Minnesota Takes the Series in Crucial Game Three

Maryland’s bats went ice cold in a loss to Minnesota in the rubber match of a crucial three game series in late-May Big Ten play. On the day, the Terps lineup went 4-29 from the plate in the 2-1 loss.

Coming into Sunday’s game, Maryland sat at eighth place in conference standings. After the loss, the Terps drop to 10th and have a big hill to climb if they want to reach the postseason.

In what was a pitcher’s duel for most of the contest, Maryland junior Tyler Blohm made his fourth start of the season and threw a scoreless three before surrendering two runs, one earned, in the fourth, his last inning on the mound. In 72 pitches, the southpaw fanned four batters and walked two in his first outing since May 1.

The Terps’ usual Sunday starter, freshman Trevor LaBonte, came out of the bullpen in a big way and kept his team in the game, with 4.2 innings of scoreless work.

With Blohm on a short pitch-count coming off an injury, LaBonte expected to be called upon and did not disappoint in his tenure on the bump. After letting up a hit to his second batter faced in the fourth, the righty sat down 13 straight into the ninth inning.

Minnesota’s starter, Joshua Culliver, tossed 5.2 innings in dominating fashion, conceding only two hits and no runs. The Terrapins could not figure out the Gopher starter and failed to get a hit until the fourth inning.

The Terps almost made a comeback in the final inning of the game when Randy Bednar led off with a home run to center field, his ninth of the season. Third baseman Taylor Wright  followed Bednar with a double into the gap, putting the tying run on second with no outs.

With two on and none out, left fielder Michael Pineiro struck out, followed by catcher Justin Vought’s strike out of his own. Freshman Josh Maguire grounded to short to end spoil the comeback and end the game.

On a day where virtually nothing went their way at the plate, the Terps now look to next weekend’s Big Ten finale against Iowa to push them to the postseason. With the top eight teams in the conference making the tournament, Maryland needs multiple wins at home against a top team in the conference for a shot to play another day.


Maryland drops a 16 run bomb on the Tribe

After what seemed like another blowout loss to William & Mary early in the game, the Terps fired back with an enormous offensive performance to post their highest run total of the season, securing a 16-10 victory.

The rally started in the third inning with back-to-back solo home runs from third baseman Taylor Wright and first baseman Maxwell Costes that carried Maryland back from a 6-1 deficit. The Terps then turned to small ball for the remainder of the comeback, something that the Tribe could not contain.

“You got to take what the game gives you,” said head coach Rob Vaughn. “Our offense needs to build around setting innings up. By being able to use the short game, it opens up holes for you, for guys to take good swings.”

Designated hitter Josh Maguire poked a single through the hole into left field to bring in catcher Justin Vought. In the nine hole, center fielder Chris Alleyne then drew a walk with the bases loaded to bring in yet another run for the Terrapins.

AJ Lee continued his domination at the plate with an RBI of his own. The shortstop’s sac fly tied things up as right fielder Randy Bednar followed him up with a single to give the Terps a 7-6 lead. Bednar also delivered another RBI knock in the fifth to break the game open for Maryland with a 9-6 lead, his team-high third hit of the day.

“Hitting in the two spot, you get a lot of quality at-bats,” said Bednar. “We got people on base and into scoring position with some way to execute.”

With the first three innings lasting an astounding 96 minutes, the ballgame was anything but a pitcher’s dual. A total of 26 hits in the contest proved that it was the power of the bats that controlled the game.

“Coach Vaughn always says ‘anyway to get on board,'” said Bednar. “That’s what we do. When we’re not hitting the long ball, we always say pass it on to the next guy.”

To follow up their six run third inning, the Terps brought in seven more in the fifth to make it their highest scoring game of the year with 16 runs.

In the longest inning of the day, 11 Terps stepped up to the plate. Michael Pineiro, who entered the game for Alleyne in the top of the inning, singled to right to bring in the first of seven runs for Maryland.

The inning was highlighted by a grand slam belted over the batter’s eye in center field by Justin Vought, his fifth of the year.

“That one felt good,” said Vought. “Fastball up, that’s what I’m trying to do with that pitch. Like I said, that one felt good for sure.”

