Maryland’s bats were alive from the get-go, scoring three runs in the top of the first. The party got started with a lead-off single from Luke Shliger and a Matt Shaw double, putting runners on second and third for Ian Petrutz, who cleared the bases with a single to center field. He eventually crossed the plate himself after a Jacob Orr groundout, giving the Terps an early 3-0 lead.
Nate Haberthier made the start for Maryland, his seventh of the year. UMBC jumped on him quickly, scoring two on a couple of singles to cut their deficit to just one. The Retriever’s hopes were promptly crushed in the record-setting top half of the second inning.
A school record 17 runs were scored in the second inning for the Terps, batting through the lineup twice on nine hits, including five walks. Maryland scored a plethora of ways in this absurd half-inning, with three runs coming from bases-loaded walks, four as the result of hits, one unearned, one from a fielding error and eleven produced from home runs. A grand slam by Shliger gave Maryland their 20th and final run of the evening, also granting him his 36th RBI of the season.
The third inning was much quieter compared to the first two, with neither team scoring thanks to a couple of strikeouts from Haberthier.
The Terps seemed to have cooled off a bit after their unbelievable second inning, manufacturing just a singular hit in the two innings that followed. However, Haberthier kept the Retrievers scoreless as well.
Maryland’s scoreless streak, if you could call it that, came to an end in the top of the fifth. A Shaw walk and Petrutz single gave Eddie Hacopian a chance to increase the Terp’s lead. He did just that on the second pitch he saw, granting Maryland their 21st run. With runners on second and third, Elijah Lambros doubled to left field to award the Terps two more runs and put the game at 23-2.
UMBC got their bats going in the fifth as well, scoring 4 runs on 3 hits, ending Haberthier’s day in the process. The freshman Joey Colucci took over for him in the fifth, striking out the first batter he faced and stranding two runners at second and third.
Keister started off the top half of the sixth with his second home run of the day and fourth of the year. Although getting two runners in scoring position with just one out, the Retrievers were able to leave them stranded on a strikeout and flyout.
Colucci struggled to find the zone in the bottom of the sixth, walking three in a row and giving up two after a UMBC single. The Retrievers kept pouring them on, scoring three more on a pair of singles and walks, ending the sixth down 24-11.
It was a silent top of the seventh for the Terps, failing to get anything going after a Matt Woods leadoff walk. Logan Ott, the fourth pitcher of the day for Maryland, picked up two strikeouts en route to a scoreless bottom of the seventh.
Maryland and UMBC agreed to call it quits after seven innings of exciting baseball. This win gives the Terps their 26th of the year as they head back down to D.C. tomorrow night to take on Georgetown at 6:30 p.m.