After an exciting, come-from-behind 13th inning walk-off victory over Army in the first game of this weekend set, Maryland (4-3) clinched a series victory over the Black Knights (1-5) with a 3-0 shutout at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Saturday afternoon.
David Carroll (2-0), a transfer from Western Nevada, started the game for the Terps, and pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Carroll allowed five hits and two walks, striking out four. It was the junior’s second start of the year, and he moved his ERA down to 0.67.
Michael Boyden (1-0) came in relief for the Terps, earning his first save of the year. The junior transfer from Northwest Shoals CC (Ala.) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out David Darnell swinging to end the game.
The Terps scored two runs off Army starter Logan Lee in the first inning, in completely opposite ways. Alfredo Rodriguez led off the inning with a walk, took second on a SAC bunt, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Tomo Delp ground out. The next batter, Brandon Padula, hit a home run to left, the first at Smith Stadium this year.
In the fifth, Rodriguez singled with one out, advanced to second on a throwing error by Lee, and then made it to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Korey Wacker, who went 3-3 with a stolen base the day after pitching four scoreless innings in relief, singled A-Rod home, and that was the end of the scoring for the day.
The last game of the series is tomorrow, February 27th. The first pitch is scheduled for noon ET.