By Jake Eisenberg
Taylor Bloom twirled the best start of his young Terrapin career, but Maryland fell 2-0 to Bryant Saturday afternoon.
The Terps (6-8) put up six hits against the Bulldogs’ starter Brandon Bingel (2-1), but none of them came at the right time. Maryland stranded 10 runners on base, going 0-7 with runners in scoring position, including stranding the bases loaded in the fifth.
Bloom tossed a career-high 9.0 innings on a career-high 110 pitches. He struck out five and walked none, allowing the two Bryant runs on six hits.
89 of Bloom’s 110 pitches went for strikes (74%) as he went 7.0 IP+ for the third straight outing.
The Bulldogs got the first run across in the third. With runners on the corners and one out, Kevin Smith committed his fifth error of the season, allowing the runner to score from third. Had the Terps been able to turn the double-play, they would’ve escaped the frame unscathed.
Both Bloom and the Byrant pitching staff, led by Bingel (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K, 3 BB) put up zeros until the final inning, when Bloom surrendered back-to-back doubles, giving the Bulldogs an insurance run.
Logan Lessard finished the game for Bryant, tossing two scoreless innings and striking out two to earn his fourth save of the season. Bingel recieved the win, and Bloom (2-2) was tacked with the loss.
The Terps and Bulldogs finish their three-game set tomorrow, when RHP Brian Shaffer will oppose RHP James Davitt. MBN will be live at 1:00 with full coverage.