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Cardiac Cavaliers rally again, beat Maryland 5-4 in 9th


Cardiac Cavaliers rally again, beat Maryland 5-4 in 9th

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Ernie Clement lined a two-run single to left to cap a three-run ninth inning for Virginia and the Cavaliers beat Maryland 5-4 on Saturday to earn a return trip to the College World Series.

Clement's hit came after reliever Robert Galligan, brilliant for 7 1-3 innings for the Terps, allowed two walks and a single in the ninth, loading the bases with none out. Maryland coach John Szefc then turned to closer Kevin Mooney, who walked Kevin Doherty to force in one run before Clement's line drive hit.

Virginia (39-22) will return to Omaha, where it played in the final series last year before losing to Vanderbilt in three games. The Terrapins (42-24) saw their winningest season come to a crushing end.

On Friday, they led until Virginia scored five times in the eighth inning for a 5-3 victory, with Mooney, the program's career saves leader, again failing to deliver in the clutch.

Alec Bettinger (5-5) earned the victory with a perfect ninth in relief of Brandon Waddell, who went the first eight innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs while striking out seven and walking two.

Galligan had allowed just three hits when he went out to begin the ninth and the Cavaliers had not managed to get more than one baserunner against him in any inning until he walked Pavin Smith, allowed a single by Robbie Coman and walked Joe McCarthy on four pitches, loading the bases with no one out.

Galligan (4-5) came on after starter Ryan Selmer allowed four straight singles and two runs in the first. Galligan got two quick outs to halt a rally and frustrated the Cavaliers with a variety of off-speed pitches.

The Terrapins, who had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, added runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings, the last coming on a triple by Anthony Papio to make it 4-2 in the eighth.

Maryland tied it at 2-2 in the fourth when Papio led off with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on LaMonte Wade's popped up bunt that fell just beyond a diving Waddell's reach.

They used small ball again in the fifth to go ahead. Kevin Smith led off with a single, Patrick Hisle sacrificed and Kevin Martir singled him home. Martir also singled leading off the eighth inning, was sacrificed to second and scored when Papio laced a two-out triple to the wall in right-center.

Virginia went ahead in the bottom of the first, and knocked out starter Selmer in the process. Dabiel Pinero singled and scored on Matt Thaiss' double. Kenny Towns' single scored Thaiss and when Pavin Smith singled, the Terps pulled Selmer and brought in Galligan, who had made three starts this season.

The Terps took a 1-0 lead in the first as Wade walked, was sacrificed to second, took third on a grounder and scored on Nick Cieri's single.

MORE TERPS: Late Virginia rally drops Maryland in Super Regional Game 1

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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On a day when the wind made nearly every play an ugly one, Iowa's defense looked beautiful.

Nate Stanley threw for 86 yards and a touchdown and 19th-ranked Iowa pummeled Maryland 23-0 on Saturday for its third straight victory.

Anthony Nelson added a TD on a fumble recovery for the Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who held the Terrapins to just 115 yards and seven first downs on a day when wind gusts topped 40 mph.

"I'm really happy with our team's performance. When you play a team like Maryland, they really pose some unique challenges for us and you factor in the conditions on top of that," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "I thought our guys did a really good job of being focused."

Those conditions seemed like they might favor Maryland and its run-heavy attack.

But Iowa's front seven never let the Terrapins' attack get going, and its offense used the ground game to grab an early lead and control the ball for more than 40 minutes.

After settling for a pair of short field goals, Iowa went into halftime ahead 13-0 after Stanley found Brandon Smith for a 10-yard TD grab -- which Smith made with one hand -- with eight seconds left in the second quarter.

Nelson, a defensive end, made it 23-0 Hawkeyes late in the third quarter by falling on a botched handoff from backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the end zone.

"They controlled the line of scrimmage up front. When we did try to run it up inside, they did a very good job of stopping us," Maryland coach Matt Canada said. "The wind really limited us being able to throw the ball down the field to loosen them up."

Ivory Kelly-Martin ran for 98 yards for Iowa, which had its first shutout since a 28-0 victory at Illinois two years ago.

Kasim Hill was 6 of 15 passing for 47 yards and a pick for the Terps (4-3, 2-2), who ran for just 68 yards after entering play averaging 245 a game on the ground.

All three of Maryland's losses have come by at least 21 points.


Iowa: The Hawkeyes are really starting to round into form. If Iowa can upset Penn State next week in State College, talk of the Hawkeyes crashing the playoff party will only gain steam because they should be favored to win their last four games.

Maryland: The Terps' defense simply couldn't get off the field, time and again bullied by an Iowa offensive line that played arguably its best game yet. Illinois ran just 39 plays, compared with 76 for Iowa.


Iowa might make another big jump -- the Hawkeyes went from unranked to 19th last week -- after an utterly dominant performance. The Hawkeyes have won their last three games by 17, 26 and 23 points.


Maryland looked like it had a good shot at holding Iowa to another red-zone field goal late in the first half. But Byron Cowart got flagged for a personal foul following a Stanley incompletion from the Terrapins 22, and two plays later Stanley found Smith in the end zone.


Hesse, Iowa's senior defensive end, played perhaps the signature game of a brilliant career. Hesse knew exactly when to stay home and when to attack on Maryland's option plays, and he added a sack and two tackles for loss. "They give you a lot of different looks ... it all came down to what we did this week in practice," Hesse said. "Not to sound redundant or cheesy. That's just something you've got to practice."


Ty Johnson was the only Maryland player with more than one catch. He had two, for two yards. Iowa was 9 of 18 on third downs and 3 of 4 on fourth downs. Tre Watson and Isaiah Davis combined for 29 tackles for Maryland. The Hawkeyes wore out Maryland with a 17-play drive in the first quarter that consumed nine minutes and ended with a 23-yard field goal from Miguel Recinos. "Our objective is to get off the field on third down. Unfortunately, we understand when those long drives happen, it's because we failed to do that," Watson said.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion.