COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland scored seven runs in the first five innings Tuesday and cruised to a 10-1 victory over Delaware at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. Seven different Terrapins registered a knock in the contest to help Maryland finish with double-digit hits (12) for the fifth time this season.
In addition to the strong offensive outing, Maryland (10-1) received a solid start for sophomore lefty Jake Drossner, who scattered four hits over four innings with five strikeouts. Four Terps combined to hold the Blue Hens (6-8) scoreless over the final five innings of the game led by Tayler Stiles.
Stiles entered in the top of the fifth with runners at first and second and no outs. The freshman lefty minimized the damage allowing only one run to cross on two fielder’s choices and a strikeout. Stiles finished with three strikeouts in two perfect innings of relief and received high praise from head coach John Szefc.
“I thought the turning point of that game was when Stiles came in,” said Szefc. “We really try to preach to these guys about minimizing the damage, giving up a one-run inning instead of a three-run inning. That’s exactly what he did. He’s really coming [along] quick as a freshman. He’s an advanced freshman.”
Maryland opened the scoring in the second. With Kyle Convissar on second and Anthony Papio standing on first, Blake Schmit singled through the right side to load the bases. With the bases full, Nick Cieri, who went 2-for-4, hit a RBI single to left.
Andrew Amaro would add to the Terps total in the next at-bat by bringing home Papio on a grounder to second. Two batters later, Brandon Lowe earned his lone RBI of the contest when he drew a five-pitch walk to force home Schmit.
In the fourth, Charlie White scored on a LaMonte Wade grounder after reaching on a walk and stealing second. Lowe, who singled to reach base, came home from second after Convissar beat out an infield grounder and the errant throw got away from Delaware’s first baseman.
After the Blue Hens trimmed the Maryland lead to 5-1 in the top of the fifth, the Terps answered with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Schmit led off the frame with a single and stole second to get into scoring position. Cieri followed with a double to right to give the Terps runners at second and third with no outs.
After White was intentionally walked, Lowe reached on a fielder’s choice and when the throw got past the first baseman Cieri came around to score. Two batters later with the bases loaded, Convissar picked up a RBI after being hit by a pitch to force home the third run of the inning.
Maryland increased its lead to nine runs in the eighth after Schmit tripled off the wall in center and later scored on a Michael Montville double to right. White tacked on two runs with a single to right following the Montville double.
Convissar and Schmit led the team with three hits apiece. White added two RBI and two runs scored. Cieri and Montville each finished with a double.
Maryland is back home Friday to begin a three-game series against 13th-ranked North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.