Maryland Snaps Losing Streak With Win Over Tigers
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 05/04/2010
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Steve Rice had a two-run double against Maryland.
Courtesy:PJ Dunn

TOWSON, Md. - Freshman first baseman Gary Schneider banged out four hits, including three doubles, as the University of Maryland (16-33) took advantage of six errors by the Tigers (16-31) as the Terrapins handed Towson a 10-5 loss in a non-conference game at John B. Schuerholz Park on Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to snapping their nine-game losing streak, the Terps won the season series from Towson, two games to one. In early March, Maryland pulled out a 4-2 victory before Towson edged Maryland on April 21 by a 3-1 margin.

Junior righthander Blair Delean and two relief pitchers combined to hold the Tigers to five runs on eight hits as the Tigers lost their third consecutive game.

The Tigers, who made a seasonal high six errors, surrendered eight unearned runs to the Terps.

In the top of the first inning, the Terrapins took advantage of some sloppy fielding by the Tigers to take a 2-0 lead. It marked the seventh consecutive game that Towson fell behind in the first inning.

With one out, freshman catcher Zach Fisher started the rally with a double to left centerfield. Schneider drove in Fisher when he lined a hit down the left field line. Schneider's hustle enabled him to stretch his hit into a double. Freshman leftfielder Kurt Wertz's throw to second base was on target but Schneider avoided the tag by junior second baseman Chris Wychock as he stretched his hit into a double. Freshman righthander Mike Bronakoski retired sophomore centerfielder Matt Marquis on a ground ball to third base for the second out.

It appeared as if Bronakoski might escape the inning when senior rightfielder Matt Tehansky hit a ground ball to second base. However, Wychock's throwing error allowed Tehansky to reach base as Schneider scored an unearned run to give Maryland a 2-0 lead. Moments later, Tehansky stole second base and went to third base on a throwing error by sophomore catcher Brian Wyman. However, Bronakoski escaped the inning with no further damage when he struck out senior second baseman David Poutier.

Trailing by 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the Tigers tried to rally. With one out, Wychock reached base on a bad-hop single. After junior righthander Blair Delean struck out junior designated hitter Steve Rice, junior third baseman Austin Harclerode singled to rightfield, extending his hitting streak to 19 games. With the tying runs on base, Delean pitched out of the inning when Wertz grounded out to second base.

The Terps missed a chance to increase their lead in the third inning, With one out, Schneider hit his second double of the game, another shot down the left field line. However, Wyman threw Schneider out as he tried to steal third base.

Maryland added two more unearned runs in the fourth inning to increase its lead to 4-0. With one out, sophomore Brandon Padula reached base on an infield single. With two outs, sophomore third baseman Matt Murakami singled to rightfield as Padula advanced to third base. After Murakami stole second base to put two runners in scoring position, sophomore shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez hit a ground ball to third base. When Harclerode made an error, both runs scored to give Maryland a 4-0 lead. Bronakoski retired the side when Fisher popped up to shortstop.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Tigers cut their deficit to 4-2. With one out, senior first baseman Steve Yarsinsky drew a walk. After he advanced to second base on a wild pitch, Wychock singled to right, putting runners on the corners. Another wild pitch by Delean enabled Yarsinsky to score, pulling the Tigers to within 4-1. With two outs, Harclerode singled to left, driving in Wychock to make it 4-2. But Delean struck out Wertz to end the threat.

With the help of two more Towson errors, the Terps rallied for six runs in the fifth inning to build a 10-2 lead. Facing freshman relief pitcher Mike Volpe, Schneider opened the inning with his third double of the game. After a walk to Marquis, Tehansky grounded into a force play as Marquis was out at second base. Poutier bunted for a single, scoring Schneider to make it 5-2. Tehansky advanced to third base on Volpe's throwing error as Maryland had two runners in scoring position. After Volpe struck out Padula, Poutier and Tehansky pulled off a double steal, giving Maryland a 6-2 lead. Volpe should have been out of the inning when sophomore designated hitter Tyler Bennett hit a ground ball to shortstop. But junior Nick Natoli's throw was wide and Maryland had runners at the corners.

Murakami's double off the left field fence drove in Poutier to give the Terps a 7-2 advantage. Rodriguez followed with a two-run single to left, giving the Terps a 9-2 lead. Fisher doubled to send Rodriguez to third base before Schneider's second hit of the inning, a single to left field drove in Rodriguez. However, Wertz threw out Fisher trying to score, ending the six-run inning in which five runs were unearned.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Tigers rallied to pull with 10-4. Senior rightfielder Kevin Collins led off with a single and Yarsinsky drew a walk. With one out, junior designated hitter Steve Rice doubled to right centerfield, driving in two runs. But Delean settled down and retired Harclerode and Wertz on infield ground balls to retire the side.

Delean, who earned his third win of the season, pitched six innings against Towson. He allowed four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out six.

In the seventh inning, the Tigers threatened again. Wyman reached base when he was hit by a pitch from freshman lefthander Jimmy Reed, Sophomore centerfielder Ben Winter lined a single to centerfield, sending Wyman to third base. Winter advanced to second base on an error by Marquis in centefield.

But Reed settled down and retired the next three hitters. When Natoli grounded out, Wyman scored to make it a 10-5 game. But the Tigers could get no closer.

Sophomore righthander Matt Passauer came out of the Maryland bullpen to shut down the Tigers in the final two innings, nailing down the 10-5 victory.

Junior righthander Tyler Bugna, sophomore righthander Sean Bertrand, senior righthander Nate Curd, and junior righthander Drew Permison each threw one scoreless inning of relief for the Tigers.

While Schneider went four-for-four, he scored two runs and had two runs batted in. Rodriguez added two hits and drove in two runs while Murakami had three hits and scored twice. Fisher also added two hits, both doubles.

Maryland, which had seven doubles in the game, outhit Towson by a 15-8 margin.

Winter, Wychock and Harclerode each had two hits for the Tigers.

The Tigers return to action this weekend when they travel to North Carolina State University for a three-game series.

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