Minnesota’s losing streak just keeps growing, and the way Maryland performed tonight in their 12-4 win over the Golden Gophers, their losing streak is going to take a massive hit the rest of the weekend.
The pieces have finally started to fall into place for this Maryland offense, and the players have proven that their previous winning streak was anything but a fluke. The bats came alive early and often, and Terps were relentless throughout the game both on the offensive and defensive ends.
The first half of the game featured numerous hits from a variety of players, truly showcasing the versatility that this Maryland offense has grown into at this point in the season in their ability to score off of different players and score throughout the game.
The first inning alone exhibited four different players with impressive hits of their own. Matthew Shaw got the offense rolling with a long double, immediately followed by star Senior Benjamin Cowles and his own double and scoring his teammate. Two doubles weren’t enough in the first inning for the Terps as Maxwell Costes returns the favor to Cowles by bringing him in on his own double. Maryland wasn’t finished and Tucker Flint rounded out the first inning with a two-run shot to make their lead 4-0 heading into the second.
Cowles proved in the second inning why he is the heart and soul of this Maryland offense after sending out a two-run homer to extend Maryland’s lead by two.
Minnesota’s pitching struggled all night, and in the third a bases-loaded walk from Cowles put another run on the board for the Terps. Bases-loaded walks seemed to be a theme for the struggling Golden Gophers defense as the Maryland offense racked up two more runs off of walks in in the third and the sixth.
The Terps offense cooled down a bit towards the second half of the game, but the team was still making strong contact against Minnesota. All of the contact happened to go straight to Minnesota players, but it was strong contact nonetheless.
Nick Dean did not disappoint on the mound tonight, lasting well through the eighth inning before Ryan Ramsey took over. Dean started the game strong, recording seven strikeouts during his time on the mound and countless other easy pop ups for his defense to grab.
The Terps will have two more chances to take the series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend. Game two will kick off tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 P.M., and Maryland will need to continue scoring early and often, as well as continuing to use all aspects of their lineup to secure two more wins this weekend as well as wins in future series.