COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore starter Jared Price scattered five hits over six innings and struck out five to complete a series sweep of Bryant as Maryland defeated the Bulldogs 7-3 Sunday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
After shutting out Bryant (0-3) in two games on Satruday, Price and three Maryland relievers combined to hold the Bulldogs to two earned runs. With their performance over the weekend, the Terps’ (4-2) have only surrendered two earned runs over the last 29 innings of baseball.
Offensively, Maryland showed great plate discipline throughout the afternoon drawing seven walks off of five Bryant pitchers and forced Bulldogs’ starter Vaughn Hayward from the game after only one inning of work. Five different Maryland players tallied a RBI led by Anthony Papio, who finished 1-for-3 and is batting .562 through six games this season.
Second baseman Brandon Lowe earned four walks and added two runs and a RBI. LaMonte Wade went 1-for-1 with a RBI, while Kevin Martir recorded a run and a RBI. Centerfielder Charlie White also drove in one run.
The Terps got five of their seven runs in the first two innings. Martir brought home the first run of the game on a fielder’s choice that scored Lowe. Martir scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
In the home half of the third, the Terps loaded the bases to start the inning behind a Nick Cieri double, a Mike Rescigno walk and an error which allowed Andrew Amaro to reach first. Cieri scored after White was hit-by-pitch and Rescigno came home on a Lowe walk. Wade brought Amaro home on a sacrifice fly to center to give the Terps a 5-0 lead.
The Bulldogs scored runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings to cut the Maryland lead to two. But the Terps responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game away. Amaro walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After promptly stealing third, he scored on a wild pitch. Two batters later with the bases loaded, Papio drove a ball to deep center to score Lowe on a sacrifice fly.
Ben Brewster entered in the seventh inning and pitched 1/1-3 innings of strong relief holding the Bulldogs hitless with two strikeouts. Alex Robinson entered in the ninth and pitched a perfect inning to close it out.
The Terps return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Harrisonburg to take on James Madison. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Maryland returns home on Friday, Feb. 28 to begin a four-game series against Massachusetts.