March 7, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The 25th-ranked Maryland Terrapins held off an upset-minded Navy baseball team on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Midshipmen, 4-2, at Max Bishop Stadium. With the loss, Navy is now 5-6, while Maryland improved to 11-1.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Mids scored two runs with two outs, to make it a one-run game. But the Terps added a run in the top of the eighth and went on to claim their 10th-consecutive win.
Kyle Convissar was one of three Terps with two hits as he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. A pair of sophomores in Nikolai Simonsen, who started in left field and went 2-for-3, and Chance Jones, who drove in both Navy runs, led the Mids at the plate.
"I think there are some days when you win games and you don't get any better, and then there are some days when you don't get the results you want, but you feel like you might have gotten some positive signs. I think today was one of those days," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "Maryland is a very good team."
Maryland got on the board in the top of the third inning when first baseman Tomo Delp led off with a solo homer to left field. Convissar followed later in the inning with a two-out RBI single and then made it 3-0 in the top of the fifth with an RBI double.
Maryland starting pitcher Sander Beck allowed just two hits before Brandon Beans led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double down the left field line. Beck then issued a pair of walks to pack the bases before turning the game over to reliever Korey Wacker.
After a strikeout by Josh Moore, Jones drilled a single through the middle that brought in Beans and Greg Dupell to pull Navy within one run.
It looked like Navy might tie the game in the next at-bat when Greg Bryant
reached safely on a throwing error by Convissar at second base. As Convissar's throw got away from Delp at first base, Simonsen took off from third for home. But Delp's throw to catcher Jack Clearly was in time and he tagged a sliding Simonsen out at home plate to end the inning.
Navy would come no closer as the Terps added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning, and Jimmy Reed picked up his fifth save of the year by getting the final out in the bottom of the ninth.
In his first-career start, Navy's Stephen Moore threw fourth and two-thirds innings and allowed three runs off five hits. Moore, who was one of three rookie pitchers to see action on Wednesday, struck out three and issued just one walk.
Anthony Parenti and Brad Borosak combined for three and one-third innings of work, limiting the Terps to just one run on a sacrifice fly. Parenti replaced Moore and allowed one hit in one and one-third innings of work, while Borosak, who yielded the final Maryland run, picked up four strikeouts and didn't issue a walk in pitching the seventh and eighth frames.
"I was happy with our freshman pitchers today," said Kostacopoulos. "We've been preaching to them in the last week to throw strikes and trust your pitches - they did that today."
Beck struck out seven in five and one-third innings and allowed two runs off three hits as he improved to 2-0 on the season.
Navy will take on UMBC in a three-game series this weekend, beginning on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Baseball Factory Field in Baltimore.