Terps take series finale behind five-run fifth

Ahead by six runs heading to the final frame, the Terrapins were in prime position to triumph in the series finale. But, the Bulldogs wouldn’t give in. A pinch-hit home run and a single chased reliever Ryan Selmer and brought in Tayler Stiles, who surrendered three hits to the four batters he faced, leading to two more runs (one earned).

The Bulldogs (9-4) had battled back from 8-2, and, with runners on first and second and one away, had the tying run at the plate. Then came the rain. A 45-minute rain delay put out the Bulldogs fire, as the Terps were able to escape the late rally when play resumed. RHP Mike Rescigno shut the door, getting two consecutive fly-outs to end the game to earn the first save of his career.

Maryland (7-8) got the scoring started in the first. Back-to-back singles from Madison Nickens and Nick Dunn put two runners on for Marty Costes, who singled to bring in Nickens. Bryant would tie the game in the third, scraping across an unearned run.

The Terps would tack on two more in the bottom of the frame thanks to a Dunn RBI double and a sacrifice fly from Marty Costes. But, it was in the fifth inning the Terps would break the game open.

Leading 3-2 after Bryant score in the top of the fifth, the Terps batted around in the home half of the frame, scoring five runs on five hits. Dunn led things off with a double, and moved to third on a single from Nick Cieri that chased Bulldogs starter RHP James Davitt from the game. After a wild pitch allowed Dunn to cross the plate and Costes drew a walk, Anthony Papio singled to load the bases for Andrew Bechtold. The third baseman came through, driving in a run with a single. With the bases still full, Justin Morris promptly cleared them with a double down the left field line.

Dunn extended his reached-base streak to 15 games (every game this season), with three hits in five at-bats, including his team-leading sixth double of the year. Morris and Costes led the way offensively, going 3-6 collectively with five RBIs.

Shaffer continued the weekend of solid starting pitching for the Terps. After sending just three total pitchers to the mound over the past two games, Shaffer was able to keep the bullpen quiet until the eighth inning.

The sophomore right-hander got his first win of the season, tossing seven innings of five-hit ball, allowing two runs (one earned). He struck out a season-hit six batters and allowed just one walk on 97 pitches.

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