Game Preview: George Mason Patriots

Maryland’s postseason hopes took a hit over the weekend after losing all three games at home against Purdue, extending a current six-game losing streak. The Terps (16-23, 3-8 Big Ten) fell to 11th place of 13 teams in the Big Ten with three teams in between them and the last spot in the conference tournament. Now, Maryland hosts George Mason and James Madison in back-to-back midweek games on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

In right-hander Mark DiLuia’s first Friday night start of his career against Purdue, he pitched well enough to give his team the opportunity to win. Despite recording 12 hits, though, the Terps only generated one run before the Boilermakers pulled away late.

Another great start from Hunter Parsons on Saturday appeared to be enough to even the series but with a one-run lead in the ninth inning, Purdue hit a game-tying homer to force extras. In the 11th, another solo homer proved to be the difference as the Boilermakers clinched the series victory.

The Terps were well on their way to salvage a game in the series Sunday before a five-run seventh inning for Purdue earned the weekend sweep. Center fielder Zach Jancarski put Maryland up 4-0 early after a three-run homer, and a two-run double from second baseman Nick Dunn gave Maryland a 6-2 lead through six innings.

With an opportunity for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament now minimal, as well, Maryland’s two midweek contests this week will serve as chances to boost confidence before getting back into conference play next weekend at Michigan State.

Tuesday, Maryland hosts George Mason (16-22, 7-5 A10) at 4 p.m. in the first and only meeting this season between the two local foes. The Patriots are 7-5 in conference games this season, but are losers of five of their last seven games. While they’re 11-5 at home, they’ve struggled with a 4-11 record on the road.

Maryland and George Mason met once last season in Fairfax, Virginia, where the Patriots beat the Terps, 8-5. George Mason jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Maryland fought back within three heading into the final frame. After loading the bases with one out in the ninth, Nick Dunn grounded into a controversial double play to end the game.

George Mason witnessed right-hander Jared DiCesare pitch a game for the ages on Sunday despite a 1-0 loss in 12 innings. The sophomore pitched 10 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking nobody and striking out seven hitters. He only threw 99 pitches. The Patriots went on to lose, 1-0, on a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th to VCU.

The Patriots don’t have the most impressive pitching arsenal, though, having a 5.11 team ERA so far this season. Only two pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched have an ERA below 4.00. Four of the team’s five starting pitchers this season have ERAs above 4.31.

Senior right-hander Ryan Ricci has been the main reliable pitcher out of the bullpen for the Patriots, throwing 25.1 innings in a team-high 19 relief appearances this season. His 2.49 ERA is easily the best out of the bullpen. Basically every other primary reliever for George Mason has been suspect this season, carrying ERAs north of five runs.

George Mason is led offensively by sophomore Logan Driscoll and senior Trevor Kelly, who both thrived against the Terps last season. The duo went a combined 5-for-8 with four runs and four RBIs. Driscoll was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team last season, while Kelly led the conference with 56 RBIs.

This season, Driscoll and Kelly are the only Patriots who have played and started in all 38 games this season. Driscoll is batting an incredible .377, atop the team lead in hits (57), on-base percentage (.430) and slugging (.523). Kelly is the only other Patriots hitting over .300, batting .322 with team-highs in doubles (14) and home runs (4), and is tied with Driscoll with a team-best 29 runs scored and 30 RBIs.

Starting Pitching Matchup 

Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. EST

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Neither team has announced a starter for Tuesday’s contest.

Maryland pitchers struggle in midweek loss to VCU

When Maryland baseball shut out VCU earlier this season in a 2-0 victory, five different pitchers shined in scoreless performances. But in the second game of the home-and-home season series on Tuesday, five Terps pitchers conceded at least two earned runs.

Tarnishing redshirt senior Alec Tuohy’s first-career start on the mound for Maryland, VCU scored in its first five trips to the plate, keeping the offensive pressure on throughout the game in a 14-3 victory over the Terps. VCU recorded 13 hits, walked 11 times and reached one on a hit by pitch.

“We’re not playing clean baseball. We’re not responding to adversity very well and that starts at the top. It starts with us,” head coach Rob Vaughn said. “We haven’t prepared these guys to handle some of the things that are being thrown at them.”

