Feb. 23, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The Maryland Terrapins scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning and went on to defeat Navy, 8-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Stadium in College Park.
The Mids (0-4) rallied to cut the deficit to three runs in the top of the seventh inning, but the Terps (2-3) scored twice more in the top half of the frame to seal the game.
"It's tough to give up six runs in an inning to an ACC team and win," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "That was obviously a big inning and a turning point in the game."
Maryland starting pitcher Michael Boyden picked up the win on Wednesday and got off to a good start as he retired six consecutive hitters before Nick Driscoll and Dylan Wheeler both singled to start the third inning. Brandon Beans then reached on an error to load the bases with no outs, putting the Mids in position to score the first run of the game.
Andrew Hahn delivered in the next at-bat with a sacrifice fly to deep center field that scored Beans.
With two runners on, it looked as though Navy might have the chance to boost its lead, but Boyden ended the threat in the next at-bat as he got Alex Azor to ground into an inning-ending double play.
The Mids struggled to drive in runs throughout the game and went on to leave a season-high nine runners on base.
"We need to do a much better job of moving guys around the bases and then come up with a big hit when we need it," Kostacopoulos said."
The double play swung the momentum in Maryland's favor as it loaded the bases to start the bottom of the third inning and went on to score six runs off five hits take a 6-1 lead.
Korey Wacker drove in the first two runs with a double to left field, and two batters later designated hitter Tim Kiene knocked in two more with another single to left.
Another two-RBI single by Curtis Lazar made it 6-1.
Navy responded in fifth inning when Driscoll and Wheeler singled again in consecutive at-bats to start the frame and two batters later with runners at the corners, Hahn drove in his second run of the game with a groundout to first base.
Hahn pulled Navy closer in the seventh inning with his third RBI of the game. After Brandon Beans tripled to right field, Hahn drove him in with a single through the middle to make the score 6-3.
Navy left a total of five runners on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but with two outs and the bases loaded for Maryland in the bottom of the seventh inning, it appeared the Midshipmen might hold the Terps and keep the deficit at three runs. But a fielders-choice RBI by Charlie White, followed by an RBI single from Jack Cleary extended the Maryland lead to 8-3.
While Navy starting pitcher Zach Sipe exited after 2.1 innings, five Navy pitchers came out of the bullpen to hold the Terps to just six hits and two runs the rest of the way.
"I thought Taylor Cato did a nice job coming in and pitching out of a jam," said Kostacopoulos. "Dwayne (Gammage) is still learning on the mound, but he is going to get better every time he goes out there. Josh Elmore also got a big strikeout in a bases-loaded situation. I thought the younger guys did pretty well."
Cato, Gammage and Elmore collectively allowed no runs off five hits in a combined total of 3.1 innings.
Boyden allowed four hits, struck out four in four complete innings to earn the win for Maryland.
Navy will look to get in the win column when it travels to Kinston, N.C., this weekend for a three-game series with Air Force. The series begins Friday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.
"Air Force is going to be a huge challenge, but we've just got to keep moving forward and improving," said Kostacopoulos.
Andrew Hahn established a new career high with three RBIs ... His three RBIs were also a Navy season high.
Brandon Beans went 2-for-5, picking up his first-career double and triple.
Freshman pitcher Josh Elmore made his collegiate debut on Wednesday as he got a strikeout for the final out of the game.