After struggling to get on base through the first five innings, the Terps had a dominant second half of the ball game, scoring 10 runs in four innings, and defeating the Vols 10-4 in the first game of their doubleheader on Sunday, securing a series win in Knoxville.
Tennessee leadoff hitter Jay Charleston started off the bottom of the first with a homerun to right field after battling with Maryland starter Tyler Blohm, who threw nine pitches during Charleston’s first at-bat of the game.
After Charleston’s homer the Vols’ offense didn’t give the Terps’ defense much trouble, with the only base runners through five innings coming from two walks and one single from Justin Ammons.
Vols starter Garrett Stallings dominated the Terps through the first five innings, throwing 43 pitches and allowing two hits and no walks. In the same period, Blohm threw 83 pitches.
In the top of the sixth Mike Biondic got the second hit of the game for the Terps, with a single to right field. With Justin Morris at the plate, Biondic stole second after Morris swung and missed a pitch from Stallings.
Morris then sent a ball right back at Stallings, ricocheting it off the pitcher. First baseman Luc Lipcius was able to field the ball cleanly and record the out, but Biondic would advance to third and Stallings would be forced out of the game. Reliever Richard Jackson was the next man up for the Vols.
With Randy Bednar at the plate, Jackson threw a wild pitch that got past catcher Benito Santiago, and Biondic cruised home to tie the game at one. The tie didn’t last long, however.
In the bottom of the sixth Blohm hit Justin Ammons in the back, and Ammons took to first base. Ammons stole second and made it to third when Morris’ throw-down got past second baseman Nick Dunn.
After striking out Pete Derkay, Blohm left the game and right-hander Elliot Zoellner came in to pitch.
With Ammons in scoring position and only one out, Andre Lipcius stepped up to the plate, and hit a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing Ammons home to once again give the Vols a one-run lead. Zoellner got out of the inning, striking out Zach Daniels after giving up a double to Santiago and walking Wyatt Stapp.
Tennessee’s 2-1 lead didn’t last long either. Left hander Redmond Walsh came in for the Volunteers’ seventh and things did not go smoothly.. With one out, Maryland’s Taylor Wright tripled, the Terps’ first multi-base hit of the game. An AJ Lee walk put runners at the corners for the Terps.
The Volunteers pulled Walsh, bringing in right-hander Chase Wallace to face Morris. Morris hit a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing home Wright to tie the game at two.
In the bottom of the seventh, Zoellner walked Luc Lipcius, who then advanced to second when Brandon Chinea sacrifice bunted. Sean Fisher came in to replace Zoellner, with Lipcius on second.
An Ammons single brought Lipcius home to give the Vols a 3-2 lead. Tennessee then added to their lead, as Ammons stole third, then came home on Derkay’s RBI-double, putting the Vols up 4-2. Fisher got out of the inning, but not before balking.
The Terrapin offense felt the pressure at the top of the eighth. Tennessee brought in Will Heflin to pitch. Heflin walked Morris on four balls, then Randy Bednar hit a single and Marty Costes walked.
The bases were loaded with no outs as Zach Jancarski stepped to the plate. Jancarski hit an RBI-single, bringing home Morris. Bednar was thrown out at home after getting a bad read on Jancarski’s hit. Both Costes and Jancarski advanced to third and second, respectively, on the throw home.
Heflin walked Nick Dunn intentionally and the bases were loaded again, this time with one out, as Taylor Wright stepped to the plate. Wright hit an RBI-single, bringing home Costes and both Jancarski and Dunn advancing a base. With Costes’ run the game was tied at four.
Tennessee got out of the inning, as AJ Lee popped up to first base and Will Watson flew-out to left field. Maryland ended the top of the eighth with two funs, three hits and three left on base.
Fisher remained in to pitch for the Terps in the bottom of the eighth. Santiago stepped out the plate to start the inning, singling on the first pitch from Fisher. Then Stapp grounded into a double play and Daniels stepped to the plate with one out.
Daniels walked after reaching a full count, then Luc Lipcius hit a ground ball toward shortstop Lee, who made a diving catch, throwing the ball just in time to get the third out.
Tennessee brought in right-hander Connor Darling to pitch the ninth inning, but Darling allowed a leadoff triple from Biondic and then walked Morris. Maryland had players on the corners with no outs as Bednar stepped to the plate.
After Bednar struck out, Maryland scored six runs, with runs from Biondic, Morris, Costes, Jancarski, Dunn, and Lee. After the first three runs and a walk, the Vols made a call to the bullpen, bringing in right-hander Riley Watkins.
With a 10-4 lead, the Terps brought in right-hander John Murphy. Murphy took down Tennessee in order to end the game, and secure the series win for Maryland.
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