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COLLEGE PARK, MD – Maryland baseball trailed at 12-8 heading into the end of the season Eighth inning and scored five runs in the final two innings to beat UMBC 13-12 on Wednesday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. Sam Hojnar finished with a two-RBI single and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, completing the wild comeback.

It was the Cardiac Terps' 12th comeback win, their ninth win in a last-ditch effort, and their third walk-off win of the season. That's what they are 8-1 in one-run games. Hojnar finished his career with six RBIs, three hits and one run.

Maryland (21-8) scored seven unanswered runs in the first two innings. UMBC (10-15) took the lead later in the seventh after Justin Taylor hit a grand slam to break an 8-8 tie. Chris Hacopian hit an RBI triple and Hojnar hit an RBI single in the eighth to cut the Terps' deficit to 12-10.

The Terrapins only had three outs to start the ninth, but Hacopian and Hojnar worked together again, this time ending the game in dramatic fashion. Hacopian hit an RBI single and Eddie Hacopian He went to field Hojnar and he delivered. Chris Hacopian went 3 of 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Elijah Lambros hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his fourth of the season. Lambros has home runs in consecutive games.

Eddie Hacopian, Kevin Keister And Devin Russell Everyone was beaten in one run. student in the first year Brayden Martin scored four runs, the best of his career.

The Terps are in action six pitchers in the competition. Alex Walsh earned his first win of the season after throwing 2.2 scoreless and hitless innings. Ryan Van Buren earned the start and struck out four batters in 2.2 innings.



Breaking down the action

  • Maryland scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Sam Hojnar locked at first base, but Brayden Martin scored from second base.
  • The Terps extended their lead with a six-run second inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Devin Russell Hit a sacrifice fly that allows the runner from third base to tag out and score. Elijah Lambros He then hit a two-run home run to center field. Two runners got on base for Hojnar and he brought them both home with a two-RBI single. Kevin Keister finished off the attack with an RBI double.
  • UMBC scored four runs early in the third but trailed 7-4. Two RBI singles between a two-run RBI single got the Retrievers back into the game.
  • Four Terps scored Lambros in the third inning to give them an 8-4 lead. Eddie Hacopian was credited with the RBI walk.
  • The Retrievers regained a run with an RBI double and trailed 8-5 in the fourth inning.
  • UMBC tied the game at 8-8 with a three-run home run from Matt Ryan.
  • The Retrievers loaded the bases in the seventh inning and Justin Taylor cleared the bases with a grand slam. UMBC took a 12-8 lead.
  • Chris Hacopian hit an RBI triple in the eighth inning to score Martin. Hojnar followed with an RBI single to make the deficit 12-10.
  • C. Hacopian hit an RBI single in the ninth to extend the game and fall behind 12-11. E. Hacopian walked to load the bases and Hojnar got his third hit of the day and drove home two runs, giving the Terps a 13-12 walk-off win.

Swope's take on the walk-off win
“I think it’s a culture thing, to be honest,” head coach said Matt Swope said. “If someone has been following us for the last three or four years, no trace is safe. We've always had that mantra and the guys really believe it's possible across the lineup. It's not a single person. That's not it.” Matt ShawIt is not just Chris Hacopian this year. Everyone makes their contribution during these years. That’s what we preach about, because a crime is distribution.”

Hojnar on his career performance

“[I’ve] “I just did the same thing I worked on with Coach Swope and some of the other guys,” he said. “I just focused on getting the pitch right and trusting the speed of my hands. “I just trust the process and trust that my swing will work, and it did today.

Numbers you should know

  • 1: Alex Walsh got his first win of the season.
  • 3: It was Maryland's third walk-off win of the season.
  • 4: Brayden Martin scored four runs, the best of his career.
  • 6: Sam Hojnar recorded six RBIs in the game, a career-high.
  • 8th: Maryland is 8-1 in one-run games.
  • 9: Maryland has nine wins in its final contest this season.
  • 12: The win was Maryland's 12th comeback win of the season.
  • 13: Chris Hacopian recorded the 13th multi-hit game of his first season.
  • 14: Hojnar recorded his 14th career game with three or more RBIs.
  • 15: The Terps have won 15 straight games against the Retrievers.
  • 18: Elijah Lambros hit his 18th career home run.
  • 22: Alex Calarco recorded the 22nd multi-hit game of his career.
  • 28: Hojnar recorded multiple hits for the 28th time in his career.
  • 41: Maryland is 41-13-1 all-time against UMBC.
  • 57: Maryland outscores its opponents 57-19 in the eighth inning or later.

Next

  • Maryland plays Indiana on April 5 in the first game of a three-game series at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. First pitch is at 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on Big Ten Plus and the Maryland Baseball Network.