Coming off a win over Ole Miss on Friday night, Maryland baseball kept rolling with a victory over No. 1-seeded UCLA, 4-1, on Saturday night in the NCAA tournament's Los Angeles regional.
Thanks to timely offense and masterful work from the Maryland bullpen, the Terrapins now remain in the winner's bracket and await the winner of the elimination game between UCLA and CSU Bakersfield. Maryland will play that game Sunday at 11 p.m. ET.
UCLA scored first Saturday night, but Maryland took control from there and it might have been a defensive play that sparked it.
Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, a base hit up the middle sent UCLA's Christoph Bono home from second base, but Maryland centerfielder LaMonte Wade came up throwing. An expert block of the plate by catcher Kevin Martir stonewalled Bono, tagging him out and helping Maryland get out of the inning unscathed.
In the bottom half of that inning, senior outfielder Tim Lewis' two-run triple gave Maryland its first lead of the game, 2-1. A Wade solo home run and a Martir RBI groundout in the third pushed Maryland's lead to 4-1.
Starting pitcher Brian Shaffer left the game after just two innings. The bullpen took over from there.
Shaffer gave way to senior reliever Bobby Ruse, who pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, leading to lefty Robert Galligan and his 4.1 scoreless innings. Closer Kevin Mooney pitched a perfect ninth to close it out.
Saturday's win was the second of a two-game suspension served by head coach John Szefc.