Feature photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.
Right fielder Marty Costes and designated hitter Nick Cieri led the way for Maryland with a combined 5 RBIs in its first win of the 2017 season.
The Terps topped Alabama State 9-7 in their last game of the Clearwater Tournament in Florida.
Costes and Cieri combined for five hits and three runs. The only scoring play that didn’t involve either player was an RBI single from Danny Maynard that plated Kevin Smith.
Infielder and George Mason transfer Brandon Gum put in another strong performance after making his first start as a Terrapin yesterday, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Gum also nabbed two bases.
Second baseman Nick Dunn displayed a solid effort at the plate, as well. The sophomore went 2-for-5 with a double.
Freshman Tyler Blohm picked up the first win of his collegiate career after a five-inning outing in which he allowed two runs on five hits and struck out four.
The Hornets led the game early but the Terps piled it on in the fourth inning, scoring six runs. Eleven batters went to the plate and five of them came away with a hit.
A couple of defensive miscues helped out the Terps as four of those runs came unearned.
Reliever Ryan Selmer came in for Blohm and logged three shutout innings where he faced 10 batters and allowed just one hit with three punch outs.
The Terps added one more insurance run in the eighth off a single from Cieri, but the big lead proved too much for the Hornets, despite their best efforts.
Alabama State made things interesting in the top of the ninth inning with right-hander Mike Rescigno on the mound. Rescigno stepped onto the mound with a 9-3 lead, but the margin had dwindled to a 9-5 lead when he made his way to the dugout.
Head coach John Szefc pulled Rescigno with two men on and put the ball in left-hander Taylor Stiles’ hands, but the senior allowed two more to cross the plate.
After Stiles came out of the game, Szefc trusted another lefty in Andrew Miller to close out the game, who shut down the two batters he faced.
The Terps are back in action next weekend in SEC country. They will play a three game series at LSU.
Edited by Connor Mount.
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