Maryland baseball takes 2 of 3 in crucial RPI series with Boston College

The Terps won two of their three games against Boston College this weekend, sweeping the double header Saturday and losing the final game Sunday. The pair of wins puts the Terps at 34-19 overall entering their final weekend series against Penn State starting Thursday. Here’s a breakdown of the action.

Saturday Game 1: Terps win, 8-1 (in 7 innings)

Maryland kicked off the weekend with a bang scoring six runs within its first three outs. The Terps batted around in the inning receiving contributions up and down the lineup, all with two outs. 

The scoring started with Kevin Keister walking in a run with the bases loaded and two out. The Terps second run scored thanks to an Eagle error and a couple of free passes afterward made the score 4-0. The only hit to drive in runs was Eddie Hacopians two-out double in his second at-bat of the inning improving the Terps lead to six. 

Maryland’s starter, Omar Melendez, took care of the rest pitching all seven innings allowing only Vince Cimini RBI single in the fourth inning. Melendez threw 89 pitches allowing four hits while walking only two batters and striking out four. Boston College had no extra base hits. 

Keister completed his three for three game with a solo home run in the third and double in the fifth coming around to score on a Devin Russell sacrifice fly. Maryland’s offense finished with 10 hits, three walks, striking out seven times. 

Saturday Game 2: Terps win, 5-3

The Terps started the scoring for the second game in a row scoring four runs in the top of the third. The first three Maryland batters of the inning all reached safely, loading the bases for Freshman Chris Hacopian. Hacopian took advantage, blasting a single through the left side of the infield driving in two. Jacob Orr also drove in a run with a single and the Terps scored another run on an Eagles error. 

Boston College answered in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of its own via a ground out and single, cutting the Maryland lead in half. 

Those two runs were charged to Maryland’s starter, Logan Koester. Koester pitched five innings only allowing those two runs to score on six hits. Koester threw 81 pitches striking out three and walking two Boston College batters. Koester ended his outing leaving two Boston College runners stranded on the bases.

Koester was followed by a strong bullpen performance by Maryland relievers Kenny Lippman and Logan Berrier. Lippman took the bulk of the relief effort pitching through three innings of work allowing only one hit. Berrier pitched the ninth inning earning his seventh save of the season despite allowing a run to cross the plate. The Terps pitching held the Boston College lineup eight hits while walking eight batters and striking out 10. 

Maryland only scored once more thanks to Chris Hacopian’s second hit of the game in the seventh. Hacopian’s two-out RBI single scored his brother Eddie providing Maryland with a much appreciated insurance run for the ladder two innings. Maryland’s lineup finished the game with six hits and five walks. The Terps struck out nine times. 

Sunday: Terps lose, 2-1

Sunday’s game was a pitching duel throughout with both teams taking a 1-1 tie into the final inning.  

Maryland’s 5-6-7 hitters were retired in order in the top half of the inning leaving Andrew Johnson to try and pitch a scoreless bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Boston College third baseman, Nick Wang, had different plans ending the game in the first at-bat of the inning. Wang blasted his tenth home run of the season celebrating the victory on his trot around the diamond. 

That was the only run Johnson gave up in his two plus innings holding the Eagles to just three hits in that span. Johnson followed a strong effort from Terps starter Evan Smith, who made his second start of the season, his first on a weekend. Smith faced 22 batters across six innings allowing only four hits. Smith walked one batter and struck out five giving up one run that came in the first inning. 

Smith was opposed by Northwestern transfer Michael Farinelli. Farinelli pitched five innings without allowing a run or a walk. Farinelli scattered five Terrapin hits before turning it over to Tyler Mudd and the bullpen. Mudd was the only Boston College arm to allow a run, giving up a solo home run to Freshman Chris Hacopian in the eighth. Eric Schroeder pitched the ninth inning earning his fifth win out of the bullpen. 

Boston College held the Terps to seven hits — Chris’ home run was the only extra base hit — one walk and the lineup only struck out four times. The Terps pitching held the Eagles to seven hits of their own, walking two and striking out seven. 

The win increased Boston College’s win total to 22 this season. 

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