A Monday night game at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium was all Terps as No. 24 Maryland defeated Georgetown, 5-1.
First baseman Maxwell Costes extended the Terps lead to three in the fifth inning when he a two-run home run. That long ball from the senior was his seventh on the season and extended his home run streak to three games.
Costes spoke pregame about his recent success at the plate.
“I found something mechanically that I think is working for me and now adding that into a good process that I already had, I think that this is reaping the benefits of it,” said Costes.
The Hoyas began the scoring in the top of the second inning when graduate student and first baseman Ubaldo Lopez hit a no-doubt home run in the second inning over the wall in left field. That home run was all the damage the Hoyas managed against the Terps.
Junior starting pitcher Jason Savacool had everything working today and did not allow another hit until the top of the seventh inning when Lopez hit a double down the left field line. Savacool finished the game with eight innings pitched, and he allowed just three hits and one run while striking out nine.
While Savacool was excellent for Maryland tonight, he gave some of the credit to the man behind the plate for the Terps, sophomore catcher Luke Shliger.
“I’m a guy who throws a two-seam, sometimes those two-seams leak into the dirt and he’s there to block it,” said Savacool. “He’s huge behind the plate, he’s always huge for this pitching staff.”
Freshman Zach Martin made his first start for the Terps tonight starting in right field and batting ninth. Following the win, head coach Rob Vaughn discussed the Maryland natives performance.
“It’s so hard to not just try to do extra to show coach I should play tomorrow,” said Vaughn. “He went out and gave us really good at bats.”
Junior third baseman Nick Lorusso was a problem all night for Georgetown, as he hit his second home run of the season and finished the game a triple shy of the cycle.
“I try to treat every day like it’s a new day, like it’s opening day,” said Lorusso. “I saw pitches over the middle of the plate that I can hammer and that’s exactly what happened.”
Senior pitcher Sean Heine came in to pitch the ninth inning for the Terps. With the crowd giving Heine a standing ovation, he struck out Lopez to end the game and seal the victory.
Maryland will play its third day in a row as the Terps head to Newark, Delaware, to play the Delaware Blue Hens tomorrow at 3:00 P.M. The Terps will have reinforcements on the way to help their bullpen as coach Vaughn said the team will get sophomore David Falco and graduate student Nick Robinson back.