March 3, 2018 || Springs Brooks Stadium || 3 p.m.
CONWAY, S.C. – Sophomore left-handed pitcher Tyler Blohm tossed six innings, struck out seven and allowed two runs as the Maryland baseball team held on late to defeat Coastal Carolina, 7-6, at Springs Brooks Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins (6-5) led from the first inning on and built a four-run lead, before holding on in the ninth. Maryland’s offense hit a pair of home runs and notched nine hits.
Maryland struck first with a run in the opening frame. Junior Taylor Wright worked a two-out walk before junior Marty Costes was hit by a pitch. Senior Kevin Biondic then singled to center to drive in Wright and give Maryland the lead.
Wright was at the center of Maryland’s two spot in the second. Randy Bednar and Ty Friedrich drew walks before Zack Jancarski reached to load the bases. Wright then singled up the middle to plate Bednar and Friedrich.
Blohm was locked in from the first pitch, and put up three scoreless innings before Woody Woodall hit a solo home run to put Coastal on the board. Maryland responded in the top of the fifth with a Randy Bednar RBI double and Ty Friedrich’s first RBI of the year on a sac fly. The Chanticleers grabbed a run in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run.
Maryland came right back with a run on Nick Dunn’s solo homer to right, his fifth of the season.
In the sixth, Blohm ran into trouble and saw two Coastal Carolina runners move to scoring position with two outs. The Terps left induced a foul out to third to end the inning.
With Blohm out of the ballgame in the seventh, Coastal plated a run off the combination of Sean Fisher and Elliot Zoellner. Right-hander John Murphy entered with two outs and two on and induced a pop up to foul ground. Biondic made a spectacular running, over-the-shoulder catch on the play to end the inning.
Will Watson’s giant solo shot in the eighth gave Maryland some insurance, and the Terps entered the final inning with a 7-3 lead.
A walk and hit by pitch chased Murphy in the ninth. Seth Lancaster then hit a three-run homer off Biondic to make it a 7-6 game. After Biondic induced a ground out, aided by a fantastic throw across from Tommy Gardiner, Lee Sponseller was hit by a pitch to put the tying run aboard.
The game ended when Biondic struck out Kyle Skeels and Skeels was called for interference after stepping across and impeding Justin Morris’ throw to try and get the runner at second. Pinch runner Turner Buis was called out of the play to give Maryland the win.
Biondic notched his first career save. The Terps have now won four straight.
Maryland will play its final game of the Johnny Gardner Law Group Tournament against Ball State Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Fans can listen to the game live on the Maryland Baseball Network.