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.
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.
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.”
“[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.”