March 5, 2017 || National Training Complex ||12:20 p.m.
CARY, N.C. – Maryland’s offensive exploded for 11 runs on 14 hits behind a solid start from freshman Tyler Blohm (2-1) as the Terps dominated Dayton en route to a 11-2 win in game three of the USA Baseball-Irish Classic Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
The Terrapins (4-5) completed a weekend sweep with its win over the Flyers after victories over Notre Dame and No. 6 NC State. Maryland’s middle infield duo of sophomore Nick Dunn (4-for-6, 2 doubles, 3 RBI) and junior Kevin Smith (3-for-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBI) paced the offense.
Maryland jumped on Dayton starter Tyler Jones in the first, scoring three runs on five hits. Junior Zach Jancarski led off the contest with a hit for the fourth game running before moving the second on Dunn’s first base knock of the game. Jancarski would move to third on Nick Cieri’s flyout.
Senior Madison Nickens then picked up from where he left off Saturday, slapping a single to score Jancarski. That would start a wave of three consecutive singles, with junior Kevin Biondic and Smith also picked up RBI hits.
Dayton scratched on a single run on Blohm in the second and fifth, but the freshman was solid throughout, setting a career high with six strikeouts and walking two. Just one of his runs was earned.
The Terps manufactured a run in the fourth. Sophomore AJ Lee walked before stealing second. He then moved to third on a Jancarski fly out to set up Dunn, who singled to left-center to plate Lee.
Maryland blew the game open with a four-run fifth inning, highlighted by Smith’s two-run double that brought home Nickens and Biondic. Lee picked up an RBI single in the frame and then scored on Dunn’s double down the right field line.
Back-to-back doubles from Smith and sophomore Dan Maynard scored Maryland’s first run of the seventh. Maynard came in to score on Jancarski’s single up the middle as the Terps took a 10-2 lead into the eighth.
Another Dunn double, once again down the right field line, plated Jancarski in the ninth to finish out the scoring.
Maryland stole six bags in the game, its first six-steal game since March 19, 2014 against UMBC.
Maryland returns to action for a midweek showdown with William & Mary on Tuesday, March 7 in the home opener at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. and the game can be heard live on the Maryland Baseball Network.