Terps Take Two, Sweep Series

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland baseball team outscored Bryant 13-2 over two games to win a Sunday doubleheader and sweep the series at Bob “Turtle Smith Stadium.

With the sweep, the Terrapins extended its Big Ten best win streak to eight games. Maryland received a pair of sensational starts from junior Taylor Bloom and freshman Tyler Blohm, who combined to toss 13 innings without giving up an earned run.

With the win in game one, Maryland head coach John Szefc became the fastest baseball coach in school history to reach the 150 win mark.

Junior Zach Jancarski and sophomore Marty Costes sparked the offensive, reaching base a combined 13 times over two games. Jancarski scored the first run in both games.

Maryland finished the day with 10 stolen bases and now have 33 for the season, surpassing their total from all of last season (28 in 57 games).

Recaps of both games are below.

Game One

Sophomore Marty Costes reached base five times in five plate appearances and junior Taylor Bloom tossed seven innings without giving up an earned run as Maryland lead from start to finish in a 9-2 victory over Bryant in game one of a doubleheader.

The Terps jumped on top in a three-run first. Junior Zach Jancarski walked to open the contest before stealing second. He scored when Costes doubled into the right centerfield gap. After senior Brandon Gum walked, junior Will Watson singled to center to plate Costes.

With Gum on third, junior Kevin Smith smacked a sac fly to center to drive in Maryland’s third run of the inning.

Bloom was relatively untroubled throughout the game, working quickly he picked through the Bryant order. The Bulldogs plated a single run in the third and sixth, both aided by Maryland errors.

The Terps answered Bryant’s run in the third with two of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Costes walked to start the inning and moved to third on a Brandon Gum infield single. After Gum stole second, Smith was intentionally walked to load the bases. Junior Kevin Biondic then drew a walk to plate Costes.

Junior Jamal Wade grabbed his first RBI of the season one batter later with an RBI groundout that brought home Gum.

The Terrapins extended the lead in the fifth. Biondic walked to start the threat before Wade reached on an error. After Biondic was picked off, junior Justin Morris singled up the middle before both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Jancarski then came through with a double down the left field line to clear the bases.

Maryland grabbed two more in the sixth when Gum smashed a two-run homer to left field. It plated Costes, who had doubled, and was the first home run of Gum’s Maryland career.

Game Two

Freshman Tyler Blohm sparkled with six strikeouts in six shutout innings to propel Maryland to a 4-0 win against Bryant in game two.

Zach Jancarski led the game off with a walk and ended up coming around to score when Brandon Gum plated him with a sacrifice fly. The junior was at the center of things once again throughout the day, reaching base three times.

Blohm sat down the first 11 batters he faced and really only faced trouble in the fifth inning when he stranded two runners in scoring position. He ended the game with six strikeouts to just one walk.

Maryland padded its lead in the fourth. After Nick Cieri reached on a walk and Will Watson on a single, Kevin Smith doubled to right field to clear the bases. Smith ended up reached third on a passed ball and scored on a balk.

Junior right-hander Ryan Hill tossed an inning and two thirds of scoreless relief before leaving in the eighth with the bases loaded. Sophomore Andrew Miller extinguished that threat and earned his second save of the season.

Maryland returns to action Tuesday when it travels to North Carolina. First pitch between the Terps and Tar Heels is set for 4 p.m. and fans can watch live on ACC Network Extra or listen on the Maryland Baseball Network.