It took a couple of rallies and several innings for Delaware to erase a 6-0 deficit. It took just one pitch for it to break a 6-6 tie.
Despite several self-inflicted mistakes, including a disastrous third inning, the Blue Hens fought back with seven unanswered runs to top the Terps 7-6. The loss marked Maryland’s third loss in four midweek tries this season.
The final of those seven runs: a walk-off blast by Calvin Scott in the bottom of the ninth inning, sealing Maryland’s most disheartening loss of the year.
The gusting winds in Newark, Delaware were just the beginning of the oddities during Maryland’s midweek matchup with the Delaware Blue Hens.
In the third inning, with a 1-0 lead, Maryland put up a five spot, extending its lead to six. It did so without recording a single hit, drawing two walks, an RBI hit by pitch, and benefitting from two Blue Hen errors.
In that third inning, Nick Dunn, Marty Costes, Kevin Biondic and AJ Lee all drove in runs. Their at bats? A fielder’s choice, a hit by pitch, a groundout, and a sacrifice fly, respectively.
With a steady lead, freshman Mark DiLuia faltered in the bottom half of the frame, allowing Delaware to respond with five of its own. After he struggled in his last midweek start, also against Delaware, DiLuia’s control betrayed him once again, as he walked three Blue Hens, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch.
Head coach Rob Vaughn kept the right-hander on the hill for the fourth inning — he tossed a scoreless frame — but elected to give the ball to his bullpen to attempt to close the game.
After a pair of scoreless inning from Mike Vasturia, Elliot Zoellner entered the game and was unable to escape an eighth inning jam. A leadoff walk to Austin Niggebrugge plagued “The Fuzz,” who then allowed a sacrifice, single and groundout that brought Niggebrugge home.
From there, Scott’s homer was enough to help Delaware secure the season sweep of its I-95 rival.
Similar to their series opener against Bryant this past week, the Terps inability to drive home baserunners was their downfall. As a team, Maryland finished 0-for-10 with runners on base, including 0-for-8 with a runner in scoring position.
The Terps will look to bounce back with a weekend and will have a chance to make a statement in the process. Vaughn’s team heads to East Carolina for a three-game set against the 18th-ranked Pirates.