With Friday night starter Taylor Bloom’s status for this weekend uncertain, head coach Rob Vaughn decided against throwing typical midweek starter Mark DiLuia, who pitched four innings and struck out seven against the Rams in the February meeting.

Even though Tuohy’s first five appearances for the Terps came in relief, he had plenty of starting experience in his first four years of college. He started 22 games at the University of Buffalo, which he transferred from after the college cut its baseball program after last season.

Tuohy’s best season came during his junior year for Buffalo, starting in all 14 appearances in 2016. In 93.2 innings, he went 7-4 with a 2.93 ERA, but the right-hander’s first start for the Terps wasn’t as successful.

With a runner on first with two outs in the top of the first, shortstop AJ Lee booted a grounder to keep the inning alive for the Rams. The next batter, designated hitter Mitchel Lacey, blooped a single into right field to plate an unearned run.

“We put 12 free guys on base, we don’t make a play in the first inning on a routine ground ball that leads to a run and it’s really what our season’s been thus far,” Vaughn said.

Tuohy then got knocked around and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in his second and final inning. Head coach Rob Vaughn relieved the right-hander after 42 pitches in two innings, utilizing five more arms to get through the game.

Left-hander Sean Fisher conceded three earned runs on on two hits, three walks and a hit batsman in 1.2 innings before right-hander Mike Vasturia allowed two more runs in less than an inning of work. Maryland’s bullpen allowed two baserunners in five innings in the first meeting this season, but struggled Tuesday following Tuohy’s departure.

“It’s a call for us to be tougher as a pitching staff,” Costes said. “Even from a position player’s standpoint. If we’re limited that means me personally, I have to do more.”

It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Rams were held to a scoreless inning, when left-hander Billy Phillips got three straight outs after allowing a leadoff single. Phillips allowed two runs in 2.2 innings in relief.

Maryland’s offense tried to keep the Terps in the game early, but Maryland’s bullpen wasn’t strong enough. After senior center fielder Zach Jancarski ripped a double in the second, freshman right fielder Randy Bednar launched his fourth home run of his season to cut VCU’s lead to 4-2.

After the homer, though, the Rams matched the two runs in their next trip to the plate. After Marty Costes hit a deep homer straightaway center fielder to make it 6-3, VCU instantly got that run back the next half inning. The bullpen’s inability to record a shutdown inning hurt the Terps chances from storming back.

The Rams scored the game’s last eight runs, completely taking the Terps out of the game. Four of Maryland’s last six at-bat results in strikeouts.

“They battled against us and things went their way,” Phillips said. “They’re a good team and they came back and did well against us.”

Maryland (16-20) returns to Big Ten play this weekend, hosting Purdue for a three-game set starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Game Preview: VCU Rams

Maryland baseball will look to erase last weekend from its mind when it opens up a six-game homestand Tuesday against VCU, a team it previously shut out on the road earlier this season.

While it was a frustrating three days for the Terps (16-19, 3-5 Big Ten) over the weekend, it wasn’t necessarily because they lost both games of a weather-shortened series. With Michigan unbeaten in eight conference games, on 17-game winning streak and 52-10 in home games in the last four years, losing two games on the road against the Wolverines isn’t all that devastating.

But between six-plus hours of sitting through freezing weather delays and watching two starting pitchers unable to compete because of injuries, it became a long and dreary weekend in Ann Arbor. Aside from a pair of two-RBI doubles from AJ Lee and Nick Dunn on Friday, and two solo homers from Taylor Wright and Kevin Biondic on Sunday, the Terps struggled to keep pace with a Wolverines offense that took full advantage of Maryland’s starting pitching misfortunes.

It’s a new week, though, for the Terps. Maryland will look to complete a sweep against VCU in its two-game season series when the Rams come to College Park on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. first pitch. The Terps won the first matchup this season, 2-0, back on Feb. 28 in Richmond.

Maryland, despite only having two hits in the first contest against the Rams, did just enough offensively to generate a pair of runs. Catcher Justin Morris used a safety squeeze with bases loaded to scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning. The following inning, Nick Dunn drove in the only other run in the game on sacrifice fly.

