COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland baseball team split a Friday doubleheader against Illinois at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. The Fighting Illini (18-8, 5-3) took game one of the double dip 10-6 before the Terps (15-16, 3-2) rallied back to win game two, 7-1.
Recaps for both games can be found below.
Illinois took the lead in the first and led throughout in a 10-3 win over the Terps in game one of a doubleheader Friday.
Three straight RBI hits gave Illinois the lead before the Terps responded in the bottom half. AJ Lee singled in Marty Costes before Zach Jancarski knocked in Kevin Biondic with a single of his own.
Illinois expanded the lead to 5-2 after three before Tommy Gardiner scored on a balk in the fourth to make it 5-3. Illinois put the game out of reach with a five-run fifth.
Maryland didn’t quit and fought till the final out. Justin Vought hit his second career homer, a two-run shot, in the ninth. Jancarski then made it 10-6 with an RBI double, but that’s as close at the Terps would get.
Maryland jumped on Illinois early and didn’t look back in a 7-1 win in game two of Friday’s double header.
Sophomore lefty Tyler Blohm tossed six and a third innings of five-hit ball with nine strikeouts. Blohm allowed just one run and improved to 5-2 on the season.
Maryland’s offense struck for four runs in the bottom of the second. Kevin Biondic singled down the left field line before Zach Jancarski singled to put runners on the corners. Taylor Wright then singled to score Biondic.
After consecutive strikeouts, Justin Morris took a 2-0 pitch over the fence in right field to put the Terps up 4-0. The homer was the first of Morris’ season.
Biondic led off the bottom of the third with a deep homer to left center that went off the scoreboard. The Terps then plated a run on a Nick Dunn sac fly in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-0.
Blohm was very solid throughout his start. He sophomore dealt with Illinois slugger Bren Spillane well, striking out the midseason national player of the year three times. Illinois grabbed a run in the top half of the seventh, but John Murphy entered and quelled the threat.
Morris scored the final run of the game on a Costes groundout. For the game, the senior went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Biondic also added three hits.
Maryland and Illinois will play a rubber game Sunday afternoon at noon. Fans can follow the action on BTN Plus or the Maryland Baseball Network.