The Terps looked like the team pundits predicted them to be in the preseason during their 9-2 pummeling of No. 6 NC State.
After rocky starts to the season, Taylor Bloom and Kevin Smith bounced back Saturday at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, North Carolina to help the Terps improve to 3-5.
Bloom came into the game with a 14.40 ERA and stepped off the mound with a 7.50 ERA. He tossed seven innings, surrendering just two runs on five hits. Bloom also rung up five.
On the same note, Smith saw improvement as well. He was batting .111 with a team-high 12 strikeouts before the game.
Smith finished his first multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-3 with a run while also drawing a walk. He never struck out.
The players who were already scorching stayed hot, too. But not in the conventional ways.
Right fielder Marty Costes only recorded one hit in three at-bats. But that hit was a no-doubter that soared over the left field wall. He displayed excellent discipline at the plate, earning two free trips to first base. His batting average stands at .387 now.
Infielder Brandon Gum’s batting average sits at .391, but he never reached base with a hit. He went 0-for-2 in the cleanup spot, with a hit by pitch and a bases-loaded walk.
On one of those at-bats, he struck out. On the other, Gum reached safely after laying down a bunt that advanced both runners on base and then allowed second baseman Nick Dunn to score on a throwing error.
Reliever Ryan Selmer also kept up his solid level of play. He came in for Bloom in the eighth and fanned four Wolfpack players. Only three Wolfpack players were able to get on base with Selmer on the mound and one of those was a walk.
Maryland worked the count all game, earning seven walks in total. Five different Terps drew a walk, with Costes and Dunn each recording two.
There was never one inning where the Terps exploded, but they kept piling it on.
In the first inning, they rattled NC State’s Cory Wilder, who came into the game with a 0.00 ERA. He allowed a leadoff single to center fielder Zach Jancarski and then walked three consecutive Terps to score Jancarski. Wilder was taken out of the gamer before he could even record an out.
His replacement was right-hander Austin Staley, another pitcher who had yet to allow a run this season. Staley let Nick Dunn score, but that earned run was credited to Wilder.
It wasn’t until the third inning that a Terp would blemish Staley’s perfect ERA with Costes’ solo blast to left.
That wasn’t the only home run that Staley would allow, either. In the fourth inning, Madison Nickens crushed a ball to right field that drove in himself and Nick Cieri.
So, Wolfpack pitching coach Scott Foxhall sent in Kent Klyman, the third pitcher in the game with an unscathed ERA.
The Terps scored on Klyman one inning later. They tacked on two more runs on Kyman in his 3.1 innings pitched.
Foxhall put in one more reliever, who also fell victim to Maryland’s slap-happy lineup, allowing one run in the eighth.
The Terps will look for Saturday’s performance to carry over to Sunday against Dayton at 12:30 p.m. when left-hander Tyler Blohm takes the mound.
Edited by Connor Mount.
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