COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Marty Costes had two hits, a run scored and an RBI, but the Maryland baseball team fell, 6-2, to No. 18 Michigan at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Terrapins (15-8, 2-1 Big Ten) played from behind for most of the contest and were unable to generate enough offense to complete a comeback. Michigan bounced Terrapin starting LHP Tyler Blohm in a three-run fourth inning.
Michigan took the lead with a run in the first before the Terps tied the ballgame in the bottom half of the opening frame. Sophomore Nick Dunn doubled with one out before coming in to score on Costes’ single back up the middle.
Blohm tossed a pair of scoreless frames in the second and third, but did not survive the fourth. Michigan plated three, aided by two passed balls and a wild pitch. Miles Lewis provided the Wolverines with an RBI single.
Michigan added single runs in the fifth and sixth to expand the lead. The Terps attempted to rally in the bottom half of the sixth when junior Will Watson and Costes slapped back-to-back singles to open the frame. After the runners advanced on a wild pitch, junior Kevin Smith drove in Costes with a sac fly to make it a 6-2 game.
The Terps would put two on with one out in the ninth, but Michigan’s Jackson Lamb closed the door.
Watson reached base four times and has reached base in 15 straight games. Costes has reached in 14 straight and is riding an eight-game hitting streak. Sophomore RHP John Murphy tossed two scoreless frames of relief for the Terps.
Maryland returns to action at Saint Joseph’s for a midweek contest on Wednesday. First pitch from John W. Smithson Field is set for 3 p.m., and fans can listen to the action on the Maryland Baseball Network.