Wade’s Two Homer Day Powers Terps Past #3 Virginia
GREENSBORO, N.C. – LaMonte Wade hit two home runs as part of a four homer effort to help Maryland defeat third-ranked Virginia by the score of 7-6 in its ACC Championship opener Thursday at NewBridge Bank Park. The Terps (35-19) recorded eight hits on the afternoon, six of which went for extra bases, to win their school record 35th game of the season.
Wade’s two solo home runs were half of the total the Terps hit Thursday. Kevin Martir and Charlie White each added one marking Maryland’s first four home run game since 2009, when the club totaled four against James Madison on April 28.
The turning point in the contest came in the Terrapin half of the seventh with the game tied at four. After Anthony Papio was hit by a pitch with two outs, Martir blasted his second home run in as many games to put the Terps up by two, the first two-run advantage for either team.
Wade hit what proved to be the game winner leading off the seventh. On a 0-1 count, Wade turned on a pitch up in the zone and sent it over the right-field wall for his second homer of the game becoming the first Terp to hit two home runs in a game since April of 2012.
“The [second home run] it was a 1-0 count and he hung a slider and I was able to elevate it,” said Wade. “It’s about sticking to our approach, the [home runs] weren’t on purpose they just happened with the good swings that we’ve been taking as a group, so just because the ball flies out we’re not going to change our approach.”
The Terps held off a Virginia (43-12) rally in the ninth with closer Kevin Mooney striking out John La Prise for the final out with the tying run at first for his 10th save of the season.
“We are not a home run hitting team, but obviously this ballpark plays differently than our home ballpark does,” said head coach John Szefc. “We were able to take advantage of it. You don’t normally go out and expect to score seven runs against Virginia.
“Those guys are tough. They battled back to tie it, and had a lead for a while and we just kept answering. I thought Jake [Stinnett] was his normal outstanding self and he bent but he didn’t break.”
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