Maryland comes out on top in an offensive shootout against Northwestern

The last time Quinn Lavelle pitched against the Maryland Terrapins, he coasted his way to a complete game shutout for a 4-0 victory. However, this game came last year. On Friday, it was a completely different story for Lavelle.

With a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning, the Terps recorded six consecutive hits, which accounted for five runs. With runners on second and third, senior AJ Lee ripped a double into left field plating Cowles and Alleyne. Sophomore Randy Bednar followed up Lee with an RBI double of his own, extending the lead to 7-1. Senior Taylor Wright brought Bednar in with yet another double and the inning was finally capped off after an RBI single off the bat of freshman Maxwell Costes to give Maryland a 9-1 lead.

AJ Lee had himself a great series opener. The senior tied his season-high four RBIs, while going 3-for-5 and also scored one run. Maxwell Costes also had an effective day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The freshman also showed off his discipline as he drew a team-high two walks.

The Terps got to Lavelle early and they didn’t slow down. In the first inning, Maryland scored three runs including an RBI triple for freshman Josh Maguire. Lavelle was later taken out after four innings, surrendering nine runs on 12 hits.

It was an unusual Friday night game for the series opener as both teams combined for 21 runs. In the offensive shootout, it was a hit parade for Maryland as every Terp had at least one hit and they totaled a season-high 18 hits in the victory.  

Senior Hunter Parsons picked up two early strikeouts in the first inning and looked like it was going to be another solid start from the righty. When it seemed like the Terps were running away with it, possessing a 9-1 lead, the Wildcats stormed back.

In the fourth inning, Parsons walked a couple of batters and allowed five hits, which added up to six runs for Northwestern, to cut the lead to 9-7.

After this inning, Parsons showed the traits of a senior ace. The righty settled down and went on to deliver three more scoreless frames. It wasn’t a typical friday performance for the senior but he did pull out the win with 7 innings pitched, while allowing 7 runs on 8 hits.

The Terps scored one run in both the fifth and sixth inning, extending the Maryland lead to 11-7. After Parsons preserved this lead, sophomore Sean Fisher came in to relieve the senior in the eighth. Fisher allowed one run on an RBI bunt single but Maryland still had an 11-8 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Bednar belted a two-out, two-run homer tacking on some insurance runs for the Terps. This homer was Bednar’s sixth of the year, which now leads the team. In the bottom of the ninth, senior John Murphy came in to shut it down. The righty allowed two hits but didn’t allow a run. The game ended as the runner on first thought it was ball four and was thrown out trying to advance to second. A strange end to a wild Friday night series opener. 

 

 

Series Preview: Northwestern Wildcats

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Maryland (16-16) is coming off a 1-1 record in its midweek games against William & Mary and West Virginia. Now, the Terps are on the road to take on Northwestern (15-14), which is riding a four-game winning streak. 

Maryland’s midweek games were two very different tales. Against William & Mary, the Terps poured on a season-high 16 runs on 12 hits, including four homers en route to a 16-10 win. The following game against West Virginia, the Terps only totaled one run on five hits and fell 8-1.

During the midweek games, the Terps used 10 different pitchers, resulting in 14 earned runs over the two games. Maryland hopes to get solid starts out of the starting pitchers this weekend, similar to last weekend against Illinois, where starters only accounted for seven earned runs.

In terms of hitting, sophomore Justin Vought, who has struggled as of late, belted a grand slam against William & Mary, accounting for four of his five RBIs on the day. Freshman Josh Maguire is continuing to make an impact after recently being inserted into the starting lineup. Maguire hit .375 in the midweek games with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Senior Taylor Wright continues to lead the team in batting average, hitting .276 and also leads the Big Ten in doubles with 12. Sophomore Randy Bednar ranks third on the team with a .260 batting average but leads the team in RBIs (28). The outfielder also is tied for the team-high in home runs (5).  

Northwestern Wildcats (15-14, 4-2 Big Ten)

Last season

Northwestern was near the bottom of the Big Ten with an overall record of 17-32, while posting a 6-18 record in conference play. Maryland hosted Northwestern dropping the first game of the series, but picked up the next two to win the series. Both of the Terps’ wins were decided by one run.

This season

The Wildcats are one of the hottest teams in the conference, winning nine of their last 10 games. Northwestern also possesses a four-game winning streak, including a series sweep against Ohio State. During this hot streak, Northwestern has outscored its opponents 36-12.

Hitters to watch

As a team, Northwestern is hitting .270 and leads the Big Ten in stolen bases with 49. The Wildcats have four batters hitting .300 or better, as the Dunn brothers stick out. Senior Jack Dunn leads the Big Ten with a .374 batting average, while his younger brother, David Dunn posts a .333 batting average. Along with the Dunn duo, senior Willie Bourbon leads the team in RBIs (23) and is tied with a team-high in home runs (3).

Relievers to watch

Junior Nick Paciorek posts a 2.08 ERA and has picked up a team-high, three saves. The righty has appeared in 13 innings and has allowed three earned runs, while limiting opposing hitters to a .156 batting average. Sophomore Anthony Alepra has done the most work out of the Northwestern bullpen, totaling 16 innings with a 2.81 ERA.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup

Friday, 4:30 p.m. ET

Sr. RHP Hunter Parsons (5-2, 2.21 ERA) vs. So. LHP Quinn Lavelle (3-3, 4.08 ERA)

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Parsons, the Maryland ace has been very consistent on Friday nights. In each of his last three starts, the Senior has pitched into the eighth inning. Parsons leads the team with 42 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched.

For the Wildcats, Lavelle has won his last two starts, including one complete game shutout against San Jose State. The sophomore has the most innings pitched for Northwestern with 46.1 and is tied for a team-high in strikeouts with 31.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup

Saturday, 3:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Zach Thompson (1-4, 5.04 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Mike Doherty (2-0, 6.35 ERA)

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Thompson will be looking to pick up hist first win since February. The Junior had a solid outing last weekend against Illinois, tossing seven innings, while surrendering four earned runs. Thompson ranks second in most innings pitched (44.2) and strikeouts (34).  

Doherty has done a lot of work out of the bullpen but is expected to make his fourth start on Saturday. In his first two starts, the freshman threw five innings in each but last weekend he only tossed two innings. Doherty has thrown 17 innings, racking up 15 strikeouts but also walking 12 batters.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET

Fr. RHP Trevor LaBonte (1-3, 4.63) vs. TBD

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The Terps’ Sunday starter, LaBonte threw a solid 5 ⅓ innings, allowing just one earned run last weekend against Illinois. The freshman has pitched 35 innings and has picked up 30 strikeouts.

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

TBA vs. TBA

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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.