The Terps dominated on a cold day at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium as Maryland defeated Cornell, 12-5.
Junior starting pitcher Ryan Ramsey was electric for the Terps as he struck out a career-high 13 batters in six innings of work against the Big Red.
Ramsey had his best stuff from the first pitch and he credited his approach to some of his success.
“My biggest thing today is just making sure that I’m getting ahead of guys,” said Ramsey. “Having command the whole entire game, especially with the changeup, having that and having a fastball command as well.”
For the second straight game, Maryland’s offense got started early.
After a scoreless first inning, senior first basemen Maxwell Costes got Maryland on the board with a two-run home run to right center field.
That long ball was the senior’s sixth home run of the season and he spoke postgame about his hot stretch.
“I made a couple of adjustments to not only my mechanics but also how I go about hitting,” said Costes. “I feel like I’ve become much more aggressive at the plate.”
The Terps broke the game open in the fourth inning. Junior outfielders Bobby Zmarzlak and Troy Schreffler Jr. pulled off a double steal to set up Jacob Orr for a RBI infield single.
Junior starting pitcher Spencer Edwards lost the strike zone towards the end of his outing for Cornell. With the bases loaded, Edwards walked Luke Shliger, hit Chris Alleyne with a pitch, and walked Matt Shaw before being replaced.
The Terps managed to bat around in the fourth inning and extend their lead to 10.
Freshman pitcher Michael Walsh made his Maryland debut in relief of Ramsey and struck out two batters in his first inning of work.
Cornell tried to get back in the game as junior second basemen Ryan Ross hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to cut Maryland’s lead down to six.
Junior pitcher Matt Orlando came in to get the last six outs in what was his third consecutive game out of the bullpen for the Terps and halt the Big Red’s comeback.
Maryland’s head coach Rob Vaughn spoke about Orlando’s impact out of the bullpen this season.
“That guy was a third basemen until about three weeks before the season,” said Vaughn. “Every time he’s touched a baseball he’s gotten a little bit more confidence. He’s gotten better and better.”
Maryland will play Georgetown again on Monday night at 6:00 p.m. in College Park. Sophmore Jason Savacool is the probable starting pitcher for the Terps and will look to earn his third win of the season.