Maryland drops a 16 run bomb on the Tribe

After what seemed like another blowout loss to William & Mary early in the game, the Terps fired back with an enormous offensive performance to post their highest run total of the season, securing a 16-10 victory.

The rally started in the third inning with back-to-back solo home runs from third baseman Taylor Wright and first baseman Maxwell Costes that carried Maryland back from a 6-1 deficit. The Terps then turned to small ball for the remainder of the comeback, something that the Tribe could not contain.

“You got to take what the game gives you,” said head coach Rob Vaughn. “Our offense needs to build around setting innings up. By being able to use the short game, it opens up holes for you, for guys to take good swings.”

Designated hitter Josh Maguire poked a single through the hole into left field to bring in catcher Justin Vought. In the nine hole, center fielder Chris Alleyne then drew a walk with the bases loaded to bring in yet another run for the Terrapins.

AJ Lee continued his domination at the plate with an RBI of his own. The shortstop’s sac fly tied things up as right fielder Randy Bednar followed him up with a single to give the Terps a 7-6 lead. Bednar also delivered another RBI knock in the fifth to break the game open for Maryland with a 9-6 lead, his team-high third hit of the day.

“Hitting in the two spot, you get a lot of quality at-bats,” said Bednar. “We got people on base and into scoring position with some way to execute.”

With the first three innings lasting an astounding 96 minutes, the ballgame was anything but a pitcher’s dual. A total of 26 hits in the contest proved that it was the power of the bats that controlled the game.

“Coach Vaughn always says ‘anyway to get on board,'” said Bednar. “That’s what we do. When we’re not hitting the long ball, we always say pass it on to the next guy.”

To follow up their six run third inning, the Terps brought in seven more in the fifth to make it their highest scoring game of the year with 16 runs.

In the longest inning of the day, 11 Terps stepped up to the plate. Michael Pineiro, who entered the game for Alleyne in the top of the inning, singled to right to bring in the first of seven runs for Maryland.

The inning was highlighted by a grand slam belted over the batter’s eye in center field by Justin Vought, his fifth of the year.

“That one felt good,” said Vought. “Fastball up, that’s what I’m trying to do with that pitch. Like I said, that one felt good for sure.”

Maguire also went deep for the Terps to bring the score up to its final 16 runs. The fourth home run for the Maryland made it the most in a game all season.

“16 runs is great, four homers is great,” said Vaughn. “But the way they attacked the game, they attacked it with a lot of passion, a lot of energy. When you attack the game like that, more times than not, good things will happen.”

A day that heavily relied on the bullpen for Maryland featured a strong outing from sophomore Mark DiLuia. The righty went 4.2 strong innings, striking out four and conceding only two earned runs and four hits.

“Mark DiLuia is the reason we won today,” said Vaughn. “The key to that game is that we’re in the third inning and we need zeros.”

Sean Fisher came in to start the seventh for DiLuia and continued to dominate the Tribe offense. In two innings, the southpaw let up only one hit and a run in 31 pitches.

The Tribe started the afternoon hot, earning seven hits through the first two innings, yet failed to bring in runners for the remainder of the game. A total of 10 runners were left on base for William & Mary in the contest.

With the Terps’ 16 runs in the game, they scored more runs than their last four games combined. After dropping the game 8-1 a week ago to the Tribe, Maryland completed its revenge in a big way, now earning a 6-1 record in mid-week games this season.

In a quick turnaround, the Terps are back on the field Wednesday to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers for a 4 p.m. start.