COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The West Virginia University baseball team fell 4-2 to Maryland on Tuesday afternoon in the final midweek game of the season at Bob “Turtle” Smith Field.
The loss gave West Virginia (27-20 overall) its first ACC defeat of the season, finishing the year with a 6-1 record. It also marks the fourth-straight loss by the Mountaineers after being swept at Kansas last weekend.
A pair of line drive sacrifice flies to left field in the first inning and third inning off the bat of senior first baseman Ryan McBroom
gave WVU a 2-1 lead after three innings.
A two-run bottom of the fourth inning put Maryland ahead 3-2 as Kevin Martir had an RBI single to left field and LaMonte Wade successfully executed a safety squeeze bunt.
The lead extended to 4-2 in the bottom of fifth when Jose Cuas reached on a throwing error by senior third baseman Michael Constantini
with no outs. Cuas scored from second on an RBI single up the middle by Tim Lewis.
It looked like Maryland was going to extend the lead in the bottom of the sixth when it loaded the bases with no outs, but the second triple play of the season by WVU got the Mountaineers out of the jam.
Brandon Lowe lined the first out to Constantini, who threw it home not realizing he caught it on the fly. Junior catcher Cam O’Brien threw it back to Constantini, who tagged third for the second out and threw to junior second baseman Billy Fleming
at second base to complete the feat.
Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd
went 3-for-4 with one run and McBroom finished with two RBIs. Senior right-hander Corey Walter
(1-5) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits with one walk.
Cuas, Lewis, Martir and Charlie White each had two hits to lead the Terrapins. Right-hander Bobby Ruse (7-2) picked up the win in relief, allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings with one strikeout and one walk.
West Virginia will travel to Texas Tech from May 15-17 for the final Big 12 series of the season. Thursday’s game will begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s finale begins at 3 p.m. Links to live video and live stats will be available on WVUsports.com, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.