With the Maryland baseball team trailing Old Dominion 3-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning of their NCAA Regional opening round game in Columbia, S.C., the Terps got weird. One rally cap wasn’t enough for junior Andrew Amaro, who went with the less conventional five-stack look.
An RBI single by Charlie White cut the Monarchs’s lead to one, and Old Dominion pitcher Brad Gero hit Brandon Lowe and Jose Cuas on consecutive pitches with the bases load to give the Terps their first NCAA tournament win since 1970. The Terps will play the winner of Friday night’s South Carolina-Campbell game on Saturday.
“There is never a sense of doubt in the dugout for us,” Cuas said after the game. “We’ve been playing about as well as any team in the country in the month of May. We never doubt each other whether we are up or we are down.”
The first thing I thought of when I saw Amaro was the peddler in Esphyr Slobodkina’s classic children’s book “Caps For Sale.” Anyone else?
Elsewhere, No. 1 seed Virginia downed Bucknell, 10-1, in their opening round game.