Maryland beats No. 20 UCLA 5-1
Harman shuts down Bruins, striking out eight in five innings
LOS ANGELES -- Brett Harman went five strong innings and Maryland jumped out to an early lead on the way to a 5-1 victory against No. 20 UCLA Sunday afternoon to clinch a series victory.
Tim Kiene went 2-for-4 with his second homer in as many days and freshman K.J. Hockaday had two hits for the second consecutive day as Maryland (2-1) got its first series win on the road since March 14-15, 2009, at NC State.
Making his first start since May 20, 2010, Harman was nothing short of spectacular in five innings of work. The senior showed no signs of rust, striking out two in the first, second and third innings, and retiring eight in a row after issuing a walk in the first inning.
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Harman allowed the ball to leave the infield just once, when Tyler Heineman hit a chopper up the middle for a single in the fourth. But after Heineman's base knock, Harman set down three in a row to seamlessly end the inning.
And after getting into a little trouble in the fifth by hitting a batter and allowing an infield single with two outs, Harman induced a groundout to first base to escape. He finished his day with eight strikeouts and one walk, while surrendering just two hits.
Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the first when UCLA second baseman Kevin Kramer dropped a fly ball in shallow right field, allowing Charlie White - who led off with a walk - to score from third.
A two-out rally in the second increased Maryland's lead to 2-0. On a full count, K.J. Hockaday doubled to the gap in left-center field, and Jack Cleary followed by ripping a shot over the center fielder's head.
In the third, Tim Kiene doubled to right-center field and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Convissar, increasing the Maryland lead to 3-0.