Looking to take the series from 13th ranked North Carolina, Maryland was riding the momentum from Saturday’s big win into Sunday. However, the Tar Heels proved too much for the Terrapins, as North Carolina won 9-4 to win the series.
Offense has been the problem all year, but the bats came alive on Sunday afternoon. The Terps overcame an early 5-0 deficit and got 11 hits. Right-fielder Anthony Papio led the way, going 3-for-3 with a RBI, including a crucial bunt in the eighth inning to get runners into scoring position. In the same inning, Maryland had runners on second and third, but were unable to bring the base runners home, putting only one on the board and cutting the deficit to 5-4.
As the offense got going late, so did the pitching. But it was the first two innings that Maryland was unable to overcome. Starter Kevin Mooney lasted just two innings, giving up three hits, five runs, and three walks. Five of the nine Tar Heel runs were scored in the first two innings. Mooney had trouble with location early and North Carolina took advantage.
A bad ninth inning allowed the Tar Heels to tack on four insurance runs, seemingly making a Maryland comeback near impossible.
Maryland fought hard throughout the game and came very close to winning two of three against a very talented UNC team. In the end, it wasn’t enough. The Terps will travel to Delaware on Tuesday, who Maryland beat last Tuesday 10-1.