The stage was set. Maryland took the field tonight for the first time since a heartbreaking loss to East Carolina in the 2021 NCAA regional round. The Terps did not disappoint, defeating Baylor, 4-0, in game one of the 2022 season.
The star of tonight’s game was undoubtedly Maryland starter Nick Dean as he proved why Head Coach Rob Vaughn tapped him to be the Friday night starting pitcher this year, finishing the night after seven stellar innings where he struck out eight Baylor hitters.
It was apparent early on that Dean had his best stuff going, setting Baylor down in order in the third and not allowing the Bears to get into scoring position until the fourth.
The only real trouble spot Dean faced was in the fifth inning when Golden Spikes Award watch list player Jared McKenzie led off with a double, putting a runner in scoring position with no outs. Almost effortlessly though, the Maryland ace retired the next three batters, immediately putting the threat to rest.
On the other side, Baylor starter Tyler Thomas was almost equally as impressive, striking out nine over six innings pitched, but those two early Maryland runs turned out to be the dagger as he will take the loss in his first start of the season.
Fifth-year Senior Chris Alleyne got the scoring started right away for Maryland, launching a triple that scored Luke Schliger who had led off the game with a double. Two batters later, Villanova transfer Nick Lorusso picked up his first RBI as a Terp, pushing the lead to two runs.
After six innings of scoreless ball, Maryland picked up two insurance runs in the eighth off of relievers Grant Golcumb and Hambleton Oliver from a wild pitch and an RBI single from Bobby Zmarzlak.
Freshman Noah Mrotek came on in relief of Dean in the eighth, making his first career college appearance. He struck out two in the eighth, only allowing one hit.
Coach Vaughn then showed the trust he has in his young arm, sending Mrotek back out to pitch in the ninth inning. The Freshman responded by retiring the Bears in order, sealing a victory for the Terps.
Maryland starts this season with a win and gets itself some momentum as this team starts to navigate the 2022 baseball season.
Maryland and Baylor will take the field again tomorrow at 4 P.M. for game two of this season-opening three game series. Junior Ryan Ramsey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the mound for the Terps in his first career regular season start. His opponent will be Junior Blake Helton (0-0, 0.00 ERA).