AJ Lee might have had only one hit Saturday against Princeton, but the sophomore third baseman was arguably Maryland’s biggest run producer in a 6-2 win at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
Lee went 1-for-2 with three RBIs, including two sacrifice flies and a poorly-executed sacrifice bunt that scored a run and stood as Lee’s only hit.
Princeton and Maryland exchanged runs in the second, with the Terps getting significant help from Princeton starter James Proctor. Proctor hit leadoff batter Brandon Gum with his first pitch and then moved the senior to second with a balk on a pickoff attempt. Gum advanced to third base on a Will Watson flyout and scored after a popped-up Lee bunt fell in front of Proctor.
Proctor, who appeared ready to make the catch before watching it drop, was originally scored with an error before Lee was awarded with the RBI.
The Tigers retook the lead in the third when a Gum error at first prolonged the inning, eventually leading to a Nick Hernandez RBI-single.
Lee recorded his second RBI off the day on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, scoring Watson from third base.
Maryland took its first lead in the fifth, when Marty Costes scored Nick Dunn with an RBI-single. Gum singled the next at bat, bringing Costes all the way home for what looked to be a crucial insurance run. But with Costes halfway into the Maryland dugout, he was ruled out for not stepping on third base.
Fortunately for Maryland, the mental lapse did not cost the Terps, who added four runs in the seventh to pull away from Princeton.
Taylor bloom pitched 6.2 innings Saturday, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits with four strikeouts.
Nick Dunn, Will Watson, and Madison Nickens each had two hits for Maryland.
With the win, the Terps move to 11-6 on the season and remain a perfect 7-0 at home.
The Terps will go for their third consecutive weekend sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.