Cavaliers Drop Diamond Tilt To Maryland, 10-3
April 6, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior catcher Kevin McDonald (Rockaway, N.J.) tied a career-high by going 4-for-5 with two runs scored to lead Maryland to a 10-3 victory over Virginia Saturday in ACC baseball action at Shipley Field. The Terps collected 15 hits on the day and scored in every inning except the sixth to cruise to the win.
In the first, Maryland scored one run on a RBI-single by freshman left fielder Will Frazier (Mitchellville, Md.) to take the early 1-0 lead.
In the second, the Terps tacked on another run, this time on a RBI-single off the bat of junior center fielder Daryl Whitmer (Waldorf, Md.) for a 2-0 advantage.
Virginia got into the scoring column in the third with a run of its own. Catcher Scott Headd delivered a sacrifice bunt to score UVa’s first run of the game and cut the lead to 2-1.
The Terps scored one run on one swing in the third when junior shortstop John McCurdy (Crofton, Md.) belted his team-leading 14th home run of the season over the fence in left. The home run also moved McCurdy into seventh place all-time in single season history with his 14 homers.
The Cavaliers tied the contest at three in the top of the fourth when they scored a pair of runs. Shortstop Mark Reynolds came through with a two-run single for Virginia to deadlock the game at three.
Maryland busted the game open in the home half of the fourth with four runs to take the lead for good at 7-3. Whitmer got things started with his third home run of the season, a two-run shot, to put Maryland up 5-3. Later in the frame, McCurdy added a RBI-double and Frazier delivered a RBI-groundout to make the score 7-3 Maryland.
In the fifth, Whitmer collected his fourth RBI of the game with a RBI-groundout to extend the lead to 8-3. The four RBIs for Whitmer tied a career-high and he also tied a career-best with three hits on the day.
The Terps added another two runs, one in the seventh and one in the eighth, to close out the scoring at 10-3.
Maryland starter Jared Stuart (Corning, N.Y.) was dominant on the mound for the Terps. He tossed a season-best 7.0 innings and held UVa to three runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Virginia starter Joe Koshansky (1-3) was the loser after allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 4.0 innings of work.
With the victory, the Terrapins improved to 20-10 overall and 1-7 in the ACC while Virginia fell to 17-15 on the year and 6-5 in the conference.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Shipley Field.