COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland baseball team scored a run in the top of the eighth that proved decisive in a 5-4 victory over No 18 Michigan at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Saturday night.
The Terrapins (15-7, 2-0 Big Ten) trailed the Wolverines in some of the early innings, before tying the game in the sixth on junior Will Watson’s solo home run. Maryland is now 10-0 at home and won 14 of its last 16 games.
Michigan opened the scoring in the top of the first before the Terps responded with a run in the bottom half. Maryland loaded the bases with two walks from Zach Jancarski and Nick Dunn, and a Marty Costes infield single before Watson brought Jancarski in with a sac fly.
The Wolverines retook the lead on an Ako Thomas sac fly in the second, before taking a 3-1 lead after three and a half. Maryland scored two runs in the fourth when sophomore AJ Lee singled in Kevin Biondic and Madison Nickens.
Johnny Slater’s RBI sac bunt in the fifth gave Michigan the lead back in the fifth. Watson’s solo job off Michigan starter Ryan Nutof cleared the fence in left to tie the game.
The Terps scored the winning run in the eighth. Dunn singled to the shortstop before moving to third on a Watson single. Nickens followed with a sac fly to right to give the Terps a 5-4 lead.
Maryland starter Taylor Bloom tossed five innings, before turning the game over to Ryan Hill, who threw two scoreless innings. LHP Andrew Miller earned the first win of his career with a spotless frame in the eighth and redshirt junior Ryan Selmer picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth.
Selmer’s ninth was helped by two fantastic defensive plays. Jancarski saved a double with a fantastic catch in center for the first out. After Drew Lugbauer singled, Maryland turned a 3-6 double play to end the game.
Maryland returns to action for the final game of the series against Michigan. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and the action can be seen on BTN Plus. Fans can also listen to the game on the Maryland Baseball Network.