The Maryland Terrapins continued to dominate the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Sunday in the back-end of a doubleheader, as the Terps won 9-1.
Maryland, with the sweep of Rutgers is now 18-8 (5-1 Big Ten), while the Scarlet Knights fall to 10-17 (0-3 Big Ten).
“It’s specifically hard to sweep a doubleheader in conference play on the road,” Head Coach John Szefc said. “Our guys came out strong, and you got to give a lot of credit to Blohm.”
Maryland scored early and they scored often. Brandon Gum, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI on the day, singled on a hard hit ball to shortstop Kevin Welsh, scoring Zach Jancarski and Marty Costes. Jancarski led off the game with a single and hustled to third on a Costes single, allowing Costes to advance to second.
“When you can get up on someone early and just bury them like that, it kinda just kills their confidence,” Brandon Gum said. “So when you do it early, that’s big looking forward in the back end of the game.”
Marty Costes led off the third inning with a long home run to center field. Not to be outdone, Brandon Gum sent a laser over the left field wall to go back-to-back with Costes. After a walk to Will Watson, Gaby Rosa’s day was finished. Maryland was not done, though as they added two more in the inning. One of those runs was thanks to the first hit of the year from Patrick Hisle, as he doubled to deep left center.
“It’s tough to do when you take your guy [Kevin Smith] out at short, and have to put somebody else in, those are big shoes to fill,” Gum said about Hisle. “I think he did a heck of a job.”
The meat of the order remained hot in the fourth, as Dunn, Costes and Gum all reached to start the inning with the bags juiced. A few batters later saw Madison Nickens sky a sacrifice fly into left. A.J. Lee soon followed with an infield single to extend the Maryland lead to 9-0.
Tyler Blohm had yet another solid outing, but still struggled with command a little bit. He did not surrender an earned run and struck out five in 5.2 IP, but walked three and was in a lot of long at-bats. The freshman, who lowered his ERA to 2.38, improved his record to 5-2 on the year.
Maryland continued to capitalize on Rutgers defensive miscues as has been the case the whole series. The Scarlet Knights committed two errors on the day, both contributing to runs for the Terps. Marty Costes had an error himself for Maryland, leading to the only run for Rutgers.
“Their [Maryland’s offense] just able to have consistent at-bats,” Szefc said. “Even when they outcome wasn’t good, they were going deep into counts.”
The rest of the pitching staff behind Blohm, which was fresh thanks to a great relief outing from Taylor Stiles in the first game of the doubleheader, performed admirably as well. Jared Price came in first out of the ‘pen and did not allow a run, including stranding the bases loaded in the seventh. Mike Rescigno pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two. Hunter Parsons shut the door, retiring Rutgers in the ninth.
That pitching staff allowed just one run in each game of the series as Brian Shaffer, Taylor Bloom and Blohm really held the Scarlet Knights in check. Maryland outscored Rutgers 20-3 in the series.
Maryland, who has won 17 of their last 20, will now head back to College Park. They will face Richmond at 4 p.m. Tuesday for one game before heading out to Lincoln to face Nebraska.