Early Uprising

Visiting Maryland scored all of its runs in the first three innings, then made them stand up for an 8-7 win over West Virginia on Wednesday.

The Terps pounded WVU starting pitcher Stephen Morrison for eight runs (seven earned) in the first three innings. Morrison also battled control issues, yielding five walks to the 17 batters he faced. Maryland scored twice in the first, once in the second and added five runs in the third to account for its scoring output.

WVU was able to keep pace early on. After falling behind 2-0, the Mountaineers tied it up on Jedd Gyorko's RBI double and Vince Belnome's single. WVU again responded to a Maryland score in the second, parlaying two hits and an error to make the score three-all.

Maryland's big inning then followed, putting the Terps up 8-3. West Virginia continued to battle back, as Grant Buckner's three-run homer in the fifth cut the lead to 8-6. One inning later, Gyork blasted a solo shot to bring the Mountaineers within one at 8-7, but three Maryland relievers combined to shut WVU out over the final three innings. In all, the Terps used six pitchers in the win.

Gyorko was 3-5 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored, while Belnome, Dan DiBartolomeo and Joe Agreste had two hits apiece. West Virginia left 13 runners on base in the contest.

WVU now heads back into the conference homestretch, starting with a three-game weekend series against Rutgers at Hawley Field beginning Friday. Relief pitcher Andy Altemus helped hold Maryland in check, scatter six hits over six innings.


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