The Terrapins could not overcome a five-run eighth inning from the University of Virginia, falling 5-3 to the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Charlottesville Super Regional.
Heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Terps led 3-0.
In that frame, starting pitcher Mike Shawaryn—the winningest pitcher in Terps history—gave way to Kevin Mooney—the all-time saves leader—with one away and two on base.
The Cavaliers followed with two straight RBI singles to cut the Terps lead to 3-2. After a comebacker and an intentional walk, the bases were loaded for left fielder Kevin Doherty. Doherty deposited Mooney’s first offering off the fence in left-center field, clearing the bases and giving the Cavaliers a 5-3 lead.
The Terps could not muster their first hit against Virginia starter Connor Jones until the fourth inning, when Brandon Lowe singled with two outs. While Lowe was stranded, the Terps came through in the following inning, when Jose Cuas and Nick Cieri scored on a LaMonte Wade double for the first runs of the game. Then, in the seventh inning, a suicide squeeze from Kevin Biondic allowed Cuas to score again, giving the Terps an insurance run and a three-run lead.
It was in the next half-inning that Shawaryn, who held the Cavaliers scoreless through seven innings while striking out five, handed the ball off to Mooney.
Jones, despite surrendering all three of the Terps’ runs, was credited with the win. Josh Sborz, the Cavalier closer, came on in the eighth inning, allowing just one hit—a single to shortstop Kevin Smith—before retiring the Terps final five batters of the game.
The Terps and Cavaliers will play Game 2 tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. ET.