April 16, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland (22-13) defeated the Navy Midshipmen (18-22) in a non-conference baseball matchup between the nearby schools on Wednesday by a score of 11-4. Seven late runs by the host Terrapins was the defining factor in a game that was 4-2 going into the seventh inning.
David Norman (Sr., Fayetteville, Ga.) led the Midshipmen with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate and one run batted in. Leland Saile (Fr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.) registered a team-high three RBIs on the afternoon.
On the mound, Stephen Moore (Jr., Roswell, Ga.) threw two scoreless innings and got a no-decision in a brief starting appearance. Tyler Ridgeway (Fr., Olympia, Wash.) was Navy’s top relief arm as he recorded all three of his outs via swinging strikeouts.
“It was a good, competitive ball game until the seventh inning; our bullpen was just unable to do their job,” said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. “Our relievers didn’t get ahead of many Maryland batters. We never got that guy to come out of the bullpen with good enough stuff to stem the tide and keep us in the game; that became a struggle for us in the seventh and eighth innings.”
“Offensively, we put together good at bats and only struck out once today. We didn’t chase a lot of bad pitches and we had some real hard hit outs. Though at the end of the day, the game boiled down to too many free passes and too much pitching from behind. You can’t beat a quality team like that pitching from behind.”
Navy got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning as the team took advantage of some wildness by Maryland's starter Zach Morris. After loading the bases with a mixture of a single, fielder’s choice and a walk, Saile stepped to the plate and took a walk to force in Drew Hayes
(So., Collegeville, Pa.).
Moore controlled his opposition from the ACC as he hurled two scoreless innings before leaving with the lead. In a predetermined short outing that served as his mid-week bullpen session, the junior struck out one Terrapin and gave up one hit and one walk. Moore’s second inning consisted of a quick three-up, three-down effort.
After Kyle Condry (Fr., Highland Village, Texas) got off to a hot start in relief of Moore with a three-up, three-down showing in his first inning of work, Maryland’s bats woke up in the fourth to the tune of four runs on four hits. The Terps’ third baseman Jose Cuas had the inning’s big hit as he launched his fourth home run of the season over the left field wall.
Navy responded in its next at bat as the team strung together three consecutive singles beginning with a one-out base hit by Travis Blue (Fr., Orange, Calif.). After Kash Manzelli (Sr., Dunwoody, Ga.) moved Blue over to third with a single through the right side, Norman stepped up and deposited a hit into short center field for the RBI.
Maryland looked to increase its lead out from 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth as Brandon Lowe led off with a single and quickly moved to second with a stolen base. After a sacrifice bunt moved the Terrapin base runner to third base with one out, Manzelli came up with a clutch play at first as he was playing in at his position and snagged a well struck ball by LaMonte Wade and looked Lowe back to third, while recording out number two. A call to the bullpen saw Ridgeway make his way to the mound in relief of Condry and strike out Nick Cieri to end the threat.
After a quiet top of the sixth for the Mids’ offense, Ridgeway went back to work versus the Terps’ bats and struck out two more batters before giving way to Kevin McKelvey (Fr., West Covina, Calif.), who retired Tim Lewis to end the inning.
With the game sitting at a 4-2 score, Maryland took advantage of a trio of freshmen Navy relievers and placed a five-spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh.
Now down 9-2, the Mids fought back in the eighth with a pair of runs. Saile came through with the big hit as he plated pinch-runner Patrick Brady (Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) and Brandon Beans (Sr., Hartsville, S.C.) with a double down the left field line and into the corner.
The Terps concluded the day’s scoring in the bottom of the frame with two final runs.
Navy attempted to cut into the 11-4 deficit one last time in the ninth and found some success versus Maryland’s reliever Jamie Pashuck as Robert Currie (So., Atlanta, Ga.) and Matt Kilby (Sr., Alexandria, Va.) worked walks, though both were eventually stranded.
For the game, Maryland outhit Navy, 13-7. Combined with five walks and a hit by pitch, eight of Navy’s nine starters reached base during the contest.
Morris earned the win for the Terps to improve to 1-0 on the year, while Condry took the loss with a final line of 2.2 innings pitched and two strikeouts with four runs allowed on five hits.
Navy will get back to Patriot League action this weekend with a home four-game series against the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh. The first games of both Saturday and Sunday’s doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at 12-noon at Max Bishop Stadium.