COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland baseball team split a Sunday doubleheader with Tennessee, but secured an opening weekend series win over the Volunteers.
The Terrapins (2-1) took the opening game 10-4 behind a furious final four innings from the offense and a quality start from sophomore lefty Tyler Blohm. Tennessee (1-2) took it to the Terps early in game two and won the series finale, 13-6.
“We have talked from the very beginning about staying off the results and that’s who we are,” head coach Rob Vaughn said. “It’s all about the way we go about the process and I don’t think our guys could’ve embodied that any more than they did this weekend. I couldn’t be more proud of how they attacked the game.”
Recaps from both games can be found below.
Maryland scored all 10 of its runs in the final four innings, including six in the ninth, to top Tennessee 10-4 in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader.
Sophomore Tyler Blohm, after allowing a first inning solo home run, was solid in his season debut allowing two runs on just two hits in five and a third. Maryland’s bullpen trio of sophomore Elliot Zoellner (The Fuzz), freshman Sean Fisher and junior John Murphy allowed a pair of earned runs over three and two thirds.
The pitching performance allowed Maryland’s offense to work. Senior Kevin Biondic tied the game in the top of the sixth when he scored on a wild pitch after recording a single, stealing a base and moving to third on a Justin Morris ground out.
After Tennessee retook the lead in the bottom half of the sixth, junior Taylor Wright tripled with one out before coming into score on a Will Watson sac fly. The Volunteers once again took the lead with two runs in the seventh, but the Terps responded with RBI singles from Zach Jancarski and Wright to tie the game.
Maryland blew the game open in the next frame. Biondic opened the inning with a triple before Morris walked. Junior Marty Costes then blasted a double to center to bring home the pair. Costes scored on a Jancarski double, which came after the senior fouled off seven consecutive pitches.
After Jancarski stole third and Nick Dunn walked, junior AJ Lee singled to score Jancarski. Both runners then advanced on a balk and Dunn came in to score on a passed ball. Watson finished off the scoring with a double down the line to plate Lee.
Fisher picked up the first victory of his career in the win.
Tennessee put up five runs in the first and did not look back in a 13-6 win.
Maryland took the lead in the first on a Marty Costes solo home run and a Nick Dunn two-run shot. It was Dunn’s third home run so far in 2018. Tennessee then responded with five in the home half of the first, five in the second and single runs in the third and fourth to take a 12-3 lead.
Maryland picked up a two-run single from Randy Bednar in the fifth and a run off an error in the sixth.
The biggest moment for the Terps came in the sixth. Junior Billy Phillips, who has been sidelined because of leukemia since his high school career in 2015, made his first appearance as a Terp. He struck out the first batter he faced before finishing off a scoreless inning with a double play.
Maryland returns to action Wednesday at William & Mary. Action begins at 4 p.m. and fans can listen to the action live on the Maryland Baseball Network.