by John Vittas
No. 13 Maryland (5-1) scored nine runs in the sixth inning to erase a five-run deficit en route to a 13-6 win over No. 28 Arkansas (4-2) at Stanky Field in Mobile, Alabama Sunday.
Arkansas committed four erros and the Terps stroked seven hits during the marathon frame.
The nine-run sixth began when Jose Cuas reached on a throwing error by Razorback shortstop Brett McAfee. Nick Cieri singled and Tim Lewis walked, prompting Arkansas to bring in closer Jacob Stone. Maryland proceeded to pound out six singles against Stone, two of which didn’t leave the infield. Arkansas committed four errors in the inning and Tim Lewis capped the rally with an RBI triple to make it 10-6 Terrapins. They tacked on two more in the seventh on a LaMonte Wade two-run double and scored once more in the eighth on an RBI double by Anthony Papio.
The nine-run inning is the largest of the season for Maryland. The Arkansas bullpen allowed 12 runs in a three-inning span after freshman starter Keaton McKinney tossed five innings of one-run ball.
The Maryland bullpen pitched six scoreless innings of relief to turn the team’s fortunes. Bobby Ruse (2-0) earned the win after putting up three zeroes in the middle innings to stop the Arkansas momentum. Zach Morris and Alex Robinson combined to pitched three scoreless inning of relief to close out the win. Brian Shaffer made his first career start and struggled, allowing six runs on eight hits over three innings.
Offensively, Kevin Smith led the way with three hits and a pair of RBIs. LaMonte Wade reached base four times and delivered RBI base hits in the sixth and the seventh. Brandon Lowe reached base three times and had the game-tying hit in the sixth.
Maryland is scheduled to play VCU in their home opener Tuesday at 4pm. They will host Appalachian State for a three game series next weekend. The Maryland Baseball Network will broadcast all of those games, with Terps Pre-Game Live beginning 30 minutes prior to first pitch.