The Terps were trailing 6-4 after the Blue Hens scored five runs in the top of the fifth.
But Maryland answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. With bases loaded the Blue Hens’ first baseman sailed a throw by the second baseman in an attempt to turn two, allowing two runs to score.
The Delaware Blue Hens committed five errors total and two of them came in the fifth inning. The errors were costly as they allowed for Maryland to retake the lead in the bottom half of the fifth.
“Good teams take advantage of it.” Head coach Rob Vaughn said when asked about the errors. “Fortunately, tonight we were able to get some big swings in some big spots,”.
In the sixth inning, the Terps tacked on three runs from a two-run double from freshman Benjamin Cowles and a solo shot from junior Sebastian Holte-Mancera. Holte-Mancera was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The junior’s home run was also his first of the season.
“I was pumped”. Holte-Mancera said when asked about his first homer. “I was clapping around first base, I was excited.”
Other key players to the offense were sophomores Justin Vought and Tommy Gardiner. Vought went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Gardiner went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
“It was a tough day to have a good offensive day, cold, windy.” Vought Said. “We just put some quality at-bats together and that’s what we’re trying to do.
The Terps used seven different relievers during the 10-6 victory over the Blue Hens. Freshman Drew Wilden opened the game and tossed 1 ⅓ innings, allowing two hits and one run. Sophomore Mark DiLuia did a bulk of the relieving, throwing 3 ⅓ innings allowing just one hit but two earned runs.
In Delaware’s five run inning, the Terps used three different pitchers. After pitching a solid three innings, DiLuia was pulled after giving up a few walks. Sophomore Billy Phillips came in to relief but allowed three straight hits, giving up three runs. Maryland finally turned to freshman Daniel O’Connor who let up a two-run double but then recorded the final out of the inning.
Holte-Mancera led the fourth inning off with a double but was later tagged out at the plate after an attempted suicide squeeze by sophomore Chris Alleyne. A few batters later in the fourth, bases were juiced for sophomore Randy Bednar who hit a ground ball to the shortstop forcing the out at second but allowed Gardiner to score.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Maxwell Costes added an insurance run for the Terps, sending a rocket over the left field wall for his first homer of the year.
Freshman Sean Heine worked a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to close out the game and give Maryland the 11-6 victory.
This was also the first time the Terrapins put up double digits all season, which is a great confidence boost for the upcoming weekend series against Stetson.
“This is the first time I feel like we actually throttled a team for once.” Holte-Mancera said. “It felt pretty good to come out and just attack and just hit.”