Mandatory Credit: The Baltimore Sun
South Carolina had won 28 straight postseason games at home. Maryland had never won two games in the NCAA tournament. But heading into Columbia, none of that mattered.
The Terrapins stunned the home crowd and came away with an exhilarating 4-3 win behind a big third inning. Charlie White got on base, and Lowe started the RBI string as the Terps built a 4-0 lead after two innings. But the Gamecocks wouldn’t go down without a fight.
Second baseman D.C. Arendas got a two-out single, which drove in their first run of the game when Kyle Martin came home. Then in the sixth inning, the Gamecocks drove in a run from a double off of first baseman Kyle Martin, then a sac fly from third baseman Joey Pankake made the game close and cut the lead to 4-3. But it was the Terps pitching that saved them over and over again.
In the ninth inning, South Carolina got a leadoff single. After reliever Kevin Mooney recorded his first strikeout, South Carolina got a break when second baseman Brandon Lowe ran to second to pick off Gene Cone, the runner on first, and the ball blooped to shallow left field. South Carolina took advantage and had runners on the corners with just one out. With tensions rising, Mooney’s location paid off and forced South Carolina into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play. And just like that, the Terps made history.
With another remarkable win on the season, Maryland has now recorded ten wins this season against top-25 teams. The Terps advance to the regional finals and just one win away from the Super Regionals. As a wise man once said, “survive and advance.” And Maryland is doing that in remarkable fashion. Well done, boys.