Maryland's Reed helps Terps hand No. 5 Florida State first loss of season
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Left-handed starter Jimmy Reed held No. 5 Florida State to two earned runs and five hits over eight innings to power Maryland (12-5, 2-2 ACC) to a 5-3 victory against the previously unbeaten Seminoles Friday night at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
Reed kept the FSU offense in check for most of the night and the Terps responded with a strong offensive effort in support of their senior starter. Shortstop Blake Schmit made a vital play in the top of the third ranging across the infield throwing to his left to record the third out of the inning stranding two Seminole runners in scoring position.
Second baseman Kyle Convissar made several important stops on sharply hit balls and left fielder Matt Bosse chased a long fly ball deep into foul territory for an important second out in the Florida State (16-1, 3-1 ACC) seventh.
The game turned in the Terps favor in the sixth inning. After Seminole starter Brandon Leibrandt retired the first hitter of the inning, Jordan Hagel singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. K.J. Hockaday walked forcing a call to the bullpen for Florida State.
With Convissar up, the Terps called the double steal moving the runners to second and third. As Florida State's defense closed in to prevent the squeeze, Convissar smacked a 1-2 pitch back up the middle to score Hagel and Hockaday and put the Terps ahead 3-2.
The Noles got the run back in the eighth to tie the game. In the bottom of the inning, Hagel tripled to lead off the frame. Hockaday once again drew a walk to give the Terps runners at the corners.
LaMonte Wade would deliver the big blow of the inning. After Hagel scored on wild pitch, Wade doubled to the right-center field gap to plate Hockaday from second and give Maryland a two-run cushion at 5-3.
Kevin Mooney relieved Reed in the ninth and promptly struck out Casey Smit. Mooney got the next two batters to record the first save of his career. Reed improved to 3-1 on the season. Florida State's Brandon Johnson took the loss falling to 1-1 on the year.
Hagel had three hits including a triple. It is his seventh multi-hit game of the season and third three-hit game, which leads the club. Convissar, who came into the game leading the team with 15 RBI, increased his total to 18. Jack Cleary finished 2-for-2.
The Terps and Seminoles exchanged runs in the opening inning. The Noles added one in the third and held a 2-1 heading into the sixth inning.