Harman, Maryland shut down UNC
Terrapins blank No. 4 Tar Heels, record sixth shutout of season
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's Brett Harman struck out eight in eight scoreless innings, K.J. Hockaday went 2-for-2 -- scoring the only run of the game -- and the Terps beat No. 4 North Carolina 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Maryland (14-6, 1-5 ACC) recorded its sixth shutout of the season -- it's most since 1972, when it also had six -- and improved to 5-3 against ranked teams on the year.
Harman led the way, matching his season high with eight strikeouts, scattering seven hits and stranding seven Tar Heels. The senior, who hasn't allowed an earned run in four of his five starts, improved to 3-1 on the year and lowered his ERA to 1.11.
North Carolina's (16-4, 5-1) Benton Moss (2-1) was also excellent, striking out a career-high 10 in six innings of work, while holding Maryland to four hits.
Hockaday, who is now leading the Terps with a .343 batting average, sparked a two-out rally in the fourth that proved to be the difference. The freshman worked an eight-pitch at-bat, eventually driving a 3-2 fastball to deep center field for a double. Center fielder Jordan Hagel then followed with a single through the left side on a 1-2 count to plate Hockaday and make it 1-0 Maryland.
That was enough for Harman, who was able to work out of trouble on numerous occasions. After striking out the first two batters in the second, a walk and an infield single put two runners on with two outs. But Harman struck out designated hitter Tom Zengel to end the inning.
Harman also stranded a Tar Heel on third base in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings, using strikeouts to end both the sixth and seventh.
Korey Wacker followed Harman, pitching a perfect ninth to earn his first save of the season.