DiLuia’s midweek woes continue as Terps drop fifth straight

A change in scenery didn’t change the struggles for the Maryland Terrapins, who dropped their fifth consecutive game on Tuesday, falling to North Carolina 13-1.

The skid, which started with a heartbreaking loss to Delaware in which the Terps led 6-0, has since seen a handful of blowouts. Tuesday’s game was the latest example.

Since that loss to Delaware, the Terps have been outscored 39-5.

After scoring one in the bottom of the first, North Carolina scored at least two runs in each of the next three innings. It wasn’t until the sixth inning where the Tar Heels were retired without scoring. That was the only inning they failed to score.

Maryland’s starter, Mark DiLuia, saw improvements to his command, but most of the damage done against him was a result of solid hitting by a dynamic North Carolina lineup.

After he issued six walks in his last two starts, DiLuia didn’t walk a Tar Heel batter until the fourth inning, but it cost him. After Ashton McGee walked, he advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches, and was driven in by an RBI single.

He allowed 14 hits, 12 of which were singles, and allowed nine earned runs.

DiLuia did provide some relief for head coach Rob Vaughn by throwing six innings in the start, keeping the bullpen a bit more rested for Wednesday’s scheduled game against Elon.

Maryland’s offense put together a pair of rallies in the middle of the game, but only came out with one run. In the fifth, back-to-back hits by Marty Costes and AJ Lee, followed by a two-out walk, loaded the bases for Justin Vought. However, the freshman catcher softly lined out to end the frame.

The following inning, Lee came through again, this time with a two-out RBI single to put Maryland on the board. Lee and Costes, who both finished 2-for-4, were the only Terps to record multiple hits. The rest of the team combined for just three hits in 25 at bats.

North Carolina put the exclamation mark on the game with a grand slam in the seventh inning by Michael Busch.

Weather pending, the Terps will look to get back in the win column when they face Elon on Wednesday. The first pitch is scheduled 4:00 p.m. EST.