COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Nick Dunn had three hits as the Maryland baseball team earned (13-14, 1-1 Big Ten) a 6-5 win over the Northwestern Wildcats (8-13, 1-4 Big Ten) with a walk off walk in the tenth inning to even series at 1-1 at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins fell behind 3-0 after a half inning and 5-3 after three and a half, but battled throughout and eventually came away with the win. Senior Kevin Biondic reached base twice and tossed two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first career win on the mound.
Both the Terps and Wildcat offenses had quick starts with the bats in the first inning. Sophomore left hander Tyler Blohm gave up a three-run home run to Jack Claeys to give the Wildcats the lead in the first.
Dunn started off the Terps offense in the first inning with a single to right field. Senior Kevin Biondic followed it up with his own single to left and junior AJ Lee loaded the bases with one out after being hit by a pitch. Senior Zach Jancarski drove in Dunn from third base with a sac fly, getting the Terps on the board. Maryland made the score to 3-2 after Biondic scored on a wild pitch.
The scoring continued for the Wildcats in the second with back-to-back hits, putting the road team up 4-2. Senior Will Watson answered with his own home run in the bottom of the inning, his second of the season, keeping Maryland within one run.
Northwestern plated one run in the third on Claeys his second home run of the game. Blohm finished the game after four and two thirds innings, giving up eight hits, five runs, and striking out four batters. Freshman left hander Sean Fisher was solid in relief, tossing three and third inning of scoreless ball.
Maryland’s offense started to chip away at Northwestern’s lead in the seventh inning. With two runners on base, Lee singled to left field scoring Dunn to make the score to 5-4 in favor of the Wildcats. In the bottom of the eighth, Watson grounded a double-play ball to shortstop and plated freshman Tommy Gardiner to tie the game at five.
Biondic came in to relieve Fisher in the ninth inning and held the Wildcats scoreless for two innings. In the bottom of the tenth, Lee was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame before Jancarski walked. Gardiner then bunted for a hit to load the bases with no outs for Wright. Four straight balls gave Wright the RBI walk and Maryland its first Big Ten win of the year.
The Terrapins look to take the series win Sunday at noon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. Coverage can be found on BTN Plus or the Maryland Baseball Network.