Feature photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.
As right fielder Marty Costes blasted a ball off the right centerfield wall, he gave Maryland something it hadn’t received all week: the first run on the scoreboard.
The Terrapins gave up the first run in every game it played earlier in the week before ultimately winning all three. They never had to worry about catching up to the opposition in the first game of their doubleheader Sunday.
Maryland ushered three of their first four batters across the plate against Bryant and continued to score in later innings, spotting starting pitcher Taylor Bloom more than enough runs to pick up a 9-2 win.
Working quickly and pitching to contact, Bloom allowed no earned runs over seven innings to even his record at 2-2. He struck out just three batters, but by averaging about 3.5 pitches per hitter and surrendering only four hits, he was able to pitch deep into the game.
Maryland’s offense tormented Bryant with its patience. At the heart of the Terps early outbursts were multi-walk innings; two took free passes in their three-run first and three walked in a two-run third.
The Terps walked nine times, eight coming in the first 4.1 innings thrown by starter Chris Wright and reliever Craig Lacey. Wright lasted 2.1 innings and gave up five earned runs, taking the loss.
Costes and first baseman Brandon Gum capitalized the most from Maryland’s big innings. Costes was 4-for-4 with three runs, two doubles and a run. Gum was 2-for-4 with three runs, a walk, two RBIs and a high-flying home run that carried over the left field wall in the sixth.
As Gum headed back to the dugout with the game’s final run, he was greeted on the field by his teammates, many consumed by oversized jackets. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but cold weather forced its postponement to Sunday. At the time of first pitch, the temperature still sat around 30 degrees.
The frigid conditions didn’t seem to hinder the Maryland offense, as the Terps picked up 11 hits in the team’s seventh straight win.
Game 2 of the doubleheader begins at 3:40 p.m., with freshman left-hander Tyler Blohm taking the mound for Maryland.