By Connor Bell
The game did not remain scoreless for very long as both teams had combined to score 10 runs in the second inning. This was thanks to Maryland’s Kevin Biondic, who got a two-out single in the bottom of the second to bring runners home and keep the inning alive.
Both teams had to change their pitchers after this huge second inning and the Terps found themselves down six to four heading into the third.
With the pitching on both sides finally able to keep the offenses in check for multiple innings, the Maryland bats came alive again in the sixth when Zach Jancarski doubled to left field to drive in Kevin Smith and Madison Nickens for a tie ball game. Nick Dunn then singled up the middle to dive Jancarski home to give the Terps a one run lead heading into the seventh.
However this game was not over yet as the Terps, despite the adding another insurance run in the seventh to make it an 8-6 game, gave up a run in the eighth. This was due to Mike Rescigno giving up two hits and Ryan Selmer throwing two wild pitches that allowed a run to score. Selmer remained composed however and finished the inning with the Terps still up by one.
Behind yet another insurance run by the Terps in the eighth, Selmer managed to regain his composure and finished out the rest of the game to preserve a one run win for Maryland despite giving up one more run in the bottom of the ninth.
The Maryland offense filled the stat sheet in basically every category as they tallied 13 hits, eight RBI’s and drew four walks. It’s still early in the season, but the talented offense the Terps posses still left nine men on base and struck out seven times.
Regardless of the stats, this game was good for the Terps to get comfortable playing in their own stadium for the first time this season. It also showed this team adapting to an early exit from their starting pitcher and supporting the early reliever not only with great defense, but with their bats as well.
St. Joseph’s comes to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on Wednesday to try and spoil the Terps’ five-game home stand. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.