April 4, 2009
The game started out just the way the Terps would want it to. They got a man on, and used a two-run home run by Mike Murphy to get an early lead on Virginia. The Cavs answered right back. A lead off home run by Jarrett Parker cut the Maryland lead in half, only to see it grow back to two just a few innings later.
The plot would thicken in the sixth inning. Virginia used a four run rally capped off by a two run double by David Coleman to overtake the Terps and grab a 5-3 lead. Virginia starter Andrew Carraway would carry that lead through the sixth, but it all fell apart for the Cavs after that.
In the eighth, with the bases loaded Dan Benick launched one off of Virginia reliever Matt Packer deep into the trees in left-center for the grand slam which would be all Maryland needed. The Terps fended off a Cavalier comeback in the bottom of the ninth to walk away with the 8-7 win. The victory is the Terrapins first over the Cavaliers since 2002.
The rubber match between the two teams is set for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
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