Terps clip ECU for best
start in 25 years
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East Carolina miscues
helped set the stage for a bases-loaded, ninth-inning single by senior
shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez that drove in the deciding run as Maryland
defeated the host Pirates 2-1 on Sunday in the final game of the 2012
Keith LeClair Classic.
The score was tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth
when the Terrapins found themselves with runners on all three bases after a
single by junior rightfielder Jordan Hagel, two East Carolina throwing
errors and a hit batsman. Freshman righthander Drew Reynolds came on to
relieve sophomore righty Tanner Merritt and faced Rodriguez, who delivered a
line drive into left field, bringing in freshman pinch runner Andrew Amaro.
A pair of mistakes by Maryland starting
pitcher Brett Harman, a senior righthander, allowed the Pirates to gain a
1-0 advantage in the third inning. Senior second baseman Tim Younger reached
base on a walk, moved to second on a Harman throwing error and advanced to
third on a single by junior centerfielder Philip Clark. Younger then scored
on a failed attempt by Harman to pick off Clark at first.
The Terps tied the score two innings later
when freshman third baseman K.J. Hockaday singled to left on an 0-2 count,
knocking in freshman rightfielder Jordan Hagel.
Maryland improved to 5-1 with the victory, the
program's best start since 1987. The Terps swept through the LeClair Classic
with three wins, claiming the de facto crown for the round-robin event.
On Saturday, Maryland shut out Western
Carolina 3-0 and followed that later in the day with an 11-11 pummeling of
Purdue in a contest that was ended after eight innings.
In Sunday's other game, the Boilermakers
crushed WCU 14-2, picking up its second win of the weekend.
Purdue got by ECU on Saturday 6-4.
East Carolina's lone triumph in the event came
at the expense of the Catamounts on Saturday. The Pirates
slipped by WCU 3-1 behind the
pitching of junior southpaw Tyler Joyner a clutch two-run double by senior
catcher Zach Wright.
The informal order of finish for the teams in
the LeClair Classic:
East Carolina 1 2
Western Carolina 0 3
East Carolina will be back in action on Friday
when it hosts Stony Brook at 5 p.m. to begin a three-game weekend series.
02/27/12 06:42 AM.
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