COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Zach Jancarski’s RBI single in the eighth capped the Maryland baseball team’s four-run inning and its comeback 12-11 victory over Richmond Tuesday night at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
The Terrapins (19-8, 5-1 Big Ten) pounded out 14 hits, with four players notching multi-hit games. Senior Nick Cieri’s three-run homer tied the game in the eighth before Jancarski’s game-winning single.
Maryland has now won 18 of its last 21 games. The Terps are 11-1 so far this year at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
A total of 15 runs were scored between both teams in the first two innings. Richmond opened the contest with a three-spot in the top of the first, before the Terps responded with four of their own in the bottom half. Jancarski opened that inning with a walk before Nick Dunn was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Marty Costes then slapped a single through the left side, but Jancarski was thrown out trying to score.
Senior Brandon Gum followed with a single that plated Dunn. After Will Watson walked to load the bases, Cieri drew a walk to bring in Costes. Sophomore Dan Maynard gave Maryland in the lead, lacing a single up the middle to plate a pair.
Richmond came back in the top of the second with six runs to take a 9-4 lead. Jancarski scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half to make it a 9-5 game. Gum drew a two-out walk before going to second on a Watson single. Senior Madison Nickens’ single scored Gum, but Watson was thrown out at home trying to score all the way from first.
Only two of Richmond’s runs during the game were earned, with the first nine runs coming off Maryland starter RHP John Murphy and RHP Ryan Hill. Junior right-hander Jamal Wade stemmed the tide in his appearance, striking out two over a pair over two inning of scoreless work. Senior right-hander Mike Rescigno entered in the fifth and tossed a scoreless frame.
That fifth inning saw the Terps climb farther back into the contest. Maynard blasted a one-out, two-run homer to make the score 9-8. It was the first big fly of the sophomore’s career and Maynard would finish with three hits, a walk and four RBIs.
Richmond took advantage of an error in the seventh to extend its lead to 11-8. That set up the four-run Maryland eighth. Gum singled down the left field line to begin the inning before Watson walked. Cieri followed an AJ Lee flyout with his three-run blast to left field. It was the senior first homer of the season.
Senior Patrick Hisle kept the threat going with a double off the wall in center. Jancarski then took the first pitch he saw into left field to score Hisle and give Maryland the lead.
Redshirt junior right-hander Ryan Selmer tossed three innings of scoreless relief to earn his first win of the season.
Gum reached base four times on the night and scored three runs. Cieri finished with four RBIs. Hisle notched the first multi-hit game of his career.
Maryland is back in action this weekend for a three-game set at Nebraska. All three games (7.35 p.m./3:05 p.m./1:05 p.m.) can be heard on the Maryland Baseball Network. Games one and three will be live on BTN Plus, while the middle game will be broadcast nationally on BTN.
A squirrel ran behind Brandon Gum and to the Maryland on-deck circle during the senior’s eighth-inning at bat. The next pitch following the squirrel’s appearance was a single into left field. Maryland scored four runs in the inning. The #RallySquirrel was identified as “Crumbs” a regular visitor to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
Maryland centerfielder Zach Jancarski had this to say about Crumbs postgame.
“We know that guy. His name is Crumbs and he’s been here since my freshman year. We look at him as a little bit of a rally squirrel. He is kind of a pest sometimes he’ll come in and eat everything in sight regardless if it is packaged or not. Every time we have seen him during games at least in my years here something good has happened. He knows we got the W. He gets the assist for that one. We like him around here.”
Crumbs could not be reached for comment.