Freshman midweek starter Mark DuLuia picked up his first collegiate win, tossing four scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Four relievers followed, conceding just one hit combined in the last five innings of the game. Elliot Zoellner pitched two innings out of the bullpen before Sean Fisher, Kevin Biondic and John Murphy each tossed an inning to complete the collective shutout.

Since then, VCU (23-13, 8-4 Atlantic 10) has added several quality wins to its resume while jumping out to an 8-4 start in conference play. The Rams shut out then-ranked No. 17 East Carolina—a team that beat the Terps three times— holding them to just three hits on the road. VCU also beat Virginia, 11-3, at home in a midweek game a few weeks ago.

Paul Witt, Haiden Lamb and and Daane Berezo have started in all 35 games this season, boasting the three highest batting averages on the team. Witt, a sophomore, leads the Rams with 43 hits, 29 RBIs and a .328 batting average. Lamb, a senior, leads the team with 24 runs scored and 17 stolen bases on 21 attempts.

VCU has had strong pitching throughout the season, allowing just four runs per game. Its top bullpen arms—Benjamin Dum, Mac McCarty, Hayden Moore and Jack Alkire—all have thrown more than 20 innings this season. Dum has a bullpen-best 1.17 ERA in 23 innings, while McCarty and Alkire are holding hitters below a .200 average. McCarty also has an incredible 13 saves in VCU’s 23 wins.

The Rams are coming off a series win at home against St. Bonaventure, winning both halves of a Friday doubleheader before dropping the third game of the weekend on Saturday.

First pitch Tuesday is scheduled for 4 p.m. and starting pitchers have yet to be announced for either team.

Michigan beats Maryland after four-hour delay, sweeping shortened series

When Maryland baseball arrived in Michigan for its first conference road series of the season, the Terps didn’t think they’d only play two games and receive just 21 pitches combined from their Friday and Saturday starters.

It was a weekend that featured over six hours of weather-related delays, and both an emergency and abbreviated start from two Maryland pitchers. The Wolverines took advantage of the Terps shortcomings and handled the adversity well at home, winning 6-3 to extend their winning streak to 17 games.

Two days after redshirt freshman right-hander Mike Vasturia made an emergency start Friday afternoon on just 25-minute notice, left-hander Tyler Blohm took the mound for his scheduled start 27 hours after he was was slated to pitch.

With Saturday’s game deemed too cold to play, the Terps and Wolverines planned to begin a doubleheader Sunday at 1 p.m. But with the weather uncooperative for a second consecutive day, it took a four-hour delay for the first pitch to be thrown in what turned out to be the final game of a shortened series.

Blohm, though, made a precautionary departure from the game with arm discomfort after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning. Coming off a dominant outing last weekend against Illinois, the sophomore felt tightness in his shoulder according to head coach Rob Vaughn.

Third baseman Taylor Wright gave the Terps the lead in the top of the second, launching his first home run of the season to deep right field to give Maryland a 1-0 advantage. Similar to Friday’s loss, though, the Wolverines responded immediately. Upon closer John Murphy entering to pitch the bottom of the second, Michigan used three walks and two hits to score four runs. Back-to-back doubles in the fifth extended Michigan’s lead to 6-1.

With only two games this weekend, right-hander Hunter Parsons was able to come out of the bullpen in relief to keep the Terps in the game. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven.

The Terps hung around thanks to Parsons’ efforts, but didn’t receive much additional offense. In the top of the sixth, first baseman Kevin Biondic’s hit his fifth home run of the season, cutting their deficit to 5-2.

The Wolverines added run support on their own solo shot in the bottom of the seventh, but the Terps tried to mount one last comeback in the eighth. With a 7:45 p.m. curfew looming and Maryland down four, the Terps loaded the bases for Biondic in what turned into their last trip to the plate. They scored on a balk, but Wright grounded out to end the game after the top of the eighth.

Maryland (16-19) will look to recover from a wacky weekend in Ann Arbor before hosting VCU Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Bloom unable to start in Maryland’s series-opening loss to Michigan

Right-hander Mike Vasturia learned less than 30 minutes prior to Maryland’s series-opener against Michigan that he would be the starting pitcher. Taylor Bloom, the Terps’ typical Friday starter, was struck in the head with a line drive while stretching as the Wolverines took batting practice, and underwent concussion protocol rather than taking the mound.

