Maryland beats Delaware 11-6 for a second time this season

Though it took Maryland’s offense a few innings to warm up Wednesday against Delaware, once the Terps took the lead they stayed ahead, defeating the Blue Hens 11-6 in Newark, Delaware, for Maryland’s 10th win of the season.

The Blue Hens jumped out to an early one-run lead in the first inning, extending their lead in the second on a leadoff solo homer from Jack Goan and an RBI single from Erik Bowren.

The Terp’s offense––on a hot streak as of late–– showed out in the fourth inning. Maryland pounced on Delaware pitchers Joey Haass and Jack Dubecq, putting up  four runs to take the lead. After a leadoff walk from sophomore Tommy Gardiner, senior Caleb Walls drove an RBI triple to the right-center field wall to put the Terps on the board.

Then, Randy Bednar drove in Walls with a single to left, and with two outs in the inning, Benjamin Cowles knocked a two-RBI double down the left-field line to score Bednar and Maxwell Costes to make the score 4-3.

Both offenses went cold for a few innings, until Maryland loaded the bases in the top of the eighth. With two outs, the two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Costes smashed a grand slam to left field, extending the Terps’ lead to 8-3.

Delaware pulled a little closer in the bottom of the eighth, capitalizing on a few walks and Maryland errors to put up a three-run rally.

But in the bottom of the ninth, after a wild pitch from Delaware pitcher C.J. Schaible allowed Sebastian Holte-Mancera to cross the plate, Chris Alleyne stepped in th ebox with one runner on and blasted his third home run of the season, giving Maryland an 11-6 lead.

Terrapin head coach Rob Vaughn heavily utilized his bullpen against Delaware again this week, starting sophomore Drew Wilden, but taking him out in the second inning with one out, after he gave up five hits and three runs.The lefty struck out three in his 1.1-inning outing. Freshman Will Glock entered for 1.2 innings, giving up  one hit but walking three.

Juniors Tuck Tucker and Elliot Zoellner gave up only one hit combined, pitching two innings each. Nick Turnbull came in for Zoellner in the eighth, giving up three unearned runs in the inning. Freshman Daniel O’Connor came in for the ninth inning to give Maryland their 10th win of the young season.

Maryland will be challenged by No. 17 East Carolina this weekend for a three-game series in College Park.

 

Game Preview: Delaware Blue Hens

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After taking two of three from Stetson over the weekend, Maryland ((9-5) will look to keep the offense rolling on the road Wednesday as it takes on Delaware (1-13) for the second time this season. 

Last Tuesday, Maryland came back to beat the Blue Hens, 11-6, in College Park. Terps catcher Justin Vought went 3-for-5 in the win and head coach Rob Vaughn used the game as an opportunity for a bullpen day, using seven relievers.

Maryland’s offense had its way with Stetson pitching all weekend, scoring 22 runs in the three-game series. Center fielder Chris Alleyne had six hits, while Max Costes and Taylor Wright both tallied five hits over the weekend. Before being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday, Costes accumulated 6 RBIs, including his second homer of the season. Costes currently leads all Maryland starters with a .538 slugging percentage.

Alleyne also had a big series, hitting his first two home runs of the year in Sunday’s 8-4 win. He also contributed two doubles and 5 RBIs over the course of the series.

It was an all-around impressive pitching performance for the Terps in Friday’s 7-0 win. Starting pitcher, Hunter Parsons, allowed only six hits, one walk, while recording 10 strikeouts. The bullpen, consisting of Nick Turnbull, Andrew Vail, Mark DiLuia and John Murphy let up no hits and only 2 walks in the game.

Delaware Blue Hens (1-13, 0-0 CAA)

Last Season

Delaware finished off 2018 with a 31-27 record, going 13-12 in the Colonial Athletic Association. They were eliminated by Northeastern in the CAA tournament to end the season. The Blue Hens lost two key players from last year’s winning season to the MLB Draft. One of them being Nick Patten, who was their main source of offense. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates while starting pitcher Kyle Hinton was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.

This Season

Delaware is 1-13 on the season, but look to gain momentum from Sunday’s win over Fairfield, which was their first win of the season. Two weekends ago, the Blue Hens were dominated by New Mexico State in a four-game series, letting up 54 runs in four losses over three days.

Hitters to Watch

Sophomore Zack Miller leads the Blue Hens with a .326 batting average and 15 hits on the season. He’s also tallied a homer and 6 RBIs, while posting a .435 slugging percentage.

Another important contributor is Jordan Hutchins, who leads the team in doubles with four, home runs with two, and RBIs with nine. Hutchins is currently slugging .440 on the season.

Relievers to Watch

After losing a lot of their bullpen production from last season, the Blue Hens have yet to find much relief pitching consistency. Jack Dubecq and Justin Tomovich have been bright spots for Delaware’s ‘pen. Dubecq has posted a 2.35 ERA with 7 2/3 innings pitched this season. He’s also held his opponents to a .222 batting average so far this season.

Despite only throwing four innings so far, Tomovich has been solid. He has a 2.25 ERA and has recorded three strikeouts, holding opponents to a .231 batting average.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Wednesday 3:00 p.m. ET

TBA vs. TBA

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Sophomore left-hander Drew Wilden has started in both of Maryland’s midweek games this season. He only lasted four outs last week against Delaware, still working his way back from Tommy John surgery. 

Delaware’s only midweek game of the season was the one against Maryland. The Blue Hens threw freshman right-hander Joey Silan, who allowed five runs in five innings.