COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Nick Dunn had four hits and four RBIs as the Maryland baseball team ran past Bryant, 12-6, Saturday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
The Terrapins (12-6) pounded out 16 hits after being one-hit on Friday night. Junior AJ Lee reached base four times and senior Zach Jancarski scored three times. Sophomore lefty Tyler Blohm picked up his second win of the year, tossing six innings of four run ball with five strikeouts.
Bryant took a 1-0 lead after two before Maryland took control with five runs in the third. Three consecutive singles from Tommy Gardiner, Ty Friedrich and Jancarski loaded the bases for Dunn, who singled to score Gardiner. Friedrich then came in to score on a Marty Costes sac fly to give Maryland the lead.
Kevin Biondic followed Costes with a double to right to score Jancarski. After Randy Bedar struck out, Lee delivered a two-out, two-run single to up the Maryland lead to 5-1.
After a run in the fourth and two in the sixth from the Bulldogs made the score 5-4, Maryland responded with two in the sixth and four in the seventh. In the sixth, Friedrich led off the inning with a double before Richie Schiekofer entered as a pinch runner. Schiekofer then came home on consecutive wild pitches. Jancarski would come across late in the inning via a Biondic single.
The big knock of the four-run seventh was Dunn’s bases loaded double after two walks and a Justin Morris single. Dunn would then come home to score on a throwing error by the catcher.
Bryant struck back for two runs in the top of the eighth, but Morris provided an RBI single in the bottom half to make the score 12-6.
Maryland returns to action Sunday for the rubber game against Bryant at 1 p.m. Fans can listen on the Maryland Baseball Network.
Prior to Friday afternoon’s game, Maryland baseball was saddened to learn of the death of Mason Mazzuca. Mason signed a National Letter of Intent with Maryland baseball in October as a recruit from Team IMPACT. Mason was battling All T Cell Leukemia. An Olney native, Mason was a treasured member of the Maryland baseball family and he will be greatly missed. The thoughts of everyone with Maryland baseball is with the Mazzuca family.
Mason was honored with a moment of silence at Maryland’s baseball game on Friday and at Maryland’s home men’s lacrosse and softball games on Saturday. Maryland head coach Rob Vaughn and sophomore Tyler Blohm spoke about Mason postgame on Saturday.
Head Coach Rob Vaughn on Mason
“It's tough. I got a video from him after we won against Tennessee wishing us good luck and that he missed us. What an incredibly brave young man. It’s a such heart wrenching thing. I talked to his mom yesterday and she made it clear she doesn’t want to mourn, but celebrate his life. That’s what we tried to do today. When he was with us, he was just full of life. For a kid that's been dealt a tough hand, the amount of joy that he had and love he had for Maryland Athletics was pretty cool. We say that we are a character and leadership developement program, and if we say that, we have to teach our kids that there is much more than wins and losses on the field. Our guys embrace that.”
Sophomore Tyler Blohm on Mason
“It’s so tough. When Mason came to the program, I could tell there was something special going on with that kid. Even with everything going on in his life, to see him show up with a smile; that was awesome. When I thought I was having a tough day on the mound, it’s crazy to think about his life. He was having a super tough time and he’s coming out with a smile. It puts everything in perspective.”