By Gillian Vesely
After a 7-1 win over the Bryant Bulldogs Friday, the Maryland Terrapins came back even stronger Saturday, winning 9-2 in the first game of a double-header.
The Terps (8-5) jumped out to an early lead, taking advantage of Bryant freshman pitcher Chris Wright. A stand-up, RBI double by Maryland’s Marty Costes scored Zach Jancarski and put the Terps up one in the first.
Costes then came around himself on a single by Will Watson, and a deep sac fly by Kevin Smith scored Brandon Gum to make it 3-0 Maryland after one.
Junior right-hander Taylor Bloom (2-2) worked efficiently through seven innings, giving up just four hits and earning the win for the Terps.
The Bulldogs (3-9) got some momentum in the top of the third. An error on a short chopper allowed Bryant’s James Ciliento to move to second and Malik Daley to get to first. A single to right by Mickey Gasper then scored Ciliento, making it 3-1, Maryland.
A bunt by Maryland’s Brandon Gum in the bottom of the third moved Costes, who had walked, to third. Gum also reached on the play, putting runners on the corners. Wright then intentionally walked Smith to load the bases.
Bulldogs sophomore Craig Lacey came in for Wright on the mound in the third. Lacey walked the first batter he faced to put another run on the board for Maryland and make it 4-1. The Terps scored again before the inning was out, putting it at 5-1 into the fourth.
Bloom put the Bulldogs back on the defensive end quickly after retiring the first three batters he faced in the top of the fourth, but the Terps weren’t able to capitalize with their bats in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the fifth, Bryant’s Cole Fabio dug out an infield single to get to first, then Daley was hit by a pitch to put two on for the Bulldogs. Bloom was able to get out of the inning without any further damage.
Jancarski sliced a double into left for the Terps to score two in the bottom of the fifth, extending the Maryland lead to 7-1.
Bryant added another run to their total in the top of the sixth after a Maryland error and a wild pitch.
The Terps saw Bryant’s offense and raised it two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. A home run over the left field fence for Gum made it 9-2 Maryland.
John Murphy came in for relief for the Terps and closed out the game after giving up just one hit.