Like déja vu, the Maryland Terrapins’ (7-6) offense was stifled by a lefty starter on the opposing team for the second time in 24 hours. Led by the arm of senior Jack Patterson, the Bryant Bulldogs (3-7) took game one of the three-game series, 7-3.
The scoring for Bryant began in the second inning. After Maryland starter Taylor Bloom looked dominant in the first, the Bulldog lineup got to him in the second. After James Ciliento sent a one-out double off the center field wall, Chris Wright singled Ciliento home to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Bryant struck again. It started with a one-out single from Nick Angelini, who then stole second and third on subsequent pitches to quickly put himself in scoring position. Following a walk to Mickey Gasper, Angelini scored on a wild pitch by Bloom. Back-to-back two-out doubles by Ciliento and Wright drove home two runs to put the Bulldogs up 4-0. Bloom ultimately went 5 ⅔ innings, allowing four runs on six hits.
The Terps answered in the bottom of the inning. With runners on second and third and only one out thanks to a Tommy Gardiner walk, a Justin Morris single and a Zach Jancarski sacrifice-bunt, Nick Dunn and the rest of the lineup had a chance to do some damage.
However, like so many times this season, Maryland could not deliver with runners in scoring position. Dunn ground out, scoring Gardiner, but a Marty Costes strikeout ended the Terps’ threat for more runs. Morris’ hit earlier in the inning was the lone knock for the Terps all game.
An inability to get hits was largely due to Jack Patterson’s brilliant pitching. Normally the Saturday starter, Patterson entered his first career Friday start with a 6.60 ERA on the season. That number shrank throughout the game, goingt 6 ⅔ innings, allowing only two runs and one hit while striking out four.
The second run Patterson allowed was in part due to his occasional lack of control on the mound. The lefty walked seven batters, including three in the bottom of the seventh, forcing him out of the contest.
Freshman Matthew Stansky came in for Patterson with the bases loaded, two outs and Bryant leading 5-3, but threw a wild pitch that allowed AJ Lee to score and walked Jancarski. That pitch ended his day after only one batter, and the run was charged to Patterson.
Lefty Logan Lessard then entered to face Dunn with the bases once again loaded. With two strikes on the Maryland second baseman, Lessard balked, bringing home Gardiner. Lessard forced Dunn to pop up, providing an easy out and keeping the Terps to a two-run inning.
In the ninth, Bryant added a few insurance runs thanks to Maryland’s sloppy play. Morris was unable to block two balls that reliever Kevin Biondic threw in the dirt, resulting in two Bulldog runners crossing the plate, giving Bryant a 7-3 lead.
Any Maryland comeback was shut down as the Bryant bullpen, consisting of Lessard and junior Nathan Wrighter, found a rhythm is the eighth and ninth innings
The Terps, spearheaded by starter Tyler Blohm, takes on the Bulldogs and Steve Theetge for game two of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.