No. 22 Maryland continues to stay hot at the plate as it defeated UMBC, 13-7, in College Park, Maryland on Tuesday.
Although the game took place in College Park, the Terps were the away team for the game.
They wasted no time scoring as sophomore catcher Luke Shliger hit a double to start the game and came around to score on a double from junior third baseman Nick Lorusso.
Lorusso’s double extends his hitting streak to six games. Lorusso talked about the team’s offensive success over the past few games after the win. “I think a lot of our guys are starting to build this confidence now where we can hit anything on any given day,” said Lorusso.
The game looked like it could get out of hand as Maryland scored its third run of the game when junior left fielder Bobby Zmarzlak hit a solo home run over the batter’s eye in center field.
Following the home run, freshman designated hitter Sean Lane doubled, sophomore second basemen Kevin Keister tripled and Shliger singled to add two more runs for the Terps and extend their lead to four.
A three run fourth inning by the Retrievers would knock Maryland’s starter Logan Ott out of the game.
The Maryland offense began to do more damage in the top of the sixth inning. After a bases-loaded walk scored one, fifth year centerfielder Chris Alleyne hit a fly ball into right field that allowed Zmarzlak to score from third. The throw from senior right fielder Ian Diaz was cut off as Shliger got caught between first and second base. The rundown allowed Keister to round third and hustle home to score the Terps’ seventh run of the game.
Maryland Head Coach Rob Vaughn talked about his offense’s performance at the plate against UMBC.
“I thought the offense was just really relentless all day,” said Vaughn. “I told them good teams make mistakes but good teams learn from their mistakes and don’t let it happen again.”
UMBC fought all game as they added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh and cut Maryland’s lead back to three.
Entering the ninth inning with a three run lead the Terps finally broke the game open once and for all. Keister got his fourth hit of the day on a double to centerfield to highlight a four-run top of the ninth for Maryland.
Keister has 10 hits in his last 17 at-bats for the Terps. Vaughn discussed Keister’s hot stretch at the plate.
“When the opportunity presented itself he’s taken advantage of it,” said Vaughn. “His at-bats are just really tough right now. He’s hitting with two strikes, he’s hitting some doubles and doing some different things.”
The Retrievers attempted to mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth but sophomore pitcher David Falco finished the victory off.
Maryland will travel to the Lone Star State this weekend as it takes on the Dallas Baptist Patriots. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday with Nick Dean listed as the probable starter for the Terps.