Maryland Baseball- Weekend Recap

The Maryland baseball program had a rough weekend series against Delaware, dropping two of three games.

The Delaware Blue Hens scored at least one run in every inning in their 17-3 rout of the Terps in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Blue Hens really broke the game open in the top of third with a 5 run outburst thanks in large part to a three run homerun from second basemen D.J. Long, who went 3 for 5 on the day. The Terps cut the lead to five in the bottom of the third. Alfredo Rodriguez and Adam Kolarek both walked and stole a base to put them in scoring position. Both later scored after a wild pitch and a drop third strikeout of Mike Rozak. The Terps would add one more run when Adam Kolarek scored on a while pitch in the bottom of the 6th.

The Terps struggled both at the plate and on the mound. Offensively they scored 3 runs on seven hits, but left 11 runners on base. The Terps starter, Brett Harman, surrendered 10 earned runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings and lost his second game of the season. Freshman Jimmy Reed came in relief of Harman. Reed struck out four in 2 2/3 innings of work, but also gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits. Freshman Charlie Haslup took over for Reed giving up 4 runs over 2 innings.

Game 2 of the double header provided the Terps with a sense of relief. They finally tallied their first win over the season. Junior Eric Potter (0-1) gave up three runs in the top of the third putting the Terps into a hole early, but the top of the Terps lineup kept them in the game. David Poutier hit his first homerun of the season cutting the Blue Hens lead to 5-3. The Terps struck again in third when Mike Rozak scored on a wild pitch. Finally, the Terps broke it open in the bottom of the 5h inning scoring 4 runs. Alfredo Rodriguez doubled to left and later scored on a Brandon Padula single. Adam Kolarek followed Padula with a homerun making the score 6-3. The offense put up another four runs on two hits in the bottom of the 7th. Adam Kolarek drove in two of the runs with a double, and the other two runs came way of two bases loaded walks. The Blue Hens tried putting up a late fight scoring two runs in the 8th inning and one run in the 9th, but their effort was not enough as they lost 10-6.

Eric Potter went 4 2/3 innings striking out 6 and gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits. Ian Schwalenberg recorded his first win of the season after providing 3 1/3 innings of relief. Dan Gentzler also provided an inning of relief in the Terps first victory.

The final game of the series ended on a bitter note for the Terps. They lost to the Blue Hens 4-1 despite a terrific pitching performance by Sophomore Sander Beck. Beck (0-2) went sent 7 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned runs) on 6 hits while striking out 5. The Terps were able to secure a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd when Matt Marquis doubled and later scored on Mize Rozak's groundout to 2nd basemen D.J. Long. The Terps held onto the 1-0 until the top of the 5th when Steve Ulaky scored on a wild pitch by Beck and Josh Dean scored from seconded on a throwing error by Terps Catcher Jake Cleary. The Blue Hens added an insurance run in the 7th and 8th innings to cruise to 4-1 victory.

The Terps will continue their homestand against VMI on Tuesday at 3. They also face Towson on Wednesday and finish up with a weekend series with Hofstra before their first ACC series against Virginia Tech.

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