Maryland's baseball season ends with 8-5 loss to West Virginia in Winston-Salem Regional

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — West Virginia rallied from a four-run deficit and then withstood a furious ninth-inning comeback attempt to defeat Maryland, 8-5, on Sunday at David F. Couch Ballpark and eliminate the Terps from the Winston-Salem Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament.

Maryland ended its season 38-23. The Mountaineers improved to 36-25 overall and moved on to face Wake Forest in the regional final. The Demon Deacons won, 12-8, to advance to the super regionals.

After trailing 4-0 heading into the top of the sixth, West Virginia scored eight runs over the final four innings to take what seemed to be a comfortable lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

But Maryland's Nick Dunn led off the ninth with a home run. The Terps then had runners at second and third with the potential tying run at the plate and only one out. West Virginia reliever Jackson Sigman struck out AJ Lee of Millersville and Brandon Gum to close out the game and complete the Mountaineers’ second win over Maryland in the regional.

“This is kind of a tough ending to our season,” Maryland coach John Szefc said. “It is not the way we would want it to end. Give our guys, our team, our coaches and our support staff all credit for getting us to this point.”
Unlike the opening game of the regional, when West Virginia trounced the Terps, it was Maryland that started the scoring Sunday.
Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley) hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center for a homer in the bottom of the second inning to score the game’s first run. The Terps then doubled their lead in its next at-bat on an RBI double from Gum.
West Virginia looked to respond quickly and was poised to do so in the top of the fourth inning.
The Mountaineers loaded the bases with no outs to chase Maryland starter Tyler Blohm (Archbishop Spalding). The Terps turned to John Murphy. The right hander summarily struck out the next three batters to keep West Virginia off the board.

In the fifth inning Gum left a bad taste in West Virginia’s mouth again. The senior hit Kade Stroud’s 2-0 offering over the wall and around the the foul pole in left for a two-run homer to extend Maryland’s lead to 4-0.

“That felt good,” Gum said of his home run. “It got a little bit of help from the wind I think.”

In the next half-inning West Virginia broke through. Darius Hill doubled and later advanced to third on a passed ball. Cole Austin then drove Hill home with a groundout to third base.
West Virginia scored two more runs in the top of the seventh. Braden Zarbnisky drove in a run on a groundout and Jimmy Galusky followed with an RBI double. The Mountaineers had runners at second and third with only one out, but pinch runner TJ Lake was caught stealing on a botched suicide squeeze. Ivan Gonzalez end the inning with a flyout to center.
The rally was completed in the top of the eighth. West Virginia pushed four runs across to take the lead for the first time in the afternoon.
“They got our bullpen pretty good in the second half of the game," Szefc said. “We couldn’t get them out, and that was the difference.”
Sigman (6-4), a sidearm right-hander, was the winning pitcher. He pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven and walking none.

[Sigman] has got a very good slider,” Gum said. “We saw him earlier in the year, midweek, and he wasn’t easy to hit then.”

Ryan Selmer (2-2) entered the game in the top of the eighth and allowed four runs on three hits while recording only one out to take the loss.
“Although this regional did not kind of work out the way we wanted it to, I know this coaching staff will walk away feeling positive about where things are,” Szefc said “We feel good about the guys that are leaving the program as far as the career that they have had.”

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