Maryland's strong pitching beats No. 1 Georgia Tech, 2-1

Pfinsgraff allows Jackets just five hits in 7 2/3 innings

College Baseball

April 03, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Ben Pfinsgraff and Michael Meagher made all the pitches and their teammates made all the right plays yesterday as Maryland defeated top-ranked Georgia Tech, 2-1, in baseball.

Pfinsgraff gave up just five hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings against one of the nation's top hitting teams, and Meagher closed the door by retiring all four batters he faced.

Truan Mehl was 3-for-3 and drove in both Maryland runs. The Terps left just four men on base in the game.

Maryland (14-15, 4-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat its first top-five team in nearly two years, with the last win coming over No. 5 North Carolina State on May 3, 2003.

Pfinsgraff threw a season-high 131 pitches, including 78 for strikes, on his way to winning his fourth game of the season.

Meagher entered the game with runners on first and second in the eighth inning and got a groundout to end the Yellow Jackets' threat. He earned his second save in the last three games.

After recording his 50th career double earlier in the day, the Terps' Will Frazier extended a hitting streak to 10 games with a 1-for-2 day at the plate.

Nick Jowers and Elliot Singletary scored for Maryland.

Maryland got on the board in its first at-bat, turning a leadoff triple by Singletary into a 1-0 advantage when Mehl hit a bloop single.

Georgia Tech (22-6, 12-2) tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out RBI single by Steven Blackwood.

The Terps went back on top with a pair of hits and a run in the top of the third. Maryland will try for the series win today at 1:30 p.m. when Ryan Moorer (0-4, 10.80 ERA) faces Georgia Tech's Blake Wood (4-0, 3.93 ERA).

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