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Maryland won two do-or-die games on Sunday, beating UConn, 7-6 in 11 innings that evening to force a rematch of the teams tonight for the College Park NCAA Regional Championship. The Terps (48-13) and Huskies (48-14) are scheduled to play at 7 p.m.
It was Maryland’s third win in four games at its first hosting of the regional tournament. The Terps defeated Long Island University in a record-setting 23-2 blowout on Friday night, then fell to UConn 10-5 on Saturday afternoon before rebounding with a dramatic 10-5 victory over Wake Forest in an elimination game Sunday afternoon.
The Terps stayed alive Sunday evening as Nick Lorusso's single off the right-field wall brought home Kevin Keister for the walk-off win. Lorusso went 3-for-6 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Maryland raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Matt Shaw's single to center brought home Lorusso to open the scoring. Then Troy Schreffler Jr. blasted a two-run bomb to the left-field bleachers to give the Terps the three-run edge.
Lorusso launched his homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 4-0, Terps. UConn tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning after Nick Robinson was removed from the mound. Then Matt Shaw's ground ball in the second-base hole and a subsequent throwing error allowed Chris Alleyne to race around with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, putting the Terps up 5-4. Alleyne then scored on a Maxwell Costes single to right field to give the Terps a 6-4 lead. UConn tied the game in the top of the eighth at 6-6.
In just his second start of the season, Robinson gave the Terps a season-best five scoreless innings, giving up just four hits while striking out a season-high five.
The Terps used six pitchers out of the bullpen, including Friday night's starter Ryan Ramsey, who entered in the eighth inning and got the Terps to the 10th without allowing a run. Freshman Andrew Johnson (2-0) got the win in relief.
Buy tickets for the Terps’ rematch against the University of Connecticut at 7 p.m tonight at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium at umterps.com. The game will also air on ESPNU.
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