Maguire also went deep for the Terps to bring the score up to its final 16 runs. The fourth home run for the Maryland made it the most in a game all season.

“16 runs is great, four homers is great,” said Vaughn. “But the way they attacked the game, they attacked it with a lot of passion, a lot of energy. When you attack the game like that, more times than not, good things will happen.”

A day that heavily relied on the bullpen for Maryland featured a strong outing from sophomore Mark DiLuia. The righty went 4.2 strong innings, striking out four and conceding only two earned runs and four hits.

“Mark DiLuia is the reason we won today,” said Vaughn. “The key to that game is that we’re in the third inning and we need zeros.”

Sean Fisher came in to start the seventh for DiLuia and continued to dominate the Tribe offense. In two innings, the southpaw let up only one hit and a run in 31 pitches.

The Tribe started the afternoon hot, earning seven hits through the first two innings, yet failed to bring in runners for the remainder of the game. A total of 10 runners were left on base for William & Mary in the contest.

With the Terps’ 16 runs in the game, they scored more runs than their last four games combined. After dropping the game 8-1 a week ago to the Tribe, Maryland completed its revenge in a big way, now earning a 6-1 record in mid-week games this season.

In a quick turnaround, the Terps are back on the field Wednesday to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers for a 4 p.m. start.

Game Preview: William & Mary Tribe

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Maryland returns home after a week long road trip to take on William & Mary in a midweek matchup on Tuesday. The Terps, who are coming off a series win at Illinois, seek revenge on the Tribe after dropping a game in Virginia last week.

Heading into last week’s game against William and Mary, Maryland was a perfect 5-0 in midweek games on the year, but the Tribe handed the Terps their first loss with a dominating score of 8-1.

A total of seven pitchers threw for Maryland, after starter Tuck Tucker went four innings. Sean Fisher was the most successful out of the many relievers, who tossed 1.2 innings with two strikeouts and conceding only one hit.

In their latest series, the Terps traveled to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini in a Big Ten weekend series. After dropping its last three weekend series including two sweeps to East Carolina and Creighton, Maryland was desperate for a different result.

In the first game, the Terps rallied for four late runs in the ninth to earn the series opener. With a few singles, bunts and wild pitches, Maryland took advantage to take the lead and not give it back.

The Terps dropped the second game of the series, losing to Illinois 5-1. It seemed as if the Terps were making yet another comeback after getting two runners on in the ninth, but they failed to bring anyone home to even the score. Maryland took the series with a 8-4 win over Illinois in the third game. Randy Bednar blasted a three-run homer to left, his team-leading fifth of the season.

William & Mary Tribe (20-9, 4-4 CAA)

Last Season

The Tribe had the fewest wins in the program’s last 20 years with a grand total of 15, three of which came on the road. Their postseason hopes were eliminated with a 16-game losing streak to end the year. The Terps, however, dropped both games against William & Mary in the 15-win season.

This Season

As opposed to a disappointing 2018 campaign, William & Mary has started this year hot, posting 20 wins in the first two months of play. In the first 12 games of the spring, the Tribe only dropped one game and picked up big wins in non-conference play. With an even 4-4 record in CAA conference, William & Mary sits in fourth place, two games out of first.  

Hitters to Watch

Three hitters in the Tribe’s lineup are hitting above the .300 mark this season. Senior infielder Zach Pearson leads the team with a .327 average, complimented by 23 runs driven in. He is followed by senior catcher Hunter Smith, who with an average of .321 has hit eight home runs and 29 RBIs in as many games played. Freshman Hunter Hart is hitting .300 with 15 RBIs of his own.  

Relievers to Watch

Sophomore Randall Prosperi is the Tribe’s best arm out of the bullpen. In 17.1 innings of work, the righty has a 2.08 ERA with 19 strikeouts, while also picking up three wins in his tenure. The other effective reliever for William & Mary has been redshirt-junior Chris Farrell. In 15.1 innings, the righty has fanned 25 batters while only letting up 10 hits.


Terps Overpower Elon at the Plate for the Win

An offensive explosion complimented by smart base running lifted Maryland over the Elon Phoenix on Tuesday. After falling victim to a perfect game on Sunday against East Carolina, the Terps landed at least one man on base in all nine innings to secure a 11-4 win.

