Maryland Pulls Away From Virginia, 10-3
April 6, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Virginia baseball team dropped a 10-3 decision to the Maryland Terrapins this afternoon in front of 607 spectators at Shipley Field. After UVa tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning, the Terrapins went on to score seven unanswered runs, including four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, en route to a seven-run victory. The win was Maryland’s first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season and evened the weekend series at 1-1.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the third inning, Virginia made it a 2-1 game when Chris Sweet singled and scored two batters later when Scott Headd laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Sweet from third base. Maryland took a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning when shortstop John McCurdy hit a solo home run. But UVa would score two more runs in the top of the fourth inning when Mark Reynolds hit a two-run single through the left side to drive in Dan Street and Robert Word to knot the game at 3-3.
But it was all Maryland after that, as the Terrapins regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored four runs, highlighted by a two-run home run by Daryl Whitmer, to make it a 7-4 contest. Maryland added a run in the fifth, seventh and eighth inning to extend its lead to 10-3 before wrapping up the game. The Terrapins scored at least one run in every inning except for the sixth.
UVa starting pitcher Joe Koshansky (1-3) took the loss, going four innings and surrendering seven runs on 10 hits to go along with three strikeouts. UMd’s Jared Stewart (4-1) earned the win after pitching seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits with a game-high five strikeouts.
With the loss, Virginia’s record drops to 17-15 overall, 6-5 in the ACC. The win improves Maryland’s record to 20-10 overall, 1-7 in the conference.
The Cavaliers and Terrapins will return to action on Sunday, April 7th when Virginia and Maryland play the final contest of the three-game weekend series. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be played at Shipley Field.