The Maryland baseball team edged Virginia 5-4 in the opening game of a Super Regional matchup Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Terrapins now hold a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three series.
UVa starting pitcher Nathan Kirby had his shortest outing of the season, going 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits and five runs. Whit Mayberry pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless relief, giving up three hits and no runs and striking out six.
The Cavaliers finished the game with four runs on nine hits, but left 14 runners on base. Mike Papi finished 3-for-3 with an RBI, while Brandon Downes went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Maryland took an early lead with a run in the top of the first. Charlie White led off the game with a double and eventually came around to score on an RBI groundout by Lowe.
The Cavaliers answered in the bottom of the first to tie the game. Daniel Pinero drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Papi's single. Joe McCarthy was hit by a pitch to load the bases before the next batter, Derek Fisher, was hit as well to force in the first Cavalier run.
In the bottom of the third, Papi scored to make it 2-1 when Derek Fisher reached on a throwing error by the Maryland third-baseman.
The Terps retook the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth. Jose Cuas delivered a one-out single that was followed by a double down the left field line by Blake Schmit. Cuas scored the tying run on an RBI single from Tim Lewis. Schmit scored to give the Terps the lead on a sacrifice bunt from Kyle Convissar, before Anthony Papio's two-out double scored Lewis to extend the lead to 4-2.
The Terrapins took a 5-2 lead with a run in the top of the fifth. White singled to lead off the inning. He moved to second on a passed ball and third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Lowe's sacrifice fly.
The 'Hoos scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3. Downes had a one-out double and came around to score on a two-out RBI single by Branden Cogswell.
The Cavaliers had a two-out rally in the bottom of the eighth to cut the lead to 5-4. Cogswell walked and moved to third on a single from Pinero. Papi's single up the middle drove in Cogswell to bring Virginia within one run.
UVa tried for one final rally in the bottom of the ninth, but left two runners on base.
Virginia and Maryland meet for game two of the series on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Davenport Field.