Maropis went 2-for-4 with a home run.
March 19, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - For the second straight day, the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels came from behind in the seventh inning to win, defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 10-3, at Boshamer Stadium on Sunday. The Terps (8-13, 3-6 ACC) held a one-run lead late but gave up eight unanswered runs as UNC won the series, two games to one.
Matt Maropis went 2-for-4 with a home run and Chad Durakis was 2-for-4 with a double for the Terps. Starter Brett Cecil, who had six strikeouts in a career-high 6.2 innings, ran into trouble in the seventh inning. After not allowing a single Tar Heel hit since the second, he yielded five runs on four hits as UNC opened up a four-run advantage.
Maryland opened the scoring in the top of the second. Dan Melvin drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a single to right by Chad Durakis. With Jordan Wilson at the plate, catcher Benji Johnson threw behind Melvin at second in attempt to pick off the lead base runner. But the toss sailed over the glove of shortstop Josh Horton and into the outfield as Melvin came in to score and Durakis moved to second. He would advance to third on a groundball to second by Wilson and then come home on a base hit by third baseman Mike Murphy to put the Terps up, 2-0
North Carolina came back in the bottom of the inning. Following a leadoff single by Tim Federowicz, centerfielder Seth Williams doubled to give UNC men in scoring position with none away. One run would score on a groundout to short and catcher Benji Johnson brought the other around on a single to left as the Tar Heels tied the game up at two.
The game would stay knotted until the top of the fifth when Maropis took a 2-2 offering from Woodard and belted it over the baggy fence in left to put Maryland ahead, 3-2. The go-ahead home run was the first of the season for the senior and sixth of his career.
In the bottom of the seventh UNC took the lead with five runs off Cecil. Rightfielder Matt Spencer drove in the tying run on a sacrifice fly to center and Kyle Shelton brought home the go-ahead score on a groundball through the left side to put the Tar Heels up, 4-3. With two men aboard, North Carolina leftfielder Jay Cox hit his third home run of the series to left-center to give his team a four-run cushion.