Ryan Hill retired the first six William & Mary hitters, but a walk and a wild pitch immediately put Maryland in trouble in the third inning. After a groundout, Hill skipped another wild pitch and let the runner get to third, threatening to nullify Maryland’s 1-0 lead.
Hill buckled down and rediscovered his control. Working a popup and a strikeout, he escaped unscathed.
With three hitless innings, Hill gave Maryland its best midweek start of the season and Zach Jancarski provided four RBIs as the Terps edged William & Mary 6-0 in Williamsburg Wednesday.
No Terps starting pitcher had completed three innings in any of the squad’s midweek contests. Two earned runs allowed by Taylor Stiles over 2.2 innings to UNCW had been the previous top start by Maryland midweek arms. Hill struck out three and allowed one baserunner Wednesday.
In his first inning of relief for Hill, Jamal Wade also pulled off a vanishing act to keep the Tribe scoreless. Three William & Mary batters clogged the basepaths with one out. Wade fired seven straight strikes to ring up right fielder Charles Ameer and coax a groundout from shortstop Zach Pearson.
Maryland filled the bases in the sixth and William & Mary nearly replicated Wade’s escape. The Terps had two outs when third baseman AJ Lee popped a ball foul down the third base line. Ryder Miconi lost track of the baseball in the lights and it fell harmlessly to the turf.
Given a second life, Lee walked. Jancarski stuck his bat out and dumped a single into left field for his third of four hits in the game.
Catcher Nick Cieri was thrown out at the plate, but not before Maryland pushed its advantage to 3-0.
Jancarski led off the game by striking out, but after that, he and the nine-hitter Lee reached base in their next nine plate appearances. Following Sunday’s 4-for-4 outing, Lee has registered hits in nine consecutive at-bats and reached base in 11 straight plate appearances.
Lee provided some heads-up baserunning to add to Maryland’s lead in the eighth. Lee stood on second when first baseman Brandon Gum grounded the pitch deep down the third base line. Miconi attempted the long throw to first but couldn’t catch Gum. Meanwhile, Lee noticed Miconi’s bouncing toss and bolted home.
Maryland tacked on two runs in the final inning as William & Mary made two errors. Left fielder Madison Nickens bunted to move up the runners on first and second. Pitcher Christopher Lohr tried to send the ball to first but slipped and his throw skidded to shortstop as designated hitter Will Watson scored.
After Lee reached with his fourth hit of the day, Jancarski picked up another RBI on a sacrifice fly. Reliever Ryan Selmer put the finishing touches on Maryland’s shutout in the bottom of the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning.
Wade earned his first victory of the year for the Terps, who improved to 25-11. They will face Michigan State at home this weekend.