BEL AIR, Md. – Junior right hander Bobby Ruse tossed a career-high six innings surrendering only four hits to pace Maryland in a 5-2 victory over Delaware Tuesday night at Harford Baseball Field on the campus of Harford Community College.
The Terrapin offense provided more than enough run support for Ruse. The Terps (12-6) totaled 11 hits led by three from shortstop Blake Schmit and two apiece from Jose Cuas and Charlie White. Catcher Kevin Martir and White each finished with two RBI.
From the third inning onward, Ruse retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced. Ruse held to the Blue Hens to one run and struck out three to improve his record to 1-0 on the season. In the seventh, the Terps turned to the bullpen with Brandon Casas working 1-2/3 innings and Tayler Stiles earning the final four outs for his first career save.
Maryland got the offense going in the second behind singles from Cuas and Krysthian Leal to load the bases. White then shot a single back up the middle to bring home two runs. In the third, the Terps added one to their total to increase their lead to 3-0.
The Blue Hens (9-9) cut into the deficit in the home half of the fourth. Norm Donkin got Delaware on the board scoring on a sacrifice fly from Alex Mottle.
In the seventh, the Terps gave themselves a little cushion by adding two insurance runs. With Convissar standing on first, Schmit doubled off the wall in left center moving Convissar to third. With two outs, Martir laced a two-RBI double down the left field line to give Maryland a 5-1 lead.
The Blue Hens scored a second run in the eighth, but Stiles entered to get the final four outs including a perfect ninth inning. Delaware’s Kevin Milley suffered the loss dropping his record to 0-1.
It is a quick turnaround for Maryland. The Terps face UMBC at noon at Harford Baseball Field Wednesday.