Marty Costes connects on a solo home run in the bottom of the first to get the Terps on the board in their 7-2 win over Michigan on March 24. (Paige Leckie/The Left Bench)

Terps can’t stop Huskers’ heavy hitting in 8-4 loss

A few Terps came through for the Maryland baseball team, but they lacked the production needed from the rest of the lineup to be able to keep up with Nebraska’s offense.

The Cornhuskers piled it on in their 8-4 win Sunday in Lincoln to get a series win over the No. 24 Terps.

Center fielder Zach Jancarski, right fielder Marty Costes and third baseman AJ Lee all recorded multi-hit games. Lee and Costes were the only Terps to drive in any runs.

Marty Costes smacked a tape-measure home run that drove in himself and Jancarski in the top of the sixth. It was Costes’ second consecutive three-hit game.

The two-run home run trimmed Nebraska’s lead to 4-3 and put the game back into reach for the Terps, but the bullpen struggled mightily in relief for starter Tyler Blohm, who picked up the loss. He pitched 4.2 innings and surrendered six hits and four runs, one unearned.

Jared Price came in relief in for Tayler Stiles after Stiles plunked a batter in the bottom of the sixth. Nebraska second baseman Jake Schleppenbach answered Costes’ home run with a blast of his own to give the Huskers back a three-run lead.

The rest of the bullpen, aside from Mike Rescigno, struggled as well. None of the first three relievers could pitch a full inning before getting pulled. Stiles was charged with a run for the runner that scored on Schleppenbach’s home run. Jamal Wade retired just two batters, but not before he allowed two runs.

Opposing Blohm was Nebraska’s starter Jake Meyers, who limited any damage the Terps could have done by allowing just three earned runs on seven hits. Meyers pitched 7.1 shutdown innings and struck out four.

Rescigno went two innings and surrendered just two hits, but the damage had already been done and the Terps couldn’t plate any more runs.

Lee did his best to scrape some runs together, going 2-for-4 and knocking in one RBI in the bottom of the ninth.

Jancarski also highlighted the day for the Terps. He was 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and two runs. He also drew the only walk Maryland recorded the entire game.

The Terps were without head coach John Szefc for most of the game, as he was ejected in the bottom of the fifth. It appeared Szefc was arguing the strike zone with the umpires. Many Maryland players reacted negatively to some of the calls the umpires were making at the plate.

Blohm had one such instance where he looked dumbfounded with the call the umpire made.

He delivered a pitch to a bunting Angelo Altavilla, who did not pull his bunt in time, but the umpire called it a ball anyway.

Just a couple batters later, Szefc was ejected after jawing at the home plate umpire. He collected his things and made a long walk from the visiting dugout down the third base line to exit Hawks Field. It was at this point that things began unraveling for the Terps.

Price came in after the long break and allowed a double to a blazing hot Ben Miller, who went 8-for-9 the past two games, which drove in two Nebraska runs.

The loss drops the Terps to 20-10 and 6-3 in the Big Ten. This was their first loss in series since LSU swept the Terps in late February.

Maryland will be back in action Tuesday in College Park at 4 p.m. for a game against West Virginia. The Terps will also play Wednesday in Fairfax, Virginia, to take on Brandon Gum’s former school George Mason at 4 p.m.

Edited by Connor Mount.

Austin Kleber

Austin Kleber

Managing Editor at The Left Bench
Austin is the managing editor and he covers the Maryland baseball team for The Left Bench. He will also occasionally venture over to the broadcast side to help out with TLBTV. Austin is a sophomore studying broadcast journalism at University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, graduating class of 2019.
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Austin is the managing editor and he covers the Maryland baseball team for The Left Bench. He will also occasionally venture over to the broadcast side to help out with TLBTV. Austin is a sophomore studying broadcast journalism at University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, graduating class of 2019.