Maryland baseball drops finale to Hawaii, finish 0-3 in the Cambria College Classic

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The Terps lost their third straight game at the Cambria College Classic, this time to Hawaii, 9-3. 

The loss is Maryland’s third in a row. This is the first time Maryland has lost three games in a row since 2021. 

Maryland came into its final game of the Cambria College Classic losers of two straight. The Terps faced two strong SEC programs, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, losing to both. 

The Terps looked to avoid a third straight loss in Minnesota, facing their final opponent of the weekend, Hawaii. Nate Haberthier took the mound for his third start of the year. The opposing starter was freshman Harrison Bodendorf.

Hawaii got the scoring started in the first inning without getting a hit. Maryland committed two errors one by Matt Shaw and another by Nate Haberthier on a pickoff attempt. Hawaii pushed home a run as a result.

The Terps answered in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own. Matt Shaw and Nick Lorusso hit back-to-back doubles to tie the score. 

The next two frames were all clean despite Maryland sending six runners to the bases. The Terps had a great chance to score in the second inning by loading the bases, though nothing came of it. 

The scoring didn’t resume until the top of the fourth inning. Jared Quandt squeezed a single past a diving Keister, to record the Rainbow Warriors’ first hit of the game. Haberthier got the next two Hawaii batters out and looked as though he would get through the inning unscathed. 

Matt Wong put an end to those thoughts with a single. Stone Miyao followed that at-bat with a single to right field, scoring Jacob Igawa from second. Dallas Duarte increased the Hawaii lead with a single up the middle that scored Wong from third. Hawaii ended the inning leading, 3-1. 

Hawaii sent out a new pitcher to start the bottom of the fourth. Ben Zeigler-Namoa replaced Bodendorf who pitched well for the Rainbow Warriors’. Bodendorf ended the game giving up only one earned run, despite walking six Maryland batters. 

Zeigler-Namoa pitched a run-free fourth inning, only allowing a Bobby Zmarzlak double. Hawaii added another run in the top of the fifth due in part to another Maryland error. Haberthier recorded his second error trying to pick off Matthew Miura at second. The error allowed Miura to advance to third, where a sacrifice fly by Quandt brought him home. 

The Terps pushed across two runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap on the scoreboard to one. The half inning started with a walk by Lorusso and a single by Ian Petrutz. The two were moved over a base by an Eddie Hacopian sacrifice bunt and Matt Woods scored Lorusso from third on a sacrifice fly. 

After a Kevin Keister walk, Hawaii made its second pitching change of the game, bringing in right hander Dalton Renne to get the final out of the inning. Renne struggled to find the strike zone, walking Zmarzlak, loading the bases. Renne hit Elijah Lambros, scoring Maryland’s second run of the inning, before Luke Shliger grounded out to end the inning. 

Hawaii scored one more in the top of the sixth marking the end of Nate Haberthier’s outing. Haberthier finished the game pitching five and a third innings giving up seven hits and three earned runs. David Falco Jr. entered the game, getting out of the inning clean. 

Hawaii added four more runs between the eighth and ninth innings, three via the long ball. The Terps were held scoreless since the fifth inning en route to the loss. 

Maryland’s lack of run scoring didn’t come from a lack of getting on base. Maryland had baserunners in all but two innings. The Terps hit 1-9 with runners in scoring position and 4-15 with runners on base. 

Hawaii was also able to do damage with two outs, a feat Maryland couldn’t accomplish. Maryland hitters were 0-7 with two outs, which included the two opportunities with the bases loaded.

There were some signs of encouragement for a struggling Maryland team. David Falco Jr. pitched well out of the bullpen, throwing two and two-thirds innings of one-run ball. Matt Shaw seemed to find his swing, getting two hits for the second game in a row. 

Maryland’s next game will be on Tuesday in a mid-week matchup against the UMBC Retrievers at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.