Preseason countdown #21: Best offensive performance of 2018


The Terps had several big offensive days in 2018, but none bigger than May 12, when the Terps put up 17 runs in a blowout victory over Rutgers.

The day was special for the entire Terrapins offense, with nine different players getting at least one hit. But specifically, senior outfielder Will Watson had one of the best performances in college baseball history.

Watson came to the plate for the first time in the first inning. Maryland already had a 1-0 lead, and with runners on the corners and one out, Watson added to that lead with a sacrifice fly to center field.

With the Terps up 2-1 in the third, he came to plate again with runners on the corners and one away. But this time, Watson got into one. His three-run home run opened up a four-run Maryland lead.

The Terps continued to pour it on in that same 11-run third inning. Watson came to the plate again in the frame, this time with Maryland leading 9-1 and the bases loaded with two down. The senior delivered again with another laser shot out to left field — this one a grand slam — giving the Terps a 13-1 lead.

In that inning alone, Watson went 2-for-2 with two home runs and seven RBI. The seven RBI in a single inning tied him for second all-time in Division I college baseball history, and the two home runs in the same inning tied the all-time record.

Watson finished the day 3-for-5 with two home runs, eight RBI, a single and two runs scored. The eight runs batted in tied the all-time Maryland record.