Freshman Preston Warner tied the score with a pinch-hit home run and Jeff Bengtson drove in the winning run with a double as Maryland rallied in the ninth inning to beat Virginia, 8-7, yesterday in an Atlantic Coast Conference baseball game at Shipley Field in College Park.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Terrapins (13-15 overall, 5-6 in the ACC). Virginia is 26-10, 7-4.
"This is the biggest (hit) I can think of," said Warner, who had three singles in 11 at bats coming into the game. "He's (Coach Jack Jackson) been coming to me lately in the late innings. So I'm used to the situation."
After Warner homered with one out, left-hander Steve Rudd (1-1) walked Bryan Davenport. Rudd struck out Alex Pauley, but Davenport stole second. Bengtson, a left-handed hitter, followed by lining a 1-2 pitch into the alley in left to bring home Davenport.
"The coach had confidence to keep me in against a lefty," said Bengtson, from Springbrook High School.
Virginia had taken a 7-6 lead in the eighth inning by scoring three runs, two of them unearned, against starter Erik Weisskopf. After Dennis Barth walked and Bill Narleski reached on an error by third baseman Chris Stark, Jeff Booker doubled to bring home the first run of the inning. Woody Hall tied the score on a sacrifice fly and David Horton drove in Booker with a fly out to left field.
Maryland scored early off Yogi Biggs, who had a 5-1 record and a 2.95 earned run average entering the game. The Terrapins got three runs in the first, on a two-run single by Bengtson and Scott Patterson's sacrifice fly.
Virginia tied the score at 3-3 in the second inning with two hits against Weisskopf. Maryland came back in the bottom half of the inning to go ahead, 4-3, on Pauley's RBI single.
Narleski tied the game again for Virginia, 4-4, with a homer in the fourth.