By Gillian Vesely
The Maryland Terrapins picked up three wins at the USA Baseball-Irish Classic, sweeping the series and improving to 4-5 on the season.
The Terps put away their opponents more handily as the weekend progressed, beating Notre Dame 4-3 Friday, North Carolina State 9-2 Saturday and Dayton 11-2 Sunday.
On Friday, the Terps led 1-0 through the seventh inning. Three runs by the Fighting Irish put Maryland on the ropes going into the ninth, but the Terps were able to rally back thanks in part to a bases-loaded RBI single by Brandon Gum. A sac fly by Dan Maynard then scored Nick Dunn to regain the Maryland lead, eventually sealing the win.
Gum finished 3-for-3 from the plate for the Terps and right-hander Brian Shaffer struck out eight through six innings of work.
Saturday against the No. 6 Wolfpack, Maryland enjoyed early and consistent offense, scoring in all but two innings. Madison Nickens led the way for the Terps at the plate with two hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBIs in four at-bats.
Terps pitcher Taylor Bloom got the win, moving him to 1-2 on the year, and combined with fellow pitcher Ryan Selmer for nine strikeouts on the day.
Maryland continued to get the job done with its bats Sunday, recording 15 hits in its win over the Flyers. Dunn and junior Kevin Smith each provided three RBIs for the Terps. Freshman southpaw Tyler Blohm (2-1) recorded the win for Maryland after five innings of work.
The Terps will return home to College Park Tuesday to face William & Mary at 4 p.m.