The No. 17th-ranked Virginia baseball team lost its first game of the 2013 season Sunday, falling 4-2 to Maryland at Davenport Field.
The Terps led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, when the Cavaliers staged a late rally. They got a one-out RBI single from Downes to close to within 4-2. The Cavaliers had two runners on with two out, but Reed Gragnani grounded out to second base to end the game.
UVa starting pitcher Nick Howard got the loss after pitching 6 1/3 innings and allowing just one earned run. Virginia finished with six hits, with Brandon Downes picking up a pair.
“We’re not going to win them all,” Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said. “I don’t know of a college baseball team that has gone 56-0 in the regular season. We have a very good club, and we’ve shown that over the first four weeks of the season."
While the Cavaliers had their 14-game win streak snapped, they still claimed the series after sweeping a doubleheader Saturday. UVa’s 14-0 run to open the year was the second-best start to a season in program history.
The Cavaliers conclude their 14-game homestand at 5 p.m. Wednesday when they face Liberty. UVa travels to Clemson next weekend for a three-game ACC series with the Tigers.
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