COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Down six runs after one and a half innings, the Maryland baseball team stormed all the way back to ultimately defeat William & Mary, 9-8, at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
The Terrapins (5-5) answered a six-run Tribe sixth with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame before scoring three in the sixth to take the lead. Five Maryland players notched multi-hit games and the Terps’ bullpen combined to toss seven and a third innings of two-run ball in relief of starter Hunter Parsons.
William & Mary jumped on the Terps and chased Parsons from the game in the second, which was highlighted by Kyle Wrighte three-run homer. Junior Ryan Hill relieved Parsons to get the Terps out of the inning, and ended of throwing three and one third of an inning scoreless with a career-high six strikeouts.
Maryland pulled itself back into the game in the bottom half of the second. After junior Brandon Gum was hit by a pitch and junior Nick Cieri singled, junior Will Watson singled into the right centerfield gap to plate Gum.
Two batters later, junior Kevin Biondic slapped a single back up the middle to score Cieri and Watson. Junior Zach Jancarski then doubled to move Biondic to third, and the Oak Lawn, Ill., native ultimately scored on a wild pitch to make it a 6-4 game.
The two teams’ bullpens then combined to toss three and half innings of scoreless ball before Maryland’s three-run sixth inning. Junior Madison Nickens reached on a bunt single to open the frame followed by a Kevin Smith double to put runners on second and third. Jancarski then tied the game with a two-run double.
Sophomore Nick Dunn gave Maryland the lead with a single up the middle to plate Jancarski. The Terps added another run in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs and scoring a run when sophomore Dan Maynard was hit by a pitch.
After William & Mary scored in the top of the eighth, Maryland added an insurance run in the bottom half when Gum singled in Dunn. The Tribe added a run in the top of the ninth, but Ryan Selmer held on for his second save of the year to give Maryland the win.
Maryland is back to action Wednesday, March 8 against St. Joseph’s at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. and fans can listen to the contest live on the Maryland Baseball Network.