On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in College Park, the Terps swept the Siena Saints in both games of a double header, getting great showings both at the plate and on the mound.
Game one was an absolute offensive clinic for the Maryland lineup, beating the Saints, 14-9.
Maryland got out to an early 2-0 lead in second off RBI doubles from Kevin Keister and Luke Shliger, but the Saints would respond almost immediately with four runs of their own in the top of third.
After Devan Kruzinski brought home two more runs for Siena in the fourth, the Terps found themselves with a four run deficit heading into the middle innings.
Maryland responded with a complete offensive barrage in the fifth inning that saw 10 Terps come to bat and seven runs cross the plate coming off RBI from six different players. The inning was capped off by a Chris Alleyne home run, his fifth of the season.
On the comback, Alleyne emphasized that staying calm and doing the little things had a big impact the team’s fifth inning success.
“We always know what our offense is capable of,” said Alleyne. “The mindset was ‘don’t panic and keep swinging the bats’ so it worked out for us.”
The Terps lineup continued to produce in the sixth with a three-run home run off the bat of Troy Schreffler Jr., his third of the season. A solo shot from Lorusso in the seventh brought Maryland’s run total for the game to 13, the most this team has scored all season.
For the first time this season Nick Dean turned in a rough outing for the Terps, only lasting four innings and giving up six runs on nine hits. Thanks to the production of the Maryland offense though, he avoids taking his first loss of the season.
Despite Dean’s struggles today, Head Coach Rob Vaughn was not too concerned.
“Nick Dean is the reason we’ve won a lot of games in the last two years,” said Vaughn. “It felt good for us offensively because [that outing] is just a blip in the radar. I expect him to have a really good bounce back start next week.”
After a small rally from Siena was thwarted in the ninth, Maryland left game one with a 14-9 win over the Saints.
Game two took a much different tone than its predecessor, showcasing the utter dominance of Ryan Ramsey on the mound as Maryland cruised to a 7-0 victory, sweeping the double header.
Picking up right where he left off on Sunday, it was apparent early on that Ramsey had brought his best stuff to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, striking four of his first seven batters faced. Routinely getting ahead of batters and staying aggressive, the Siena lineup looked like they had no clue what pitch was coming every time up.
Ramsey did not show any signs of tiring as the game went on. At the end of the sixth inning he was up to eleven strikeouts.
The Terps starter explained that success in the early innings helped feed into a better back half of his outing.
“Feeding off of the last at bats, and then just getting into a groove and getting stronger as I go definitely is a big factor towards [success],” said Ramsey.
Ramsey’s day was done after six innings, striking out eleven Saints batters and only allowing on hit. He improves to 5-0 on the year, Maryland winning every time he has taken the mound.
Vaughn attributed Ramsey’s recent success being more in season shape over the past few weeks.
“Every outing he’s just gotten better and better, and I think that’s a sign,” said Vaughn. “When Ryan’s good he’s getting a lot of swings a misses on his fastball and you’re starting to see more of that these last two weeks.”
The Maryland lineup was not as potent in game two as it was earlier in the day, but the three runs Maryland produced were more than enough to complement Ramsey’s stellar outing.
Once again the Terps got off to an early start, Alleyne scoring on a ground out from Costes in the first inning. After more runs scored off a Siena throwing error and a wild pitch, it was quickly 3-0 Maryland.
Two more runs for Maryland in the sixth inning, Alleyne’s second home run of the day in the seventh and a Bobby Zmarzlak RBI provided the rest of the Terps scoring in game two, giving them a 7-0 lead.
With two wins today the Terps move to 15-3, improving upon one of the team’s best starts in school history. Siena falls to 2-13 on the year, continuing what has been a really tough stretch to start the season for this Saints squad.
Maryland will go for the three game series sweep over Siena tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Jason Savacool will get the start for the Terps, looking to build off his eight inning, one run performance on Monday.