Terps Sweep Series With Scarlet Knights

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Maryland baseball team outscored Rutgers 15-2 in a doubleheader to take both games and finish off a series sweep Sunday afternoon at Bainton Field.

The Terrapins (18-8, 5-1 Big Ten) were in control throughout all three games of the series, outscoring Rutgers 20-3. Maryland’s pitching was especially sensational, sporting an 0.67 ERA for the series.

Recaps of both games can be found below.

Game One (Box Score)

Senior Tayler Stiles tossed four innings of scoreless relief to lead the Terps past Rutgers in game one of a doubleheader with Rutgers at Bainton Field.

The Terrapins scored five runs over the seventh and eighth innings to secure the victory. Maryland starter RHP Taylor Bloom tossed four innings of one-run ball.

Maryland opened the scoring in the second. Senior Brandon Gum singled to start the inning, before coming around on two passed balls and a fly out. Rutgers evened up the score in the third on Jawuan Harris’ RBI single.

Stiles’ first contribution to the game was working Maryland out of a runners on the corners jam with nobody out in the fifth. The senior struck out the first batter he faced, watched Justin Morris gun down a Scarlet Knight attempting to steal second, before punching out Milo Freeman to end the inning.

That strikeout would start a series of 10 consecutive batters that Stiles would retire. The Bowie, Md., native left with nobody out in the ninth before sophomore right-hander John Murphy and redshirt junior RHP Ryan Selmer finished out the contest.

Maryland’s offensive picked up its pitching staff in the seventh and eighth innings. The seventh saw junior Will Watson stroke a one-out double before coming around to score when a throw attempting to get Madison Nickens out at first on a bunt rolled into foul ground. Nickens would end up at third on that play and then score on AJ Lee’s squeeze bunt.

The Terps padded the lead with three runs in the eighth. Senior Patrick Hisle opened the inning with a walk and then scored on Nick Dunn’s triple down the right field line. After Marty Costes walked, Dunn scored on a balk that also sent Costes to second. Watson capitalized with a single to center that sent Costes home.

Dunn and Watson finished with multi-hit games.

Game Two (Box Score)

Maryland’s offense jumped on Rutgers earl with six runs in the first three innings and didn’t look back in a 9-1 victory at Bainton Field.

The Terrapins notched those nine runs on 10 hits behind starter Tyler Blohm, who earned the win after five and two thirds of one-hit work. The victory gave Maryland its 17th win in its last 20 games.

In the first, Jancarski singled through the left side before going first to third on Costes’ single. Costes would advance to second on the throw. Gum cleared the bases with a single up the middle to give the Terps a 2-0 lead.

Maryland blew the game open in a four-run third. The inning began with a Costes solo jack over the 410 ft. sign in center field. It was his sixth homer of the season. Gum followed with a solo home run of his own to left field.

Watson continued the frame with a walk, before stealing second and third. After senior Nick Cieri walked, the Terps forced the issue with a squeeze attempt, which forced a throw to third that allowed Watson to score. Cieri would come around to score on Hisle’s RBI double. It was Hisle’s first hit and RBI of the year.

Maryland continued to pour it on in the fourth. The Terps loaded the bases on a Dunn HBP, Costes single and Gum walk, and Dunn scored on Nickens’ sac fly. After Cieri walked, Lee’s infield single plated Costes to give Maryland a 8-0 advantage.

The Terps grabbed another on a Costes sac fly in the fifth. Maryland put a runner on in every inning but the sixth. Four Terrapins notched multi-hit games, led by Costes who had three. Maryland pitching gave up just four hits, with Jared Price, Mike Rescigno and Hunter Parsons finishing off the game in relief.

Rutgers only run came of the unearned variety in the sixth.

Maryland returns to the field Tuesday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium against Richmond. First pitch is set for 4 p.m., and fans can watch the action live on BTN Plus or listen on the Maryland Baseball Network.