One of Maryland’s biggest road series of the year did not go so well. After losing the opening game to Virginia 14-1, the Terps lost the second game in heartbreaking fashion, 4-2, and lost another close one in the final, 4-2.
We’re not going to spend too much time on the first game, because there’s not too much to say. Chuck Ghysels, who has been a reliever and a weekday starter for most of the year, started the game and allowed four runs in three innings. Sander Beck allowed ten runs in the fourth, but only two were earned – the Terps committed five errors in the game. Blair Delean followed up with four scoreless innings. UVA’s Danny Hultzen improved to 5-0, allowing one run in six innings with nine strikeouts, while Shane Halley got the save with three scoreless innings in relief.
In the second game, Maryland was able to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. In the top of the first, Charlie White scored on an error by Virginia shortstop Chris Taylor, and Alex Ramsay scored in the third on a Ryan Holland single. The Cavaliers got a run back in the bottom of the seventh on a David Coleman single, but it was the eighth that ruined the Terps’ night.
After Korey Wacker got two quick outs in groundouts from Taylor and John Barr, and then got John Hicks and Ryan Levine to hit grounders as well. Problem was, errors by Alfredo Rodriguez and Kyle Convissar on those two grounders allowed Virginia to continue the inning. Singles from Steven Proscia, Kenny Swab and Jared King scored three runs, giving the Cavaliers a 4-2 lead that they would not relinquish.
David Carroll pitched very well for the Terps (as usual), allowing only one run in seven innings of work.
In the third game, Maryland got out to an early lead again but was unable to hold it. In the top of the first, White scored on a sacrifice fly from Holland after leading off the inning with a double. In the top of the second, Kyle Convissar scored on a single by Jack Cleary.
In the bottom of the second, Virginia got all the run support they needed. After a lead-off walk from Proscia, Swab singled to short. Eric Potter struck out King and Proscia was caught stealing third, but the Hoos were able to put together an impressive two-out rally. Keith Werman was hit by a pitch, and Mitchel Shifflett singled up the middle, scoring Swab (the runners also advanced a base due to a throwing error). Taylor tripled in two runs and later scored on a wild pitch, leaving the score at 4-2.
Maryland is now 11-13 on the year, with a 1-8 record in ACC play. The Terps were 17-39 with a 5-25 conference record last season. The Terps’ season continues Wednesday, March 30 against George Mason.