Though it took Maryland’s offense a few innings to warm up Wednesday against Delaware, once the Terps took the lead they stayed ahead, defeating the Blue Hens 11-6 in Newark, Delaware, for Maryland’s 10th win of the season.
The Blue Hens jumped out to an early one-run lead in the first inning, extending their lead in the second on a leadoff solo homer from Jack Goan and an RBI single from Erik Bowren.
The Terp’s offense––on a hot streak as of late–– showed out in the fourth inning. Maryland pounced on Delaware pitchers Joey Haass and Jack Dubecq, putting up four runs to take the lead. After a leadoff walk from sophomore Tommy Gardiner, senior Caleb Walls drove an RBI triple to the right-center field wall to put the Terps on the board.
Then, Randy Bednar drove in Walls with a single to left, and with two outs in the inning, Benjamin Cowles knocked a two-RBI double down the left-field line to score Bednar and Maxwell Costes to make the score 4-3.
Both offenses went cold for a few innings, until Maryland loaded the bases in the top of the eighth. With two outs, the two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Costes smashed a grand slam to left field, extending the Terps’ lead to 8-3.
Delaware pulled a little closer in the bottom of the eighth, capitalizing on a few walks and Maryland errors to put up a three-run rally.
But in the bottom of the ninth, after a wild pitch from Delaware pitcher C.J. Schaible allowed Sebastian Holte-Mancera to cross the plate, Chris Alleyne stepped in th ebox with one runner on and blasted his third home run of the season, giving Maryland an 11-6 lead.
Terrapin head coach Rob Vaughn heavily utilized his bullpen against Delaware again this week, starting sophomore Drew Wilden, but taking him out in the second inning with one out, after he gave up five hits and three runs.The lefty struck out three in his 1.1-inning outing. Freshman Will Glock entered for 1.2 innings, giving up one hit but walking three.
Juniors Tuck Tucker and Elliot Zoellner gave up only one hit combined, pitching two innings each. Nick Turnbull came in for Zoellner in the eighth, giving up three unearned runs in the inning. Freshman Daniel O’Connor came in for the ninth inning to give Maryland their 10th win of the young season.
Maryland will be challenged by No. 17 East Carolina this weekend for a three-game series in College Park.