Six innings from Nick Dean and a grand slam accompany Maryland to an 8-1 win over USF

A magnificent outing from Nick Dean and scoring frenzy from the Terps hitters guided them to an 8-1 boat race win.

Dean was locked in from the start, retiring the side in the first and proceeding to strike out three in the bottom of the second. Bobby Boser’s hit in the second was the only one allowed for Dean in the afternoon, and one of the three USF hitters to reach base.

The Terp’s bats took a couple of innings to get going but struck first in the top of the third. Jacob Orr reached first due to a USF throwing error and advanced to second after Bobby Zmarzlak was hit by a pitch. Up next, Elijah Lambros logged his second RBI of the season on a laser through the 5-6 hole, scoring Orr and giving Maryland a 1-0 lead. Luke Shliger grounded into a double play the next at-bat, but the Terps were still alive with a runner on third and Matt Shaw due up. With a 1-1 count, Shaw delivered a double to the left-center gap, achieving his first RBI of the season and giving Maryland a two-run lead.

Dean’s dominance continued in the third inning with three strikeouts and another in the fourth, bringing his total to seven through four innings. The senior looked poised, giving up just one hit and no walks before the fifth inning.

A one-out triple in the top of the fifth by Zmarzlak put the Terps in position to extend the lead. Zmarzlak scored just two batters later on a passed ball, increasing the margin to three runs.

After eight strikeouts and six innings, Dean was replaced by left-handed reliever Kyle McCoy. Dean was dominant in his first start of the season, allowing just one hit and no runs on 94 pitches.

Back-to-back walks and a Shliger sacrifice bunt had the Terps with runners on second and third to start off the seventh inning. USF decided to intentionally walk Shaw with one out, loading the bases for Nick Lorusso. Looking for his first hit of the season, Lorusso clobbered a home run over the left field wall to give Maryland their second grand slam of the year and a seven-run lead.

With McCoy in to replace Dean, USF capitalized and drove in their first run of the game after a two-out double by right fielder Pablo Ruiz. McCoy bounced back in the eighth and struck out two hitters, including giving USF Drew Brutcher his third of the night.

Maryland wasn’t done, as with one out in the top of the ninth, Eddie Hacopian scored Shaw on a groundout to the USF first baseman. This gave Hacopian his first RBI of the season and added an insurance run to Maryland’s already commanding lead.

A sliding grab down the first base line by Hacopian and a strikeout from McCoy helped put away the Bulls for the day.