Vasturia, with little to time to prepare for his second career start, allowed five runs in two innings before the Terps used a committee of first-year Maryland pitchers to get through an adversity-filled 10-4 loss.

Michigan, now on a 16-game winning streak dating back to March 14, wasted no time against the emergency starting pitcher. The Wolverines hit two home runs in the first inning and then used a two-out RBI single in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

Vasturia started on the mound earlier this season when the Terps played back-to-back midweek games against North Carolina and Elon during the team’s spring break trip. The redshirt freshman tossed two scoreless frames in Maryland’s win on March 21 against the Phoenix, conceding just one hit and a walk.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander entered the game with a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings this season, but thrown into an unenviable situation Friday afternoon, couldn’t manage to find a rhythm. Following his exit, Maryland used three freshman—Grant Burleson, Elliot Zoellner and Billy Phillips—to endure the middle innings.

Burleson, who pitched a scoreless 2.1 innings Tuesday against James Madison, entered in relief in the third looking to slow down the Wolverines. The freshman left-hander had another positive outing, allowing just one hit in two scoreless innings to limit the damage.

After four innings innings with just one hit, the Terps fought back offensively in the top of the fifth. Catcher Justin Morris and second baseman Nick Dunn singled and used an error to both move into scoring position with two outs. Junior left fielder Marty Costes doubled them both home to keep the Terps in the game at 5-2.

But the Wolverines responded instantly in the bottom half of the inning, as Burleson was relieved by Zoellner. Michigan scored three runs on four hits in the fifth, knocking the right-hander out of the game after recording just two outs.

Despite how deflating the night started, The Terps battled throughout the game even when deficits grew. Down six in the top of the seventh, Maryland used a two-RBI double from Dunn to make it a 8-4 ballgame.

Phillips—Maryland’s fourth pitcher of the game—surrendered a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh, but only allowed the lone run in 2.1 innings.  Redshirt senior Alec Tuohy pitched the eighth, allowing an unearned run in his inning of work.

Even though Maryland had to utilize five pitchers in the series-opener, it did so without throwing John Murphy and Kevin Biondic—the bullpen’s top arms—and starters Hunter Parsons and Tyler Blohm, who were said to be available in relief Friday with weather potentially canceling Saturday’s game.

Game 2 between the Terps and Wolverines is currently scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Series Preview: Michigan Wolverines

With two Big Ten series under their belt, the Terrapins will hit the road for the first time in conference play this season, traveling to Ann Arbor for a three-game set with Michigan.

Maryland (16-17, 3-3 Big Ten) held James Madison scoreless for the final 11 innings of Tuesday’s extra-inning win, using a career-best seven innings of one-run ball from freshman starter Mark DiLuia and a strong bullpen effort to pick up a 2-1 victory.

DiLuia notched a second straight successful midweek performance and has now allowed just two earned runs in his last 13 innings on the mound. In his last two starts, though, he’s received-decision with a lack of run support.

The Terps bullpen, which cost them a chance at winning their series against Illinois last weekend, was dominant. Grant Burleson, John Murphy and Kevin Biondic combined for five scoreless innings out of the bullpen, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Offensively, Maryland had similar struggles with runners on base, going 0-for-14 in those situations through the first eight innings. Shortstop AJ Lee tied the game with a clutch RBI double to force extras, and right fielder Randy Bednar singled with the bases loaded to Maryland its first lead in the top of the 12th.

Head coach Rob Vaughn said after the game that it was a good win for his team, being able find one more run than their opponent. The Terps will look to build off their extra-inning win on the road this weekend against the red-hot Wolverines.

When Michigan lost at home on March 14 to Lawrence Technological University—an NAIA baseball program—the Wolverines dropped to 4-11 on the season. Since then, though, Michigan (19-11, 6-0 Big Ten) has rattled off 15 consecutive wins, including sweeps of Michigan State and Northwestern in its first two conference series.

The Wolverines are averaging 7.4 runs per game during their current winning streak, compared to 4.5 in their first 15 games of the season. Juniors Ako Thomas and Jonathan Engelmann each have 30 hits in the team’s first 30 games, leading Michigan’s offense.

