Eighth inning rally lifts Virginia past Maryland, 5-3
HANK KURZ Jr.
Jun. 06, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kevin Doherty's three-run double capped a five-run eighth inning for Virginia and the Cavaliers beat Maryland 5-3 in the opening game of their super regional.
Doherty's hit came after the Terrapins (42-23) walked Joe McCarthy intentionally. The blast was almost caught at the wall by Terps center fielder LaMonte Wade, but he arrived at the wall as the ball hit his glove and couldn't hold on as the bases cleared.
"I had it for a second and then I just dropped it," Wade said.
Connor Jones (7-2), who allowed three hits and three runs in seven innings, got the victory, which puts Virginia (38-22) one victory away from a return to the College World Series. The Cavaliers reached the championship series last year before losing to Vanderbilt in three games. Josh Sborz finished for his 14th save.
Maryland ace Mike Shawaryn allowed seven hits and was replaced by closer Kevin Mooney after allowing consecutive one-out singles in the eighth.
Mooney (3-1) had allowed just five earned runs all season, but Kenny Towns and Pavin Smith greeted him with consecutive RBI singles. He got a second out on a comebacker, then walked McCarthy with two outs and before Doherty hit his first pitch deep to left-center.
"Pretty tough way for us to lose right there," Maryland coach John Szefc said. "We really have not lost many games in that fashion in a long time."
In his at-bats against Shawaryn, Doherty had grounded out and struck out twice.
"I was kind of overmatched by the fastball, I thought," he said, of his appearances against Shawaryn. "In that at-bat, I took the mentality to be very aggressive because I knew there was a high percentage chance they'd throw me the fastball because I looked so bad on prior at-bats. I just took that mentality to be very aggressive and pretty much don't let a fastball first strike pass, and I was aggressive and it all kind of worked out for me."
The Terps scored twice in the fifth after Jones, who sailed through the first four innings in 50 pitches, threw 35 as he walked the bases full. Wade, the Terps' leading hitter, was then credited with a double when his slicing liner went into sliding centerfielder Adam Haseley's glove, then popped out.
"I was trying to be too fine," said Jones, who walked five. "Those walks can't happen"
Virginia had scoring chances in the second with runners at first and third and one out, in the fourth with a runner at third and two outs, and in the fifth with a runner at third and nobody out. Shawaryn escaped each time, striking out the next two hitters in the fifth and getting a fly ball out.
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