In the first game of a doubleheader at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on Sunday, the Maryland offense picked up where it left off on Friday, as the Terps scored multiple runs in four separate innings to top Bryant 9-2.
Maryland’s victory marks its second win over Bryant in the weekend series and the seventh consecutive win for the Terps, who improve to 8-5.
Consistent offensive production made the job easier for junior starter Taylor Bloom, who carried the momentum from his last start — a stellar outing against then-No. 6 North Carolina State — and put together a terrific performance. In his fourth start of the young season, Bloom threw seven innings, allowed just four hits, two runs — both of which were unearned — and struck out three.
After a tough start to the season, Bloom has responded nicely, going seven innings in each of his last two starts.
Bloom was given the lead in the first inning, when Marty Costes got the party started with a one-out RBI double off the left-center field wall. Costes finished the game 3-for-3 with three runs scored and the RBI. Later in the first, designated hitter Will Watson drove in a run with a single and Kevin Smith recorded a sacrifice fly to put Maryland on top 3-0.
It didn’t look back.
The Terrapins proceeded to score two runs in the third inning, two in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth inning. Zach Jancarski, the leadoff hitter who recorded three hits, was a catalyst and drove in two runs himself. However, it was redshirt senior Brandon Gum who had the biggest hit of the night — a towering home run down the left field line that extended Maryland’s lead to a comfortable 9-2.
With the win, Maryland head coach John Szefc becomes the fastest Terrapin head coach to reach 150 victories.
The Terps and Bulldogs will have a short break before they conclude their three-game series with the second game of a doubleheader. Maryland will send Tyler Blohm to the hill while Bryant will give the nod to Vito Morgese, who looks to give the Bulldogs their first win of the weekend.