Baseball Opens Up ACC Play With Loss At Georgia Tech

Pope. Image from ramblinwreck.com.

While all of you were watching men’s basketball lose a heartbreaker to Duke, there was another conference loss suffered by a Terps team. Maryland baseball lost their ACC opener in a tight one at Georgia Tech, by a score of 1-0.

Terps’ ace Sander Beck got the start on the mound, and did what he’s done all year – pitched a good game, but not good enough to get the win after a lack of run support. Beck pitched six innings, allowing one run on six hits and three walks and striking out four.

The only run in the game was scored in the bottom of the fourth. After Beck opened up the inning with a ground out and a strike out, Brandon Thomas hit an infield single. Mott Hyde and DeAndre Smelter both walked, loading up the bases for Kyle Wren. The freshman center fielder singled up the middle, scoring Thomas and giving the Yellow Jackets a lead they would not relinquish.

The story of the game was Georgia Tech’s junior starting pitcher Mark Pope. Pope, a junior from Marietta, Ga., pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out six without walking a single batter. Maryland’s four hits (all singles) came from Alfredo Rodriguez, Tomo Delp, Charlie White, and Brandon Padula.

Keep in mind Georgia Tech is a marquee program (Nomar, anyone?), and this is a game Maryland would have never even been in previously. Coach Bakich is doing something special, folks.

Maryland continues the series tomorrow with a game at 4 p.m. ET. The Terps will look to get their first conference win of the season.

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