By Chris Rogers Spatuzzi
The bats came alive Monday afternoon as the Terrapins defeated the Princeton Tigers at home, 13-6.
Maryland starter Bobby Ruse picked up his fourth win of the season after allowing two hits and two runs over five innings with eight strikeouts. Nick Brady took the loss for the Tigers.
The Terps jumped out to an early lead in the second inning, when a walk, a single, and a wild pitch netted them a run. Princeton came back with two runs in the top of the third, giving them a 2-1 lead. This would turn out to be their only lead of the game, as Maryland tied it up in their half of the third.
Anthony Papio gave the Terps a 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run and Maryland never looked back after that. They added three in the fifth, four more in the sixth, and one in the seventh.
In the eighth, Maryland freshman Jamal Wade picked up his first career hit, a solo home run to left that extended their lead to 12-3. They added one more in the inning on a sacrifice fly.
Princeton tried to claw back into the game with three runs in the top of the ninth, all off of Terps reliever Jared Price. However, it was too little too late, and the Terrapins came away with a convincing victory and a three-game sweep of Princeton.
Maryland is now 12-4 on the season, and they begin a two game series at Elon University on Tuesday at 4 p.m.