Maryland Wins a Nail Biter, Beats Towson 4-3

The Terps stay hot as they defeat the Towson Tigers, 4-3, on a cold afternoon in Towson, Maryland.

Junior left fielder Bobby Zmarzlak was the hero the Terps needed after Towson came back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Zmarzlak hit his eighth home run of the season to begin extra innings and take Maryland’s lead back.

“I was just trying to put a ball in play,” Zmarzlak said. “I rolled over a few balls earlier in the game. I just wanted to hit a ball to right field and I’m glad I got it done.”

Unlike the last time these two teams played, it took a long time for the bats to get going for Maryland. After a 26-8 win against the Tigers in late March, not many people could have expected this game to be close.

However, entering the fifth inning the game was still tied, 0-0.

After sophomore second baseman Kevin Keister hit a RBI single to open the door for the Terps, sophomore designated hitter Luke Shliger busted it open. A two-run home run over the right field wall scored Keister and gave the Terps a three run lead.

While it appeared that Maryland may coast to a 3-0 win, Towson never quit.

The Terps made a change to their pitching staff as Logan Ott did not start the game as he normally does on Tuesday. Instead, Head Coach Rob Vaughn elected to start freshman pitcher Andrew Johnson.

After two scoreless innings, Vaughn turned to sophomore pitcher Logan Ott who was making his first appearance out of the bullpen. Ott pitched well for the Terps, lowering his ERA from 6.67 to 5.94.

“You can throw Logan Ott whenever you want. That guy’s going to roll out of bed throwing strikes with three pitches,” Vaughn said.

Towson threatened in the sixth inning after back-to-back base hits with two outs. Freshman pitcher Ryan Van Buren made his 11th appearance of the season and ended the potential Towson rally.

Falco Jr. got a second chance to end the game for the Terps and did not disappoint. Falco earned the win after a 1-2-3 10th inning to send the Terps home with their 30th win of the season.

“We found a way to get it done,” Vaughn said. “I’d love for all 30 of them to be clean and pretty and perfect [but] that’s just not baseball.”

The Terps will travel to Champaign, Illinois to face the Fighting Illini this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Friday night. Junior Nick Dean is the probable starter for game one, followed by junior Ryan Ramsey and sophomore Jason Savacool.