Michigan ends Dirty Terps’ conference series winning streak

Maryland (20-8, 3-3 Big Ten) lost two of its three games this weekend to the Michigan Wolverines (11-17, 4-2 Big Ten). It’s the first time all season Maryland has lost a weekend series. 

Game 1: Maryland wins 11-9

The Terps scored five runs in the ninth inning to win the first game of the weekend against Michigan, continuing to live up to the “Cardiac Terps” nickname given to them this season. 

Maryland entered the final frame of the game trailing by a pair of runs. Jacob Orr led off the inning by working a walk which was followed by an Alex Calarco line drive that was caught. Devin Russell and Elijah Lambros reach base safely occupying all the bases for the top of the lineup. 

Brayden Martin drove in the first run of the inning with a single into right field and a batter later Eddie Hacopian gave the Terps the lead with a two RBI single that went right back up the middle. Sam Hojnar and Kevin Keister hit back-to-back RBI singles to give Maryland a three run advantage with three outs to go. The Terps scored four of their five ninth inning runs with two outs. 

Michigan scored one run in the bottom of the ninth, but Logan Berrier pitched through the traffic to earn his sixth win of the season, all out of the bullpen. Berrier was the third Maryland arm to throw in the game.

Kenny Lippman made his seventh start of the season, all of them on Fridays. Lippman struggled pitching three and a third innings allowing seven hits and five earned runs. Lippman has continued to struggle in his past four starts giving more than two earned runs in each. Lippman gave up two earned runs in his first three starts combined. 

Trystan Sarcone entered the game for the veteran right-hander in the bottom of the fourth, holding the Wolverine scoring at five. Sarcone pitched two clean innings before giving up two earned runs in the seventh then giving way to Berrier. Sarcone matched Lippman pitching three and a third innings allowing two earned runs on four hits. 

Six Terrapins had multi-hit games and Hojnar collected a career-high four hits in a game. Chris Hacopian hit his seventh home run which leads the team and in total the Terps had 16 hits which is a season high. Maryland has a +33 run differential in the eighth inning and later this season. 

Game : Michigan wins 12-1

A day after Maryland’s bats powered the Terps to their 11th come from behind victory of the season, the bats went dormant scoring only one run in Saturday’s game. 

Jacob Denner was the reason for the slumbering lumber throwing seven and two third innings allowing only three Maryland hits. Denner came into the game with a 6.66 ERA pitching as both a starter and reliever. Denner’s fourth start of the season turned out to be his longest outing of the season and the southpaw recorded his highest strikeout total of the season. 

Ricky Kidd pitched the final inning and a third to close the game for the Wolverines, giving up only one hit. 

The Terps’ one run came from sophomore catcher Devin Russell. Russell blasted his fourth home run of the season over the fence in left field. Russell’s homer finally put Maryland on the scoreboard, already trailing by ten runs.

Michigan scored a majority of its ten unanswered runs in the bottom of the second. The Wolverines sent 13 men to the plate in the inning scoring eight runs. Michigan batters hit five extra base hits and walked three times.

A majority of the hits and walks came against Maryland starter Logan Koester. Koester pitched a routine first inning, retiring the side in order, but couldn’t make it out of the second. This start is a massive outlier to the redshirt senior’s season thus far. Koester didn’t allow more than three earned runs all season, routinely pitching past the fifth inning. Koester finished this game pitching an inning and a third allowing eight earned runs on six hits, two of them home runs, the first long balls hit against Koester this season. 

Maryland used four arms out of the bullpen to cover the rest of the game. Out of the four Terps relievers only Andrew Johnson gave up a pair of earned runs. Michigan did score two runs against Evan Smith in the sixth, but they were unearned due to an error by Jacob Orr at third. 

Maryland has yet to lose a weekend series this season, winning all three of its Sunday rubber match games this season. 

Game 3: Michigan wins 9-4

The Wolverine’s scored five unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings to beat the Maryland Terrapins in Sunday’s rubber match. 

Michigan scored those five runs against the Maryland bullpen. Maryland’s starter, Joey McMannis, made it through four innings allowing three earned runs. McMannis allowed seven hits in the outing while striking out five Michigan batters. McMannis was replaced to start the fifth by lefty reliever Omar Melendez. 

Melendez allowed two earned runs after one unearned run scored in the fifth. Melendez allowed the earned runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Mitch Voit two-run homer. Alex Walsh replaced Melendez starting the seventh also falling victim to the Wolverine power. Walsh’s three runs allowed came via Mack Timbrook three-run home run. 

The Terps fell behind in the second and fought their way back with their own offensive power surge.

Maryland scored all its runs via the long ball. Two of the Terps home runs came in the fourth as Maryland trailed, 3-0. Eddie Hacopian blasted his second home run of the season to score the Terps first run of the game and Kevin Keister followed a batter later with his fourth home run of the season, driving in two. 

Elijah Lambros gave Maryland the lead in the fifth with a solo home run to left field, his third of the season. 

Maryland was held scoreless in the final four frames putting three runners on base in that span of time.