Baseball: WVU Narrowly Falls to Maryland

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • April 11, 2012 08:31 PM
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The West Virginia baseball team fell to Maryland, 3-0, on Wednesday night at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

The Mountaineers dropped to 14-20 while Maryland improved to 22-13 with the victory.

The teams combined for only seven hits, with Maryland outhitting WVU, 4-3. The Mountaineers stranded seven base runners on the evening, with two runners being thrown out at home and one at third base.

Maryland took the lead with one run in the third inning off of Mountaineer starter Zach Bargeron. The sophomore lasted 2.1 innings in his second career start, surrendering two hits and four walks.

Maryland's Tomo Delp delivered the decisive blow with a ground out to third base, scoring Korey Wacker from third base, allowing the Terrapins to take the 1-0 lead. Wacker had led off the inning with a single to first base that WVU was unable to field, and then stole second and third.

The Terrapins and Mountaineers were then scoreless until the sixth inning, as WVU freshman reliever Pen Nakazato pitched 3.1 innings, allowing one run on two walks with a strikeout. Maryland added its insurance run off of left-hander Caleb Ross, who replaced Nakazato in the sixth and allowed a bloop single to Ryan Holland that scored Tim Kiene. Ross pitched 0.2 innings, allowing one run on one hit with one walk. Right-hander Dan Dierdorff finished out the game for West Virginia, giving up one hit in 1.2 innings.

First baseman Ryan McBroom had two of WVU’s three hits, and center fielder Bobby Boyd added the third base knock.

Brady Kirkpatrick took the win for the Terrapins in relief. Kirkpatrick allowed just one hit in five innings, while striking out two and walking four. Starter Michael Boyden lasted just three innings and held WVU to two hits. Charlie Haslup earned the save with a perfect ninth inning.

The Mountaineers now fall to 18-34-1 in the all-time series that began in 1899. Maryland has won the last two contests after taking last year’s game 10-6 in Morgantown.

West Virginia will travel directly to Rutgers for a road BIG EAST series from April 13-15 at Bainton Field. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m., while Saturday’s and Sunday’s games begin at 1 p.m.