BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Maryland baseball team staved off elimination for the third consecutive game with a 9-5 win over seventh-seeded Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals at Bart Kaufman Field Saturday afternoon.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (37-20) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before following behind 5-3 after four and a half innings. Maryland then scored two in the fifth to tie it before a decisive four-run eight inning. Brandon Gum led the way offensively with a three-hit day, while Will Watson, Marty Costes and Kevin Smith all hit home runs.
Costes started the scoring in the first with a solo shot to left field. The home run parade continued in the following innings with Watson and Smith hitting back-to-back jacks to make the score 3-0.
From there, Maryland would score six unanswered runs to take the ballgame. A single from Justin Morris and double from Zach Jancarski opened the frame before Morris scored on a passed ball. Gum then singled up the middle to plate Jancarski and tie the game.
Jamal Wade tossed one and a third of scoreless ball before turning the game over to John Murphy, who continued his sensational play in the Big Ten Tournament with three innings of scoreless relief to earn his second win of the season.
Maryland scored four behind Murphy in the seventh. Gum singled to start the threat before Costes walked. Sophomore Nick Dunn then dropped down a bunt single to load the bases. Gum then came in when AJ Lee was hit by a pitch.
Watson followed with an RBI walk to score Costes. Smith drove in Dunn with a sac fly and Lee ended up scoring on a Justin Morris RBI fielder's choice.
Maryland returns to action Sunday morning for the second half of its Big Ten semifinal against Northwestern at 9 a.m. Coverage can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.