Maryland wins 11-6 while using seven different relievers

The Terps were trailing 6-4 after the Blue Hens scored five runs in the top of the fifth.

But Maryland answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. With bases loaded the Blue Hens’ first baseman sailed a throw by the second baseman in an attempt to turn two, allowing two runs to score.

The Delaware Blue Hens committed five errors total and two of them came in the fifth inning. The errors were costly as they allowed for Maryland to retake the lead in the bottom half of the fifth.

“Good teams take advantage of it.” Head coach Rob Vaughn said when asked about the errors. “Fortunately, tonight we were able to get some big swings in some big spots,”.

In the sixth inning, the Terps tacked on three runs from a two-run double from freshman Benjamin Cowles and a solo shot from junior Sebastian Holte-Mancera. Holte-Mancera was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The junior’s home run was also his first of the season.

“I was pumped”. Holte-Mancera said when asked about his first homer. “I was clapping around first base, I was excited.”

Other key players to the offense were sophomores Justin Vought and Tommy Gardiner. Vought went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Gardiner went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.

“It was a tough day to have a good offensive day, cold, windy.” Vought Said. “We just put some quality at-bats together and that’s what we’re trying to do.

The Terps used seven different relievers during the 10-6 victory over the Blue Hens. Freshman Drew Wilden opened the game and tossed 1 ⅓ innings, allowing two hits and one run. Sophomore Mark DiLuia did a bulk of the relieving, throwing 3 ⅓ innings allowing just one hit but two earned runs.

In Delaware’s five run inning, the Terps used three different pitchers. After pitching a solid three innings, DiLuia was pulled after giving up a few walks. Sophomore Billy Phillips came in to relief but allowed three straight hits, giving up three runs. Maryland finally turned to freshman Daniel O’Connor who let up a two-run double but then recorded the final out of the inning.

Holte-Mancera led the fourth inning off with a double but was later tagged out at the plate after an attempted suicide squeeze by sophomore Chris Alleyne. A few batters later in the fourth, bases were juiced for sophomore Randy Bednar who hit a ground ball to the shortstop forcing the out at second but allowed Gardiner to score.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Maxwell Costes added an insurance run for the Terps, sending a rocket over the left field wall for his first homer of the year.

Freshman Sean Heine worked a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to close out the game and give Maryland the 11-6 victory.

This was also the first time the Terrapins put up double digits all season, which is a great confidence boost for the upcoming weekend series against Stetson.

“This is the first time I feel like we actually throttled a team for once.” Holte-Mancera said. “It felt pretty good to come out and just attack and just hit.”

Game Preview: Delaware Blue Hens

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After dropping two of the three games against Louisiana Lafayette on walk-offs, Maryland looks ahead a home game Tuesday against. The Terps come into this midweek game with a 6-4 record as they take on the winless Blue Hens.

Last season, the Blue Hens took both games against the Terps but they have since lost a lot of key pieces — including a few crucial batters and pitchers to graduation and the draft, and it has shown in their performance so far this season.

Maryland’s pitching staff only allowed eight runs in three games over the weekend and suffered two heartbreaking walk-off losses. However, it was an impressive showing from the starters and the bullpen, with nine different relievers utilized. Juniors Nick Turnbull and Elliot Zoellner each had impressive appearances. Turnbull pitched two innings without allowing a run, while Zoellner tossed 1 ⅔ innings in relief picking up three strikeouts.

Sophomore Chris Alleyne collected three hits over the weekend including an RBI triple and scored one run. Alleyne also made a spectacular catch in extras to prevent the winning run from scoring.

Another sophomore who picked up a team-high three hits this weekend was Tommy Gardiner. In addition to picking up his first three hits of the year, the sophomore also scored two runs for the Terps.

Delaware Blue Hens ( 0-10, 0-0 CAA)

Last Season

Delaware finished last season with a 31-27 record and went 13-12 in conference play. The Blue Hens also won a few games in the losers’ bracket of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. However, Delaware lost critical players for its offense and defense to the MLB draft. Nick Patten was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who led the team in home runs and was second in RBIs. Delaware also lost one of their key pitchers, Kyle Hinton, who led the team in innings pitched. Hinton was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.

This Season

The Blue Hens are 0-10 this season and have suffered a mixture of close game losses and blowouts. Delaware is coming off a brutal series against New Mexico State, where it was outscored 54-12. Overall, it is evident that they are missing some valuable pieces from last year on both offense and defense.

Hitters to Watch

Sophomore Zack Miller leads Delaware on the offensive side of things with a .344 batting average in 32 plate appearances. Miller also leads the team in hits with 11, while also recording one home run and four RBIs.

Senior Erik Bowren leads the Blue Hens with six runs scored, two triples and a .906 OPS. Another batter that has been important to their offense is redshirt sophomore Jordan Hutchins, who is hitting .273 with a team-high six RBIs. 

Relievers to Watch

After losing a lot of relievers from last year the Blue Hens haven’t been able to find too many consistent bullpen arms at this point in the season. One reliever that has stood out has been freshman, Jack Dubecq. The righty has tossed 6 ⅔ innings while only allowing two earned runs and has racked up three strikeouts.

Another reliever to keep an eye on is freshman Joey Silan. The right-hander owns a 9.00 ERA but it can be deceiving since he has only tossed six innings. A deeper look into his stats show that he possesses a 1.67 WHIP while limiting opposing hitters to just a .217 batting average.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Tuesday 4:00 p.m. ET

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Last week, sophomore left-hander Drew Wilden started in Maryland’s first midweek game of the year. He allowed one run in two innings with one walk in two strikeouts.

Delaware has yet to play a midweek game, and is coming off a four-game weekend against New Mexico State.