Terps Fall in Boston College Rubber Match, 4-1

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After a come-from-behind victory in the second game of the series gave Maryland an opportunity to take their first home conference set, the Terps’ offense failed to show up in the rubber match, losing to Boston College 4-1.

The Eagles were able to make the most of their opportunities in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs without a hit. Mike Sudol was hit by a pitch, and Matt Hamlet walked. Tom Bourdon bunted both runners over, and Sudol scored on a wild pitch. After a Brad Zapenas walk, Andrew Lawrence hit a sac fly to right, scoring Hamlet and giving Boston College a 2-0 lead.

Boston College extended their lead in the seventh, breaking up Eric Potter’s no-hitter in the process. Garret Smith led off the inning with a single through the left side, and advanced to second on a Matt Hamlet single. Tom Bourdon followed up with a single up the middle, scoring Smith and ending Potter’s day. The senior southpaw pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits with six walks against four strikeouts.

Maryland created an opportunity for themselves in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to capitalize. Gary Schneider was hit by a pitch,  and advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Tomo Delp. Tim Kiene walked, and Schneider stole third. With Alfredo Rodriguez up as the tying run and one out, Kiene was picked off of first by the double move – a fake to third and then a quick turnaround to first. A-Rod lined out to third, ending the Maryland threat.

The Terps were able to get a run back in the bottom of the ninth when a Kiene single scored Ryan Holland, but it was too little, too late. Maryland plays a one-game set against George Washington on Tuesday, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.