LINCOLN, Neb. – Junior Marty Costes hit a pair of home runs as the Maryland offense exploded for 15 runs in an 15-7 win over Nebraska at Haymarket Park Friday night.
The Terrapins (20-25, 6-9 Big Ten) jumped all over the Huskers (20-22, 4-10 Big Ten), scoring four runs in the first three innings. After Nebraska cut the lead to 4-2 after three, Maryland scored 11 runs between the sixth and eighth innings to blow the game open.
Costes started the onslaught in the first, rocketing a ball over the fence in centerfield to put the Terps on top 1-0. In the second, senior Zack Jancarski opened the game with a single before heading to second after junior Taylor Wright walked. Freshman Randy Bednar then hit a double into left center gap to plate Jancarski. Senior Justin Morris followed with a sac fly to make it a 3-0 game.
The third brought more of the same for Costes, who slammed a no doubter over the fence in left field.
Freshman Mark DiLuia was solid throughout his six innings of work, striking out four and allowing just the two earned runs in the third. DiLuia earned his first win since moving to his Friday night role.
Maryland grabbed two runs on no hits in the top of the sixth. Costes walked to open the frame before Will Watson was hit by a pitched. After Jancarski bunted the runners over, Taylor Wright grounded a ball to Zac Repinski at first. Repinski came home to try and get Costes at the plate, but the ball got away from Jesse Wilkening, which allowed Costes and Watson to score.
The Terps blew the game open in the seventh. Junior AJ Lee doubled with one out before coming in to score on a Nick Dunn triple. Dunn then scored on Costes’ third hit of the game before Jancarski singled. Wright followed with a three-run homer to right field that left the stadium.
Maryland’s four runs in the eighth came on a two-RBI double from Dunn and a Costes two-run single to left center. For the day, Costes had four hits, five RBIs and scored four times, Dunn continued his torrid year with his pair of extra base hits and three RBIs.
Nebraska would score twice in the seventh and three in the ninth.
Every Maryland player reached base and all but Randy Bednar scored a run. Wright finished with a career high four RBIs.
Maryland and Nebraska will contest game two of the three game series Saturday afternoon at 3:05 ET. Fans can watch the game on BTN Plus or listen on the Maryland Baseball Network.