Maryland Terrapins

Watson's Historic Day Lifts Terps Past Rutgers

Maryland Athletics
5-12-2018

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Will Watson tied a school record with eight RBIs, including seven in the third inning, as the Maryland baseball team routed Rutgers, 17-2, at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

The Terrapins (23-27, 8-11 Big Ten) dominated the Scarlet Knights from start to finish, scoring 15 runs in the first four innings. The Terps racked up 14 hits and senior right-hander Taylor Bloom gave up just one earned run over seven innings.

Watson’s day was incredible. The senior finished 3-for-5 with two home runs and eight RBIs. His two home runs both came in the third inning, which ties an NCAA record for home runs in an inning. His seven RBIs was the second most by a player in a single inning this season. Santa Clara’s Jake Brodt hit two grand slams in one inning in a game this season.

Seven RBIs is the second most by a player in a single inning in NCAA history. Watson tied multiple players for that mark. Two other Maryland players have recorded eight RBIs in a game; Tyler Bennett (vs. Wake Forest, May 9, 1999) and Jason Mohap (vs. Coppin State, March 31, 1999).

Maryland opened the contest with a pair of runs in the first when AJ Lee scored on a passed ball and Watson knocked in Marty Costes with a sac fly.

After Rutgers scored a run in the third, Maryland plated 11 runs in the third. Costes doubled with one out before Kevin Biondic singled. Watson then lined a ball over the fence in left for a three-run homer. Zach Jancarski followed with a walk before Justin Morris singled to right field. Jancarski then scored on a wild pitch.

After Lee walked, Nick Dunn reached on an error to load the bases. Costes walked to plate another run before Biondic was hit by a pitch to score another. Watson then hit a grand slam to almost the same spot as his first homer to make it 13-1.

Bloom was outstanding with the big lead, at one point retiring nine straight. Bloom’s seven innings pitched gave him 295 for his career and he passed John Rayne (1989-92) for third on Maryland’s all-time list. His win tied him with Charles Devereux (1989-92) for fourth on Maryland’s all-time list (18).

 

Following the 11-run inning, Lee and Dunn knocked in runs in the fourth to make it 15-1. Dunn’s second sac fly of the afternoon made it a 16-1 game in the sixth. After Rutgers grabbed a run with a solo homer in the seventh, the Terps responded when Justin Vought was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

 

Lee reached base five times on the day and 11 Maryland players reached base. Maryland 17 runs was its most in a game this season.

 

Maryland and Rutgers will play game three tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Coverage can be found on BTN Plus or the Maryland Baseball Network.



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