Maryland deploys seven pitchers in bullpen game, falls to Delaware 6-3

Delaware came up to bat down one in the bottom of the seventh, looking to tie the game at the very least.

Joey Loynd did that and more – he crushed a two-run bomb to give the Blue Hens the lead in the late innings. After being down the first six innings of the game, Delaware led 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh.

Delaware battled against No. 24 Maryland in Newark Tuesday afternoon, and the Blue Hens defeated the Terps, 6-3.

Maryland struck first in the second inning following a scoreless first.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Kevin Keister hit a sac-fly to center field, allowing all runners to advance a base. Bobby Zmarzlak scored, and the Terps got in front, 1-0.

Later in the second, Chris “Bubba” Alleyne singled through the right side of the infield to score Troy Schreffler Jr. from third.

After a Matt Shaw strikeout for the second out of the inning, Nick Lorusso walked with the bases loaded to bring home the Terps’ third run of the inning.

Maryland scored three runs in the top of the second despite recording only one hit in the inning.

After throwing three perfect innings to start the game, Rob Vaughn pulled Logan Ott – Maryland’s starter. Andrew Johnson entered in relief for his fourth appearance of the season.

The Blue Hens scored their first run of the game in the fourth, thanks to a Maryland defensive misplay.

With runners on the corners, two outs in the inning, Sean Heine replaced Johnson on the mound. The first batter Heine faced – Jake Dunion – reached first base on a Matt Shaw error. Dominic Ragazzo scored from third, and the Blue Hens joined the Terps on the scoreboard.

Nick Robinson entered in relief to start the bottom of the fifth, pitching for the first time as a Terp. Robinson, a graduate student, previously pitched at Rhode Island. In his first inning of the season, Robinson allowed a solo home run to Jordan Hutchins to trim the Terps’ lead down to one.

David Falco replaced Robinson on the mound in the sixth, making his season debut. Falco pitched a one-two-three inning, shutting down the Blue Hens in order in his first inning of work this season.

Lorusso replaced Falco on a double-switch for the Terps’ sixth pitcher of the game in the seventh inning.

After the first batter grounded out, Falco allowed a single. Loynd entered the batters box – representing the go-ahead run. Loynd hit a two-run home run over the wall in left, giving Delaware its first lead of the game.

The Blue Hens added to their lead in the eighth.

Dunion stepped up to bat with one on, one out in the inning. Dunion lined a base hit through the right side, and JJ Freeman scored from second to give the Blue Hens a 5-3 lead.

Later in the inning, Hutchins walked with the bases loaded, extending Delaware’s lead to three.

Maryland went down in order in the ninth, and Delaware secured the upset win.

The Terps’ four-game win streak was snapped, and the loss leaves them at 13-3 on the season.