TOWSON, Md. – Junior righthander Charlie Haslup pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn his fourth win of the season as the University of Maryland (26-19) handed Towson University (20-21) a 9-1 loss in a non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at John B. Schuerholz Park.
Haslup and three other Maryland pitches combined to scatter seven hits and strand 15 Tiger base runners in the win. Towson left the bases loaded three times and stranded two runners in three other innings. The Tigers had 18 base runners in the game and were 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
The Terrapins outhit the Tigers, 14-7.
Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the first inning by scoring a two-out run. Tiger righthander Nick Cioffi hit first baseman Tomo Delp with a pitch. He advanced to second base when freshman third baseman K.J. Hockaday singled to centerfield. While Cioffi was pitching to sophomore Kyle Convissar, Delp stole third base. Moments later, Hockaday broke for second base trying to steal. Delp scored the first run while junior catcher Andrew Parker was throwing out Hockaday, who got in a rundown between first and second before sophomore second baseman Pat Fitzgerald tagged him out.
Trailing by 1-0 in the bottom of the first, the Tigers put two runners on base before sophomore leftfielder Kurt Wertz grounded out.
The Terrapins extended their lead to 2-0 in the second inning. Convissar led off with a single and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt by designated hitter Jack Cleary. After he stole third base, he scored the Terps’ second run when senior centerfielder Korey Wacker laid down a squeeze play bunt.
In the bottom of the second, the Tigers made a strong bid to tie the game. Freshman first baseman Brendan Butler led off the inning by reaching base when he was hit by a pitch. Parker followed with a single to give the Tigers two runners on base with no outs. Senior centerfielder Ben Winter tried to bunt the runners over but popped up to the pitcher, sophomore righthander Brady Kirkpatrick. After Kirkpatrick struck out sophomore shortstop Hunter Bennett, Fitzgerald drew a walk to load the bases. But, the Tigers left the bases loaded when junior third baseman Zach Fisher grounded out to second base.
In the third inning, senior shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez led off with a double and scored on a one-out single to right by Delp. The Terps proceeded to put runners on second and third with one out before Cioffi struck out Convissar and retired Cleary on a ground ball to first base.
In their half of the third, the Tigers loaded the bases. A triple by freshman Peter Bowles was followed by Wertz reaching on a fielder’s choice and Butler reaching when by a pitch. But, Kirkpatrick picked Butler off first base before Parker struck out, ending the threat.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers finally scored a run but they left the bases loaded again. Winter led off the inning by reaching base on an error. After Bennett grounded into a force play, Fitzgerald drew a walk. When Fisher walked to load the bases, Haslup relieved Kirkpatrick. Haslup walked sophomore rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono to force in a run, making it a 3-1 lead. But, Haslup got Bowles to ground out to first as Delp threw home to retire Fitzgerald on a force play. Haslup pitched out of the jam when Wertz grounded out to shortstop.
In the fifth inning, Maryland broke the game open, scoring four runs on five hits. Junior rightfielder Jordan Hagel led off with a double to left field. With one out, Hockaday doubled to right centerfield, scoring Hagel. However, Hockaday was thrown out by Winter and Fitzgerald, trying to stretch his hit into a triple. With two outs, the Terps strong together four straight hits to add three more runs. Convissar and Cleary hit back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by freshman righthander Paul Beers. Sophomore leftfielder Michael Montville increased the lead to 6-1 with a two-run single to left. After he stole second base, Wacker singled up the middle as Montville scored for a 7-1 advantage. Wacker was thrown out trying to steal second, ending the inning.
Trailing by 7-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers experienced more frustration. After a double by Parker and two walks, they had the bases loaded with one out. But, Fitzgerald popped up and Fisher was called out on strikes as the Tigers left the bases loaded for the third time.
In the bottom of the sixth, singles by Fratantuono and Wertz gave the Tigers two runners on base with one out. But, Haslup retired Butler on a popup and Hagel made a great catch in rightfield to rob Parker of an extra base hit.
In the bottom of the seventh, Winter led off with a double down the rightfield line. He moved to third base when Bennett grounded out. Fitzgerald then hit a fly ball to Wacker in centerfield. Winter tried to score on the short fly ball but Wacker threw him out at the plate.
After the Terps scored four runs in the fifth, the Tiger bullpen settled down. Beers shut out the Terps in the sixth and seventh before senior righthander Tyler Austin pitched a one-two-three eighth inning.
In the ninth inning, Maryland added a pair of insurance runs. Rodriguez led off with a walk. Then, freshman Matt Bosse hit a pinch hit home run, upping the lead to 9-1.
Hockaday, a product of John Carroll High School, led the Terps with three hits and he drove in a run. Convissar also added three hits for Maryland and scored a pair of runs. Delp went two-for-four.
Kirkpatrick and Haslup teamed up with sophomore lefthander Jamie Pashuck and sophomore righthander Jake Stinnett to scatter seven hits. They walked seven and struck out four. They also hit two batters. Pashuck and Stinnett each pitched a scoreless inning.
Bowles and Parker led the Tigers with two hits each while Fisher, Wertz and Winter accounted for the Tigers’ other three hits.
Cioffi suffered the loss as he allowed three runs on five hits in three hits. Freshman righthander Taylor Clarke pitched one scoreless inning of relief before Beers gave up four runs on seven hits in three innings. Senior righthander Tyler Austin pitched the final two innings. He allowed two runs on two hits with four strikeouts.
When Austin struck out Montville in the eighth inning, he broke the Towson University career record for strikeouts. Bryan Simmering (1999-2001) held the old mark with 176 strikeouts. Austin now has 180 strikeouts in 184 innings in his career.
The Tigers and the Terrapins will meet in a rematch tomorrow night in College Park at 6:00 p.m.