Ako has been cold of late with only one hit in his last 15 at-bats. His 23 walks ranked third in the Big Ten, and he’s only struck out 17 times. Engelmann, though, ranks in the top 10 in the conference with a .325 batting average. He leads the Wolverines with 39 hits and 24 RBI.

The Wolverines aren’t a long-ball team, hitting just 12 home runs in 30 games this season. Jesse Franklin is the team’s greatest power threat, pacing Michigan with four homers and a .493 slugging percentage. They steal a lot of bases, though, ranking third in the Big Ten with 52 steals in 69 attempts, including three players (Thomas, Engelmann, Christian Bullock) with double digit stolen bases.

Pitching has been a strong part of Michigan’s season so far, boasting a 3.29 team ERA. During Wolverines’ current winning streak, their pitchers have held opponents to 2.8 runs per game with four shutouts.

Junior William Tribucher is one of the top arms out of the bullpen, allowing four earned runs in 22.1 innings the season. The southpaw has struck out 26 batters and walked just eight while picking up three saves. Freshman Jeff Criswell has also found success as a reliever with a 2.21 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched. the right-hander is holding opponents to a .179 batting average.

All three of Michigan’s weekend starters have been successful this season, all with ERAs in the threes or below. Friday night starter Tommy Henry is 5-0 with a 2.52 ERA, averaging over six innings per start. Ben Dragani starts on Saturdays, and he leads the Wolverines starters with a 1.13 ERA. Karl Kauffmann rounds out the weekend, striking out more than one hitter per inning this season.

Maryland and Michigan met up last season in College Park, with the Terps taking two of three games against the then-ranked No. 18 Wolverines. The last time the Terps traveled to Ann Arbor, they were ranked No. 11, but lost the series. Michigan is 11-1 at home this season.

Starting Pitching Matchup 

Friday, 4:00 p.m. EST

Sr. RHP Taylor Bloom (2-6, 5.20 ERA) vs. So. LHP Tommy Henry (2-2, 2.52 ERA)

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Taylor Bloom will look to bounce back from one of his worst college starts last week against Illinois. The right-hander allowed 10 earned runs on 10 hits in five innings last Friday night. He also walked five hitters in his sixth loss of the season. While he has a team-high six losses, it’s typically because of a lack of run support and not a poor performance. Despite a short outing for his standards, Bloom still leads the Big Ten with 55.1 innings pitched, and he has completed six innings in six of his eight starts. He has done a great job this season pitching deep into games, allowing the bullpen to rest up for the rest of the weekend.

Tommy Henry has emerged as a quality Friday night arm for the Wolverines this season, posting a 5-0 record in eight starts. In his last start against Northwestern, the southpaw allowed just two hits in six innings while striking out nine. If it weren’t for his 111 pitches, Henry might’ve had a chance to continue his scoreless outing. The sophomore ranks sixth in the Big Ten in ERA and third in opposing batting average (.202). Henry pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief last season against Maryland.

Starting Pitching Matchup 

Saturday, 2 p.m. EST

So. LHP Tyler Blohm (3-2, 4.08 ERA) vs. Fr. LHP Ben Dragani (3-0, 1.13 ERA)

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Blohm responded well after a poor outing two weeks ago against Northwestern, allowing just one earned run in 6.1 innings in a win against Illinois in the back-end of a doubleheader last Friday night. The sophomore scattered five hits and struck out nine batters. Blohm struggled against the Wolverines last season, lasting just three innings after conceding four earned runs. He only allowed three hits, but walked two and hit a batter en route to a loss. The southpaw leads all Maryland pitchers with 45 strikeouts in his 46.1 innings of work.

Dragani was absolutely dominant last weekend against Northwestern, allowing just one hit over seven innings without allowing a run. He walked one and struck out five en route to a Wolverines 3-0 win. In his freshman season, the left-hander leads the Big Ten right now with a 1.13 ERA and a .150 batting average against. He’s much more of a contact pitcher, striking out 27 batters in nearly 40 innings. Dragani was Wisconsin’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2017 and an All-State recipient.

