Maryland uses home runs and speed in 15-8 win against George Washington

The Terps were off to the races from the start today. Despite not getting a hit off of starter Colton Trisch, Maryland used a variety of walks and three stolen bases to tie the game up at one in the second inning before Trisch was forced out of the game.

Maryland would combine for a total of six stolen bases through the game and the lineup would soon go on a power surge of epic measure, as the Terps proved once again that their offense is one of the best in the country in a 15-8 win against George Washington.

Maryand’s first hit would come on a soft RBI infield single from Nick Lorusso to give the Terps the 2-1 lead over George Washington heading into the bottom of the second inning.

George Washington tied the game up at two with a Bryan Belo single in the bottom of the second, yet even with men on second and third with one out, the Maryland failed to capitalize in the third, leaving the game tied at two.

Maryland’s pattern of weak starting pitching in midweek games continued however, as Nate Haberthier allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings on the day. Though Matt Shaw would hit a huge three run bomb to make it a 5-3 game going into the bottom of the fourth.

The Colonials would strike back in the bottom of the fourth to make it a one run game, but on the back of Kenny Lippman damage control and a Luke Shliger RBI single, Maryland made it a 6-4 game after five innings.

Shliger went 3-for-3 on the day with two steals, two walks, and an RBI as the Colonials was unable to get him out behind the plate. Kenny Lippman also gave the Terps some much needed stability on the mound as he pitched a scoreless 2 1/3 innings, retiring eight batters in what was a fabulous outing for the lefty.

In th sixth inning when Maryland would add on three more runs as Eddie Hacopian would hit the Terps’ second three run shot of the day to make it a 9-4 game before there was even an out in the inning. This forced George Washington to bring in its sixth pitcher of the day in order to finish out the inning.

It would be the seventh inning when the Terps would open the floodgates. A Matt Shaw RBI single, his fourth RBI of the day, and an Eddie Hacopian sacrifice fly out would make it an 11-4 game, though Bobby Zmarzlak would come up with the bases loaded, and hit a home run to deep center for a grand slam to make it a 15-4 game and six run inning for Maryland.

Maryland would be held scoreless in the eighth, but on the back of solid bullpen pitching from Logan Ott and Matt Orlando the game would remain at a score of 15-4 heading into the ninth inning.

Wagner Morrisette attempted to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth, but he allowed a three run homer to Bryan Belo and so Travis Garnett came in. However after Garnett allowed two back to back walks, Joey Colucci came into the game. Colucci allowed one more run, but was able to finally close out the 15-8 game for the Terps.

Maryland moved to 22-14 on the year as they head into tomorrow for a back to back midweek game against James Madison, and into the weekend for a Big Ten series against Purdue.