canada africa partner reservation Maryland splits doubleheader, wins series against Rutgers

Maryland splits doubleheader, wins series against Rutgers

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The Terps and Scarlet Knights played Saturday in a series that ended with a double header, with Maryland taking one of the two to win its second straight Big Ten series. Maryland’s record improves to 31-18, 10-11 Big Ten, and Rutgers’ record now stands at 26-21, 4-14 Big Ten.

Game 1

The Terps left eight runners behind in the first game of the day and lost 2-1 to Rutgers in the afternoon.

Maryland’s offense had plenty of opportunities to score, loading the bases in the second and fifth inning. The Terps scored one run in the first inning on a walk by Elijah Lambros, but the threat ended with a double play. Maryland failed to drive in any runs in the fifth, with the Terps’ two-three-four batters in the lineup going down in order.

Maryland got a chance to extend the game in the top of the ninth inning when Alex Calarco singled up the middle with two outs, but a grounder in the next at bat ended the game.

Rutgers’ offense didn’t have much better of a day than the Terps, scoring its only two runs on a two-RBI single by left fielder Johnny Volpe in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Those were the only two runs allowed by freshman Joey McMannis in his first Saturday start of the season. McMannis worked through much of his outing, starting the day with a 31-pitch first inning. McMannis finished the game with 90 pitches, giving up six hits while walking and striking out four each.

McMannis’ performance was matched by his opponent, Donovan Zsak, who made his second start in conference play this season. Zsak allowed just one run in the second and finished his day by completing a season-high three innings. Zsak walked three batters and struckout three, giving up only one hit to Eddie Hacopian.

Rutgers closed the game with a bullpen effort involving two arms, Sonny Fauci and Joe Mazza. The duo allowed four hits in the final six innings, keeping Maryland’s offense off the board. The Terps offense finished with five hits, five walks and no extra base hits. Maryland was held scoreless in all but one innings for the second time in a row.

The Scarlet Knights faced just one Maryland arm out of the bullpen, freshman Evan Smith. Smith had similar success to the Rutgers duo that held the Scarlet Knights without a run in his four and a third innings. Rutgers’ lineup finished with eight hits, five walks and seven strikeouts, while also being held scoreless in all but one innings.

The teams had a short break before starting the final match of the series at 3:15 pm to determine the winner of the weekend.

Game 2

The Terps seemed to learn from their mistakes, scoring six runs on two bases-loaded opportunities, leading to their 6-4 win over Rutgers in the evening game.

The first bases-loaded opportunity came in the top of the fourth inning after three innings of pure dominance from Rutgers starter, Jake Marshall. Marshall retired the Terps in order over the first three frames, striking out and striking out four. Eddie Hacopian stopped the trend in the fourth with the first goal of the game for the Terps.

Chris followed with a single and Sam Hojnar walked to load the bases with no outs. The Terps scored two runs on Brayden Martin’s at-bat, all without a swing. The Hacopian brothers scored on a wild pitch and passed the ball, putting the Terps up by two. Martin singled to Hojnar from third to give Maryland a three-run lead.

Maryland scored the fourth run of the game when Devin Russell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. Elijah Lambros drove in two more with a double to left field, adding two more insurance runs for the Terps, who led 6-3 after six.

The Terps’ rally in the sixth inning regained their lead, which they lost in the bottom of the fifth on a two-RBI double by leadoff hitter Johnny Volpe. Volpe’s double was his second hit of the day and fourth RBI, adding to his double-RBI double in the first game.

Those two RBIs were credited to Maryland’s starter, Logan Koester. Koester has struggled since the start of Big Ten play, compiling a 10.66 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched. Koester took a step toward lowering his conference ERA, allowing three runs over six innings in this start, striking out two and walking none.

Logan Berrier took over for Koester to start the seventh and went the distance, earning his fifth save of the season. The only run scored off Berrier was the run he drove in in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Terps’ pitching ended the game, holding Rutgers’ offense to 10 hits, one walk and three extra base hits.

Maryland’s offense ended the final three frames scoreless, but that didn’t matter as the six points scored in the first six frames proved to be enough for the Terps’ fifth win in seven games. Maryland’s lineup finished the game with six hits, four walks and seven strikeouts.

The win helps Maryland battle for eighth in the Big Ten standings and a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. Maryland entered the weekend ranked 40th in RPI and Rutgers started the series at 54, meaning the Terps’ two wins are unlikely to lead to a big jump in RPI for Maryland.

The Terps play a full non-conference schedule next week against USC Upstate on Wednesday and Boston College on the weekend.