LaMonte Wade did it again for Maryland.
With Monday's decisive regional tied, 0-0, in the third inning, UCLA’s Trent Chatterton flied out to Wade in center with a runner on third base. Darrell Miller, Jr. tried to test Wade’s arm, something that Wade flexed in an earlier game between these two teams this weekend.
With help from the positioning of catcher Kevin Martir, Miller was tagged out to keep the game scoreless.
It was that momentum -- and perhaps the emphatic spike of the baseball from Martir after the home plate umpire signaled that the runner was out -- that fueled Maryland on Monday night in a 2-1 win over UCLA to advance to the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament.
Maryland freshman Taylor Bloom threw 6+ innings and surrendered just one hit, also working out of jams caused by two errors behind him defensively. He left with a 2-0 lead in the seventh.
Kevin Mooney relieved him in that inning, which was extended after a possible double play ball was dropped by second baseman Brandon Lowe. UCLA would take advantage by driving in a run to make it 2-1, but Mooney would pitch out of a jam with two men on to preserve the lead.
Mooney would finish out the game, though not without dramatics in the ninth inning.
UCLA worked to get runners on first and third with two outs in the one-run game. Miller, Jr. came to the plate and worked a deep count against Mooney before striking out looking on a breaking ball over the plate.
It is the second year in a row that the No. 1 national seed does not advance to the Super Regional. Last year, Oregon State was eliminated. This year, Maryland takes out UCLA.
The Terrapins now advance to the Super Regional round to face Virgina. This marks the second straight Super Regional berth for Maryland.