Maryland unable to shake off early miscues in loss to UNC Wilmington

After three innings of play, Maryland trailed 8-0. But, despite clawing back to bring the tying run to the plate in the eighth frame, the Terps ultimately fell to UNC-Wilmington 10-7.

Reliever Mike Rescigno’s first career start didn’t go as planned. In the first inning, the Seahawks sent 10 men to the plate—scoring five—on three hits and two Maryland errors, one from Rescigno and one by Nick Dunn at second base.

Casey Golden singled and advanced on a failed pickoff attempt. After Rescigno walked the next batter, Nick Feight hit a chopper that bounced over the head of A.J. Lee at third for an RBI double. Then, Mason Berne then hit a groumaryland at UNCWnd ball that second baseman Nick Dunn was unable to field cleanly, allowing Golden to score. After Rescigno hit the next batter, Daniel Stack singled to center field scoring Feight and Berne. The first out of the inning was a Clark Cota strikeout; however, the Seahawks weren’t done yet as a sacrifice fly brought in the fifth and final run of the inning.

UNC Wilmington starter Zarion Sharpe, who was also making his first career start, was stellar in four innings of work. He struck out five and walked none, allowing just two hits—both to Marty Costes, who hit his third home run of the season in the fourth inning.

 

A Marty Costes solo shot opened scoring for Maryland in the fourth inning.

The Terps continued to battle back, putting up three runs in the top of the fifth thanks to a Kevin Smith solo blast, a passed ball, and a Zach Jancarski RBI double.

During the bottom of the inning, outfielder-turned-pitcher Jamal Wade did something no Maryland pitcher has done since 2014. Wade got the first batter of the inning Kennard McDowell to swing and miss on an 0-2 count. McDowell reached first, however, as the ball got away from catcher Danny Maynard. After balking the runner to second and allowing an RBI single to Casey Golden, Wade struck out the next three batters. This was the first four strikeout inning by a Terp since Jared Price accomplished the feat in April of 2014.

After Maryland got another run on Kevin Smith’s second homer of the game in the top half of the sixth, Wade struck out the side. Wade struck out seven total batters, including the final six he faced.

Another Seahawks run to score in the bottom of the seventh on the Terps’ fourth wild pitch of the game. Maryland scored two in the eighth after Kevin Smith was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a Nick Cieri walk, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball. Cieri then scored on Zach Jancarski’s RBI triple.

Freshman LHP Jon Dignazio made his first appearance of his collegiate career in the bottom of the eighth, setting the Seahawks down in order.

In the top of the ninth, Danny Maynard tripled with one out, however a Madison Nickens strikeout and a Kevin Smith flyout ended the threat and the game for the Terps.

Overall, the Terps used six pitchers and let up a combined ten runs, but only six were earned.

Considering they went down 8-0 in the third inning, the Terps showed resilience and gave an admiral effort in their attempt to come back.

Marty Costes and Kevin Smith led the offense with Costes collecting three hits and Smith homering twice.

With the loss, the Terps fall to 12-7 on the season. It is just their second loss in thirteen games. Maryland will look to split the two game set tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Neither team has announced a starter for tomorrow’s game yet.