Entering the final day of the Keith LeClair Classic with one win and one loss, No. 21 Maryland took on the East Carolina Pirates on Sunday in Greenville, North Carolina.
The Pirates eliminated the Terps last June in the NCAA tournament, and today marked their first meeting since.
Just like the previous game against Indiana State, Luke Shliger started the afternoon with a single on the very first pitch. Chris Alleyne then singled and Matt Shaw drove in Shliger on an infield ground ball.
In the bottom of the first, East Carolina leadoff hitter Bryson Worrell singled, but Jason Savacool picked him off at first base. The sophomore pitcher resumed where he left off from his last two starts with a nine-pitch inning.
Shliger continued to drastically raise his batting average this weekend with another single in the second inning and picked up his seventh stolen base of the season afterward.
Savacool ran into some trouble in the second with third baseman Alec Makarewicz and right fielder Carter Cunningham recorded back-to-back singles. They both advanced to scoring position and shortstop Zach Agnos brought one home on a bunt to tie the game at one.
Bobby Zmarzlak grounded into a double play in the third inning to give the Pirates a quick turnaround.
Worrell rocked a two-run homer into the right field seats to give ECU their first lead of the day. Then, after a Lane Hoover walk, a Jacob Jenkins-Cowart single, and a Makarewicz double, Cunningham flew out to center field and Alleyne threw out Makarewicz at third base.
Maryland was able to bring one run back as Maxwell Costes blasted a home run to make it a 5-2 game.
East Carolina starting pitcher Jake Hunter’s day was finished after 49 pitches through three innings. Sophomore right-hander Danny Beal was given the nod to replace Hunter.
With Troy Schreffler Jr. singling through the left side, Drew Grace struck out as Pirates catcher Justin Wilcoxen gunned down Schreffler at second base for a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play.
In the bottom half of the inning, Maryland turned two themselves to allow for a fast fourth inning.
Savacool finally retired the first batter of the inning for the first time in the fifth frame, but gave up a double to Hoover right after. Hoover then tagged up on a fly ball to center field, and after Matt Shaw misplaced the throw, Hoover was able to score and give the Pirates a four-run lead.
Nick Lorusso and Zmarzlak recorded consecutive singles in the top of the sixth with no outs, prompting East Carolina to bring in Skylar Brooks for relief. Jacob Orr then brought home Lorusso with a single.
In the seventh, Maryland loaded the bases without getting any hits, causing East Carolina to elect Ryder Giles to take the mound. However, for the third time in the game, the Pirates escaped a bases loaded jam with a Schreffler pop up to second base.
Savacool finished his day after seven innings of six-run ball. He allowed nine hits and two walks and notched five strikeouts. Five of his six runs were earned.
In the ninth, the Terps went down in order and fell to the Pirates by a final score of 6-3. The East Carolina win was their fifth straight, putting them above the .500 mark for the first time this season. This is only the second Maryland loss of the season, as they are now 9-2.