Eric Potter had one hell of a game, Maryland scored in three consecutive innings, and the Terps completed a come-from-behind victory to complete a series sweep of the Army Black Knights, winning the final game of the series 3-1.
Potter (1-0) allowed one earned run in 7 1/3 innings on four hits and two walks, striking out six. Until a walk with one out in the eighth ended his day, the senior southpaw had retired 12 straight batters.
Army took the lead in the fourth after an RBI single by JT Watkins scored Kevin Mckague, who reached base on a double.
Jack Cleary led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, and when an apparent double play ball hit by Alfredo Rodriguez was botched by Army, the Terps ended up with runners on second and third with no outs. A sacrifice fly by Tomo Delp scored Cleary, and the Terps tied it up.
After a Ryan Holland single started the bottom of the sixth, Jake Stinnett reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second. Curtis Lazar singled him home, and Maryland took their first lead of the game, 2-1. In the bottom of the seventh, Stinnett scored Delp on an RBI groundout, and the Terps increased their lead to 3-1.
After getting Zach Price to ground out, Potter walked Brent Peterson on four pitches and was pulled by Erik Bakich in favor of Creighton Hoke. Hoke hit Clint Moore with a pitch, got McKague to fly out, and hit Ben Koenigsfeld with a pitch, loading the bases. Bakich put in Chuck Ghysels, the presumed closer for the Terps, who struck out Joey Henshaw on a nasty pitch in the dirt, getting the Terps out of the jam.
Ghysels was able to close the door in the ninth, striking out Sean McIlroy and Brent Peterson to end the game and get his first save as a Terp.
The Terps have five days off before another weekend series in College Park, facing off against Canisius starting Friday at 3:00 p.m. ET.