Starting Pitching Matchup 

Sunday, 2:30 p.m. EST

Jr. RHP Hunter Parsons (3-2, 3.14 ERA) vs. So. RHP Karl Kauffmann (4-2, 3.12 ERA)

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Parsons continues to impress week after week this season, allowing just one run over 5.2 innings last weekend against Illinois. He received the no-decision in what turned into a Terps loss. The right-hander allowed three hits while striking out seven hitters. Parsons lowered his ERA even further, and it’s still the lowest among Maryland’s starting pitchers. The junior ranks second in the Big Ten in innings pitched (51.2) and eighth in opposing batting average (.215).

Kauffmann didn’t have his best stuff in his latest outing last weekend against Northwestern, allowing five hits with three walks and a hit batter in five innings. He didn’t let that hurt his performance too much, though, conceding just two earned runs. Kauffmann doesn’t pitch particularly deep into ballgames with as season-high of 6.2 innings. The right-hander hasn’t pitched more than six innings since that season-high on March 3, so the Terps will look to get into the Wolverines bullpen as early as possible.

Maryland battles back late, beats James Madison in extras

Maryland baseball had no hits in its last 23 opportunities with runners in scoring position when shortstop AJ Lee stepped to the plate Tuesday afternoon with both the tying and go-ahead runs on base trailing 1-0 in the top of the ninth inning against James Madison.

After fouling off three straight pitches in an 0-2 hole, the shortstop scorched a ball down the left-field line to tie the game at one. Pinch runner Chris Alleyne, representing the go-ahead run, was thrown out trying to score from first after falling in between third base and home.

Despite the blunder, the game was finally tied and the the day’s 0-for-14 slump with runners on base was finally broken. With two runners on with no outs in the top of the 12th, outfielders Zach Jancarski and Randy Bednar recorded back-to-back singles to give the Terps a 2-1 lead. Maryland held on for the win in the bottom half of the frame.

“It wasn’t pretty. It doesn’t have to be pretty all the time,”  head coach Rob Vaughn said. “We figured out a way to score one more than they did and at the end of the day I’ll take it.”

Both the Terps and Dukes had no problem getting on base, but struggled mightily once they reached the basepaths. The two sides started the game a combined 1-for-38 with runners on bases and 1-for-24 with runners in scoring position.

For Maryland, it was an awfully familiar phenomenon. After leaving 30 runners on base over the weekend against Illinois, the Terps continued to struggle to capitalize on their chances. They began the day 0-for-14 with runners on base and 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, but had two hits in those situations in the 12th inning alone.

Lee got on base fives times, reaching on two errors and a pair of walks in addition to his nine-inning double. The junior also stole three bases. Brad Barnett—making his first start for Maryland—drew a pair of walks in his first three at-bats of the game. He led off the top of the ninth with a leadoff infield single before he was pinch ran for by Richie Schiekofer, who scored on Lee’s double.

Maryland left the bases loaded in the first, sixth, ninth and 12th innings. Taylor Wright had the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth with a chance to give the Terps the lead but, after working a 10-pitch at-bat, struck out looking.

Starting right-hander Mark DiLuia pitched six scoreless frames after allowing a run in the first inning, but the freshman’s second consecutive strong midweek start—an area that has typically plagued the Terps—was spoiled again with sparse run support.

DiLuia conceded a leadoff double to the first batter he faced, who later scored following a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout. He then tossed six scoreless innings thereafter, finishing with four hits allowed and four strikeouts in seven innings, but received the no-decision.

“He’s went through some growing pains early,” Vaughn said of DiLuia. “He might have some growing pains still in front of him but the thing is he continues to work, he continues to get better. He’s going to be such a huge piece of what we do going forward over his next couple of years here.”

Left-hander Grant Burleson and right-hander John Murphy each pitched 1.2 innings in relief, holding the Dukes scoreless. First baseman and right-hander Kevin Biondic tossed the final 1.2 innings, earning the win for his efforts. The Terps pitchers did an incredible job pitching from the stretch, holding the Dukes 0-for-21 with runners on base.

“That’s a good win for us. That’s really good team win,” Lee said. “You have Mark DiLuia come out and really pitch well for seven innings and then our bullpen comes in and does what it’s being doing all year for us and we find a way to scratch one off there in the end.”

Maryland (16-17) is scheduled to play Michigan this weekend in Ann Arbor for the first conference road test of the season.