Maryland went hitless in its matchup on Sunday against ECU, but ended the theme early on Tuesday, securing five hits through the first two innings, totaling 15 hits on the day. Catcher Justin Vought, who went 0-9 over the weekend, got a hit in his first at-bat and two more later in the game.

Senior AJ Lee earned three hits, with his second one coming at a great time. After a comeback by Elon where the Phoenix took the lead away from the Terps, the shortstop delivered a two RBI double to break things open, giving Maryland a 7-4 lead in the seventh. Then, in the eighth, Lee belted his first home run of the season for his fourth RBI of the day.

Caleb Walls, with four hits on the day, extended the early lead for Maryland with a two RBI inside-the-park home run in the second, making it 3-0. Later, in the seventh, Walls delivered another big hit where he brought in Maryland’s eighth run of the afternoon. He followed Lee in the eighth inning with a home run of his own, his second of the day, giving him four RBIs in the game.

On the other side of the ball, Mark DiLuia made his first start of the year, where he fanned three batters in 2.1 innings of work, conceding one earned run. A bullpen heavy day for the Terps featured freshmen Daniel O’Connor and Will Glock. Together, they went 4.2 innings as Glock struck out three and did not give up a hit.

Elliot Zoellner also contributed to the Terps’ cause on the mound, striking out three in one inning to set up Billy Phillips in the ninth. The southpaw came in, struck out two and secured Maryland’s first win in a week heading into Wednesday’s matchup against the Phoenix.

Series Preview: Elon Phoenix

The Maryland Terrapins (10-8) are coming off a weekend series against No.17 East Carolina, where they lost all three games to the Pirates. After the sweep at home, the Terps are on the road to take on Elon in a midweek two-game series.

Maryland is 8-6 against Elon in the series history, with the most recent victory coming a season ago when the Terps took the game 11-3. The Terps are looking to do more damage at the plate against the Phoenix in the series after posting only one run in 27 innings over the weekend.

Although the weekend series was not ideal for Maryland at the plate, the pitching staff continued to succeed against a tough lineup. After conceding nine runs in the first game, the Terps gave up five runs in the following two games combined. Junior Zach Thompson threw eight innings in the second game, letting up two runs, followed by six scoreless frames.

The final game of the weekend was quite the pitchers duel. Trevor LaBonte started for the Terps, going 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out four on five hits. On the other side of the ball, however, is where the cheers were. Sophomore Jake Kuchmaner tossed a perfect game for the Pirates, the first of his young career.

The young bullpen worked through tough situations for the Terps, as well. Freshman Andrew Vail fanned two in an inning of work on Saturday, while four relievers came out of the bullpen on Sunday to take over for LaBonte.

Elon Phoenix (11-8, 0-0 CAA)

Last Season

The Phoenix finished the 2018 campaign with their most wins since 2011. A 36-23 record was stopped short with an early exit in their conference tournament after falling to top-seeded Northeastern.

This Season

Elon is off to a good start this season, picking up some big out of conference wins to boost its early season resume. In a two game series against No.20 Wake Forest, the Phoenix split the series with the Demon Deacons. In their last series, the Phoenix won two of three at Western Carolina.

Hitters to Watch

Elon has three hitters with an average above the .300 mark on the year. Leading the team is junior infielder Joe Satterfield, who in 19 games is batting .403 with a .569 slugging percentage. Garrett Stonehouse and Cam Devanney round out the top of Elon’s order that has damaged opposing pitchers this season.

Relievers to Watch

Three arms out of the bullpen for the Phoenix have sub-2.00 ERAs, including Naushon Galbraith (1.00) and Ty Adcock (1.69), with eight and 11 strikeouts, respectively.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. ET

So. RHP Mark DiLuia (0-0, 3.68 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Kyle Greenler (0-0, 1.98 ERA)

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Tuesday is DiLuia’s first start of the season after coming out of the bullpen seven times. A season ago, he started 12 games in 14 appearances with a 5.62 ERA and 47 strikeouts. His longest outing of his 2019 campaign came in 3.1 innings of work against Delaware where he fanned two and let up one hit.

