Maryland Wins Series Opener over Wake Forest, 5-1
May 20, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Maryland starter Brett Harman allowed just one run and struck out 10 over 6.0 strong innings and David Poutier went 2-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the Terrapins to a 5-1 win over Wake Forest in the series opener on Thursday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Wake Forest falls to 16-37 overall and 6-22 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with the loss, while Maryland improves to 17-37 and 5-23 in the ACC.
Harman was dominant on the mound for the Terrapins and improved his record to 5-8 with the win. Harman gave up just one run on five hits, while striking out 10 Wake Forest batters over his 6.0-plus innings. Wake Forest starter Austin Stadler (3-4) pitched well, but was the victim of shaky defense. Stadler allowed five runs, just three earned, on eight hits over 7.0 innings, while fanning six. Adam Kolarek earned his first save of the season out of the Maryland bullpen, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings to finish the game.
Wake Forest reliever Justin Van Grouw was effective over his 2.0 innings, giving up just two hits without a run.
Matt Conway went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Deacs to extend his hitting streak to 16 straight games. Conway also recorded his fourth straight multi-hit game and his 17th multi-hit game of the year. Mark Rhine added a pair of hits for Wake Forest, while Mike Murray drove in the only run of the game for the Deacs and went 1-for-4. Steven Brooks extended his hitting streak to 10 games by going 1-for-3.
Poutier had a pair of hits and drove in two runs to lead Maryland offensively. Alfredo Rodriguez also had two hits and scored a run.
Maryland grabbed an early lead with two runs in the top of the first. Rodriguez reached on a two-base error on a dropped fly ball by Mac Williamson in right field to start the inning, but was promptly picked off at second base for the first out of the inning. With two outs, Brandon Padula was hit by a pitch and moved to third after Gary Schneider doubled down the left field line. Poutier drove home both runners with a single to left-center field.
The Terrapins added two more runs in the top of the second. Tyler Bennett singled through the left side to begin the inning and a sacrifice bunt by Jack Cleary moved him to second. Rodriguez reached second and Bennett came in to score on a two-base throwing error by shortstop Pat Blair. A single to left by Matt Marquis moved Rodriguez to third. Padula scored Rodriguez with a single to right field to put Maryland in front 4-0.
Wake Forest got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third. Trenton Langston and Rhine opened the inning with consecutive walks. After the next two batters struck out, Brooks walked to load the bases. Murray plated Langston on an infield single up the middle to cut the Maryland lead to 4-1. The Deacs were unable to tack on any more runs as Conway struck out looking to end the frame.
The Terrapins regained a four-run lead with a run in the top of the fifth. Schneider opened the inning with a walk and moved to third on a softly hit single to right by Poutier. With one out, Matthew Murakami laid down a bunt. Stadler's throw to Rhine covering first base was wild, allowing Schneider to score and advancing Poutier to third. Stadler retired the next two batters to limit the damage to one run.
Wake Forest had a chance to cut into the Maryland lead in the sixth, but ended up stranding the bases loaded. Brooks singled to center field to start the inning and moved to second on a one-out bloop single to left-center field by Conway. With two outs, Carlos Lopez walked to put a runner at every base. Langston struck out swinging to end the threat.
Wake Forest and Maryland continue the three-game series on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET). Sophomore righty Michael Dimock (2-9, 6.85) is the projected starter for the Deacs, while junior lefty Eric Potter (2-9, 8.33) is the scheduled starter for the Terps.
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