KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Senior right-hander Taylor Bloom struck out nine over seven shutout innings and sophomore second baseman Nick Dunn hit two solo home runs as the Maryland baseball team defeated Tennessee, 4-0, on opening day at Lindsey Nelson Field Friday night.
The win was the first for new Maryland head coach Rob Vaughn, who had previously served for five years as an assistant in College Park. The Terrapins (1-0) only needed Dunn’s first solo home run in the fourth, as Maryland’s pitching staff combined shutout and strikeout 11 Tennessee (0-1) batters on the night.
"I'm so happy for the guys," Vaughn said. "They competed hard and did exactly what we asked them to do. I was proud of them tonight. That was vintage Bloom. He was absolutely tremendous."
After an uneven first inning, Bloom was dominant throughout his seven frames. He matched a career high with his nine strikeouts and was rarely in trouble as he worked through the Volunteer order. The senior did not allow a walk.
After putting runners on in the first three innings with nothing to show, Dunn did the job in the fourth with a solo shot to right field. The Terps tacked on another run when senior Will Watson drove in junior Taylor Wright with a single into left field. Wright, who had singled himself on, stole second and third to give Watson the RBI chance.
Bloom left after seven innings and the Terps added a run in the top half of the eighth on Dunn’s second homer of the ballgame, also to right field. Newly minted pitcher Kevin Biondic, who made his first appearance on the mound in the opening game of his senior season, got out of a runners on the corners jam with a strikeout of Benito Santiago.
Wright and freshman Randy Bednar both notched their first hits as Terrapins. Freshman Tommy Gardiner made his first career appearance as a defensive replacement at third when Biondic came in to pitch and Wright moved to first.
Maryland is back in action Saturday night against the Volunteers at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the action live on SEC Network + or listen live on the Maryland Baseball Network.