What had seemed like a pitchers’ duel between junior Zach Thompson and Michigan’s Tommy Henry on an overcast Saturday afternoon in College Park didn’t last long enough for the Terps when a big Michigan fifth stunted Thompson’s gem in an eventual 10-4 loss.
Through the first four innings, it appeared as if the righty Thompson had finally righted the ship after seeing his season earned-run average sky to 5.12 following a stretch of awry starts dating back to March 30th.
Thompson was one out away from making it through five one-run innings but then allowed the next five Wolverine batters to reach without surrendering a single hit — three straight walks, a hit batter, followed by one last walk that put the Wolverines up 3-1 with the bases still loaded.
Sean Fisher made his first appearance of the series to try and neutralize any further damage in the fifth, but a hard-hit grounder past the third baseman Taylor Wright drove in another pair of runs, extending Michigan’s lead to 5-1.
Michigan would nearly replicate their fifth inning in the sixth, continuing to beat up Fisher and Mark DiLuia, who also made his first appearance of the weekend. While Michigan hardly got any hard contact on their sixth-inning hits, the balls fell in the right spots as a couple of bloop singles following a pair of walks and a double drove in the sixth, seventh, and eighth runs of the day for Michigan as memories of yesterday’s loss come to mind.
However, the Terps were not down and out yet as Maxwell Costes took matters into his own hands with a monster no-doubter into the parking lot beyond the left-center field wall to cut Michigan’s lead to six runs.
Beyond the sixth, the Terps would add one more run after a fielder’s choice allowed Michael Pineiro to come home from third base which would conclude Tommy Henry’s day on the mound. He would finish with six innings of three-run baseball — a quality start for the Michigan lefty.
Michigan’s Jesse Franklin would conclude the Wolverine scoring effort with his 11th home run of the season just within the right field foul pole — a two-run shot that gave Michigan 10 runs for the second game in a row versus Maryland pitching.
With one inning left to pull off any kind of comeback, a solo shot off the bat of Ben Cowles was all the Terps could muster up in the ninth inning as Michigan junior Jack Weisenburger took care of business out of the bullpen, giving Michigan the series win.
Due to inclement weather in the forecast, it’s to be determined if the series finale will be played tomorrow, but as of now, the Terps will look to Trevor LaBonte — who’s in a dire need of a turnaround start — to salvage a win against the first-place Wolverines.