, and Erik Bakich brought in Chuck Ghysels, who has struggled early in his much-hyped Maryland career. Ghysels gave up two runs in the innings, giving Army a 5-4 lead, and a wild pitch by Michael Murphy in the eighth made the score 6-4. But Maryland was not done yet.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Terps rallied against Gunnar Carroll. After a Michael Montville ground out led off the inning, Jake Stinnett walked and Curtis Lazar struck out. Ryan Holland singled Stinnett to third, Jack Cleary singled both home, and the Terps had tied the game at 6. There was a scary moment as Alfredo Rodriguez was hit by a pitch in the helmet – the ball even ricocheted all the way down to first base – but Rodriguez was fine and stayed in the game.
In the bottom of the tenth, Stinnett was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. There was a wild pitch to Charlie White, and Stinnett took off for second. The third baseman didn’t slide, however, and was thrown out.
Charlie Haslup and Korey Wacker were clutch in relief for the Terps. Haslup did not allow a base runner in 1 2/3 innings, striking out three. Wacker, who started the game in center field, pitched the last four scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit and getting the win.
Maryland continues the series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. ET.