Maryland hangs on in a wild one, securing series win

After senior AJ Lee slid headfirst into home, the shortstop got up and let out a huge fist pump in the direction of Maxwell Costes. The freshman had just belted an RBI double to give the Terps a 12-9 lead.

With the lead, it was time for John Murphy to shut it down. The senior pitched two innings allowing one run, two hits and four strikeouts to close out the wild series.

As a whole, the Terps’ bullpen was very impressive in this high-scoring series finale. Freshman Trevor LaBonte started and threw five innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits. Sophomore Mark DiLuia came into relief and pitched two solid innings allowing one run and two hits.

On what looked to be a routine ground ball to the second baseman, freshman Shawn Goosenberg, sailed the throw over the first baseman’s head, allowing senior Taylor Wright to advance to second.

This throwing error in the fourth, was the catalyst to the Terps offense. The following batter, freshman Maxwell Costes ripped an RBI single into left center to tie the game 1-1. The next batter, sophomore Justin Vought crushed a no-doubter over the left field wall, giving Maryland a 3-1 lead.

In the same fourth inning, Goosenberg had another throwing error allowing for Maryland to put more runners into scoring position. With runners on second and third, freshman Ben Cowles hit an RBI single. Sophomore Michael Pineiro followed it up with a great bunt single allowing for junior Caleb Walls to score, giving the Terps a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the frame, the Northwestern Wildcats answered back. With runners on first and second, freshman Michael Trautwein ripped a two-run double to cut the deficit to 5-3. A few batters later, junior Leo Kaplan hit a sacrifice fly to plate Northwestern’s fourth run.

It wasn’t until a few innings later, where Maryland tacked on some more insurance runs. With the bases loaded, the Terps recorded four straight RBIs, including a pair of RBI singles from Wright and Vought.

But the Wildcats answered back, like they’ve done all series long. In the bottom of the sixth, the Wildcats loaded the bases and Kaplan ripped an RBI single up the middle. A few batters later, Northwestern trailed 9-7, junior Alex Erro belted a bases clearing triple to tie things back up, 9-9.

With an 0-1 count, freshman Ben Cowles crushed his first career home run to give Maryland a 10-9 lead in the seventh inning. The Terps went on to tack on two more runs and they were very important insurance runs in this shootout.

Trailing 12-9, the Wildcats added one run in the eighth inning off  of single by Goosenberg. But in the ninth, Murphy was able to shut down Northwestern for the final time, securing the 12-10 victory. With this win, the Terps win their second consecutive Big Ten road series.