Michigan beats Maryland after four-hour delay, sweeping shortened series

When Maryland baseball arrived in Michigan for its first conference road series of the season, the Terps didn’t think they’d only play two games and receive just 21 pitches combined from their Friday and Saturday starters.

It was a weekend that featured over six hours of weather-related delays, and both an emergency and abbreviated start from two Maryland pitchers. The Wolverines took advantage of the Terps shortcomings and handled the adversity well at home, winning 6-3 to extend their winning streak to 17 games.

Two days after redshirt freshman right-hander Mike Vasturia made an emergency start Friday afternoon on just 25-minute notice, left-hander Tyler Blohm took the mound for his scheduled start 27 hours after he was was slated to pitch.

With Saturday’s game deemed too cold to play, the Terps and Wolverines planned to begin a doubleheader Sunday at 1 p.m. But with the weather uncooperative for a second consecutive day, it took a four-hour delay for the first pitch to be thrown in what turned out to be the final game of a shortened series.

Blohm, though, made a precautionary departure from the game with arm discomfort after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning. Coming off a dominant outing last weekend against Illinois, the sophomore felt tightness in his shoulder according to head coach Rob Vaughn.

Third baseman Taylor Wright gave the Terps the lead in the top of the second, launching his first home run of the season to deep right field to give Maryland a 1-0 advantage. Similar to Friday’s loss, though, the Wolverines responded immediately. Upon closer John Murphy entering to pitch the bottom of the second, Michigan used three walks and two hits to score four runs. Back-to-back doubles in the fifth extended Michigan’s lead to 6-1.

With only two games this weekend, right-hander Hunter Parsons was able to come out of the bullpen in relief to keep the Terps in the game. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven.

The Terps hung around thanks to Parsons’ efforts, but didn’t receive much additional offense. In the top of the sixth, first baseman Kevin Biondic’s hit his fifth home run of the season, cutting their deficit to 5-2.

The Wolverines added run support on their own solo shot in the bottom of the seventh, but the Terps tried to mount one last comeback in the eighth. With a 7:45 p.m. curfew looming and Maryland down four, the Terps loaded the bases for Biondic in what turned into their last trip to the plate. They scored on a balk, but Wright grounded out to end the game after the top of the eighth.

Maryland (16-19) will look to recover from a wacky weekend in Ann Arbor before hosting VCU Tuesday at 4 p.m.