Maryland baseball’s four-game winning streak ended Friday afternoon after a disappointing loss to defending MAAC regular season champions Canisius, losing 5-4 after a late Golden Griffins comeback.
Maryland ace Sander Beck (0-1) took the mound for the Terps, and pitched to his lead for yet another no decision. The junior from Severna Park allowed three runs on four hits and five walks in five innings, striking out five.
The Terps took the lead in second on a two-run home run by Michael Montville. It was the freshman’s second homer of the year, giving him the team lead on the season. The Golden Griffins, who moved to .500 on the year with the win, chipped at the lead with an RBI ground out from first baseman Brian Burton in the top of the third.
After back-to-back singles by Jack Cleary and Alfredo Rodriguez led off the third inning, the Terps used small ball to bring them home. Korey Wacker bunted both runners over, and an RBI ground out from Tomo Delp scored Cleary to make Maryland’s lead 3-1.
Canisius tied up the game in the top of the fourth as Beck was unable to hold the lead. After giving up a lead-off single to Chris Gruarin, Beck hit Drew Pettit with a pitch. Andrew Russo bunted both runners over, and Beck got Will Chomicki to ground out to third for the second out of the inning. A Ryan Coppinger single brought in both Gruarin and Pettit, however, and the game was tied at three.
Matt Marquis led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to left-center, and advanced to third on a Cleary sacrifice bunt. With a 1-1 count on Alfredo Rodriguez, coach Erik Bakich put the squeeze on, and Marquis scored on the successful bunt to take the lead.
The Golden Griffins would not go away, and tied up the game in the top of the sixth with a two-out rally against reliever Michael Boyden. After Pettit lined out to right and Russo was caught stealing after a walk, Chomicki walked and Coppinger singled him to second. Shortstop Sean Jamieson singled Chomicki home, and the score was tied yet again.
In the top of the eighth, Chomicki led off with a double against Jimmy Reed, and advanced to third on a grounder to short. Closer Chuck Ghysels came in to pitch for Maryland, but gave up a single to Jamieson, scoring the eventual winning run.
Maryland had two runners on with two outs in both the seventh and eighth innings, but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. Billy Martin retired the side in the ninth to close out the win for the Golden Griffins.
Redshirt senior Shane Davis pitched seven innings for Canisiuis, allowing four runs on seven his and one walk while picking up his first win of the year.
The weekend set concludes tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at noon.