A five-run ninth inning for the Terps was not enough to overcome Creighton’s offense Sunday afternoon as the Bluejays slammed the door shut on the Maryland comeback en route to an 8-6 Terps loss. This is the second home series in a row that the Terps have been swept, the last time being against ranked East Carolina just a week ago.
While Maryland ultimately put up six total runs, they struggled offensively for most of the game against Creighton starter Evan Johnson. The senior recorded his best start of the season, limiting the Terps to only two hits and zero runs through six-plus innings.
On the other side of the pitching matchup, Terps freshman Trevor LaBonte started the game struggling to maintain his control. The leadoff batter for Creighton, Isaac Collins, tripled to start the game and immediately got brought in by teammate Will Robertson. While Creighton was held to that one run for the next five innings, LaBonte continued to struggle with control as he walked five batters and allowed four hits over his 4.1 innings of work.
The Terps bullpen would struggle as well, allowing the floodgates to open for Creighton in the seventh inning by surrendering four runs on four hits, including a long two-run homer from Bluejays designated hitter Jake Holton. Although redshirt freshman Billy Phillips was able to retire the side before allowing more runs to score, the damage was done.
Three more runs would be scored by the Bluejays between the last two innings with junior Will Robertson knocking in his third RBI of the day for the first of the three. Robertson and his fellow junior Isaac Collins had huge days at the plate, collecting six total hits over nine at-bats. The last two runs would score on a deep Jason Hovey home run in the ninth that completely broke the game open.
Creighton’s bullpen was rather shaky, giving up all five of Maryland’s runs in the late innings. However, the late comeback attempt by the Terps simply wasn’t enough with the Bluejays’ bats coming up big at multiple occasions during the game.
Up next, the Terrapins will play the second half of their six-game homestand when they face the Indiana Hoosiers next weekend. By then, they’ll hopefully be able to present a much more consistent offense as conference play begins.