COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland baseball team took both games of a doubleheader against Michigan State to secure a series sweep at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Terrapins (28-11, 12-3 Big Ten) have now won seven straight games overall and moved to 18-1 this season at home. Maryland has secured four home series sweeps this season.
Recaps of both games can be found below.
Freshman left-hander Tyler Blohm scattered five hits over five shutout innings to help Maryland takedown Michigan State, 2-1, in game one of a doubleheader.
Maryland plated single runs in the first and the fifth to overcome the Spartans, who scored their lone run in the seventh. Blohm now has a Big Ten leading seven victories.
The Terps grabbed its first run of the contest in the first. Senior Brandon Gum reached after grounding into a fielder’s choice that saw Zach Jancarski put out at second. Gum then stole second before coming into score on sophomore Nick Dunn’s double to right field.
Blohm put together a workmanlike performance on the mound, consistently stifling the Spartans when they placed runners on base. The freshman improved his ERA to 2.49, the second best among starting pitchers in the Big Ten.
Sophomore AJ Lee opened Maryland’s fifth inning with a single and then went to second on a balk. A single through the right side from Jancarski sent Lee to third. The Millersville, Md., native came in to score on Gum’s squeeze bunt.
Blohm was lifted after allowing a base runners in the sixth. Junior right-hander Ryan Hill saw both runners move to scoring position on a sac bunt, but stranded them there with two strikeouts to end the inning.
Hill worked two frames as the Terps finished off the backend of the game. Sophomore left-hander Andrew Miller tossed a scoreless eighth before redshirt junior Ryan Selmer ended the contest and earned his fifth save of the season.
Maryland did most of its damage in a three-run second. Junior Will Watson reached on a bloop double before stealing third. Junior Kevin Smith then walked before a wild pitch allowed Watson to score and sent Smith to second.
Bloom retired the first seven batters of the game and was rarely troubled in his seven and two thirds innings of work. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Michigan State plated its two runs on a passed ball assisted RBI single in the sixth and a solo home run in the eighth.
Maynard provided the Terps with their fourth run with a solo homer in the fourth. It was the sophomore’s third of the season. Maynard and Jancarski both notched RBI singles in the sixth to complete Maryland’s scoring.
Jancarski extended his team-best hitting streak to 14 games. He notched multi-hit games in all four of Maryland’s contests this week.
The Terrapins return to action Tuesday night at James Madison. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., and fans can follow the action live on the Maryland Baseball Network.