Greenler has started one game in nine appearances this year. As one of Elon’s strongest arms in the bullpen, Greenler is one of three pitchers with a sub-two ERA in at least nine innings of work.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Tuck Tucker (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBD

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The southpaw has yet to let up a run in 2.1 innings of work this season. Tucker will also be getting his first start of the year like DiLuia. Opposing hitters are batting .250 with two hits against the junior.

Louisiana Walks it Off for the Second Time in One Day

The theme of a walk-off fashion win stayed consistent in the second game of Saturday’s double header, as Louisiana won by a mere 2-1.

With Maryland leading the whole game, Louisiana came back to score on a safety squeeze and a throwing error to take game two of Saturday’s double header.

Before the ninth, however, the Terps dominated the game on the mound and at the plate over the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Trevor LaBonte controlled the game for the Terps, giving the third quality start by a Maryland pitcher in the three-game series. In his six innings of work, LaBonte held the Ragin’ Cajuns scoreless, only allowing one hit and striking out six.

With most of the bullpen being used up in the 14 inning ordeal earlier in the day, many of Maryland’s arm were used up for the final three innings of the night game.

Daniel O’Connor came in to relieve LaBonte in the seventh and delivered a scoreless inning to keep the Terps on top. Another freshman, Andrew Vail, came in for Maryland in the backend of the game. With the bases loaded, Vail issued a huge strikeout and a groundout to keep the Ragin’ Cajuns from scoring in the eighth.

With no runners on until the top of the fourth, Maryland was being shut down by the Louisiana starter for the second straight game. Then, the Terps got three straight guys on to shake things up against Austin Perrin, but failed to score.

In the next inning, Maryland got back to work without a hitch in their step. Sebastian Holte-Mancera, starting at catcher in the second game, led the inning off with a single. Tommy Gardiner, who had three hits in the game, followed with a double to make it second and third with no outs.

Freshman Kody Milton, starting at first base, laid down a safety squeeze to bring in Holte-Mancera, breaking the 0-0 tie with some small ball play.

With two heart-breaking losses in the same day, the Terps lose the series to the Ragin’ Cajuns two games to one. They fall to 6-4 on the year.

Terps Drop Heartbreaker in 14 Innings

In a back-and-forth battle that lasted until the 14th inning, Louisiana pulled away with a win, defeating Maryland 4-3. Neither team budged for what seemed like an eternity, but in the end the Ragin’ Cajuns were able to play small ball to bring in the winning run.

Down by a run in the ninth, the Ragin Cajuns worked to get bases loaded against Maryland closer John Murphy. A wild pitch scored Bourgeois to tie it up at three, but the Terps’ reliever was able to get out of a jam to force extra innings.

However, extra inning dominance by the Ragin’ Cajuns was the opposite of the trend in the rest of the game.

Ragin’ Cajuns starter Dalton Horton pitched a perfect game into the sixth inning, sitting down 16 consecutive hitters to start his outing. Everything changed when second baseman Tommy Gardiner stepped up to the plate.

Gardiner, who was a late addition to the lineup after AJ Lee was scratched due to a leg injury, snuck one through the hole into the outfield, reaching base as Maryland’s first base runner.

Center fielder Chris Alleyne, batting in the nine-hole, followed Gardiner with a blast off the wall resulting in an RBI triple. The third outfielder, Caleb Walls, then used small ball to tie it up, putting down a safety squeeze that scored Alleyne.

With the momentum on their side, the Terps hit a pair of doubles in the next inning by Taylor Wright and Ben Cowles put Maryland in the lead, 3-2. The freshman Cowles delivered a clutch two out hit that finally knocked Horton out of the game after 6.2 innings.

Zach Thompson took the mound for the Terps, and after a shaky second inning, dominated Louisiana. In 6.2 innings of work, the righty fanned five hitters, while conceding five hits and two runs.

Mark DiLuia came in for Thompson picked up right where there starter led off. The sophomore stranded a runner at third in the seventh and then picked up all three outs in the eighth, not giving up a hit in the process.

Seven different pitchers came out of the bullpen for Maryland, hurting its chances to back up the starters in the next game on Saturday night.