Feb. 19, 2017 || Spectrum Field || 10 a.m.
CLEARWATER, Fla. –Sophomore outfielder Marty Costes reached base four times, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs to lead the No. 22 Maryland baseball team past Alabama State, 9-7, at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., Sunday morning.
The Terrapins (1-2) fell behind early, but used a six-run fourth inning to take control of the game. Freshman Tyler Blohm was solid the first start of his career, tossing five innings to earn his first career win.
Alabama State opening the scoring with three runs in the top half of the second before Maryland responded in the next half inning. Senior Nick Cieri was hit by a pitch before junior Will Watson walked. The Terps executed some small ball with junior Kevin Smith’s sacrifice bunt to move the runners was made good by sophomore Dan Maynard’s sac fly to bring on Cieri.
Costes almost singlehandedly manufactured a run in the third was a 1-1 blast just missed being a home run. The sophomore ended up on third and scored on Brandon Gum’s single down the left field line to cut the Alabama State lead to 3-2.
Maryland took the lead and more in the fourth. Smith started the threat with a single to center and a steal of second. Maynard followed with a single to center to plate Smith. The sophomore catcher advanced to second on a throw home on the Smith scoring play before stealing third during AJ Lee’s at bat. Lee drew a free pass, and Maynard subsequently scored on an error that allowed Zach Jancarski to reach.
Sophomore Nick Dunn advanced the runners with a groundout and Costes did the rest, roping a single to center to clear the bases. Gum then doubled before Cieri capped the inning with a two-RBI single down the right field line to make the score 8-3.
Other than his struggles in the second, Blohm was solid in his collegiate debut, striking out four and allowing two earned runs. Redshirt junior Ryan Selmer was fantastic in relief of Blohm, tossing three scoreless innings.
Maryland grabbed an insurance run in the eighth when Cieri’s single plated Dunn. The Terps were aggressive throughout the contest on the base paths and ended up with four stolen bases. It is the first time Maryland has had four steals in a game since March 1, 2015 against Appalachian State.
The Terps ran into trouble in the ninth, giving up four runs before sophomore Andrew Miller shut the door to earn his first career save.
Five Terrapins had multi-hit games and Cieri ended with three RBI.
Maryland returns to action next weekend for a three-game set at LSU. Game on is set for an 8 p.m. first pitch and both game can be seen live on SEC Network Plus and heard live on the Maryland Baseball Network.