The Maryland baseball team's wild ride through the NCAA Tournament continued Saturday as they upset Virginia, 5-4, in the first game of their best-of-three Super Regional in Charlottesville.
Maryland (40-21), which had not been in the NCAAs since 1971 or even won a game there since the year before, now is 4-0 in this tournament. Game 2 is Sunday at noon, and a Maryland win would land the Terps a spot in the College World Series. If Virginia (47-14) wins Sunday, then it all comes down to Game 3 Monday at 4 p.m.
Starter Jake Stinnett (8-6), picked by the Cubs in the second round of this week's draft, got the win. He gave up three runs in six innings. Bobby Ruse and Kevin Mooney combined to throw the final three innings. Mooney came on with runners at first and third and two outs in the eighth and Maryland holding a two-run lead. He gave up an RBI single before retiring three in a row. Virginia then got a single and a hit batter with two outs before Mooney retired the next batter to end it.
The Terps were trailing, 2-1, when they took charge with a three-run fourth. Tim Lewis tied the game with an RBI single, and the Terps went ahead when on a Kyle Convissar bunt. He was thrown out at first, but Blake Schmit scored from third. Anthony Papio then added an RBI double to left-center to bring in Lewis for a 4-2 lead.
They made it 5-2 when Charlie White scored on a Brandon Lowe sacrifice fly in the fifth. Virginia added runs in the sixth and eighth, but Maryland hung on and is now one game away from the College World Series.