On Friday, Stetson (19-4) received eight dominant innings of work from starter Logan Gilbert to take game one against Maryland (11-12). On Saturday, Terps starter Tyler Blohm returned the favor, throwing eight scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory.
Coming off a rough start last Saturday against East Carolina in which he allowed six runs in four innings of work, Blohm was masterful against the Hatters. In addition to a career-high 12 strikeouts, the sophomore left-hander allowed only four hits as the Stetson batters were kept off-balance throughout the game.
The Hatters were only able to strike for one run on Saturday, after scoring 12 against Maryland less than 24 hours prior. The run came on a Brooks Wilson single in the seventh, scoring Baylen Sparks, but was unearned due to an error by Richie Schiekofer earlier in the inning. Although Blohm escaped the seventh with no more damage, the defensive mishap resulted in a run for the opposing team, something that has become a trend for the Terps as of late.
As for the Maryland offense, the lineup recorded only six hits, but with Blohm on the mound it was more than enough. Marty Costes, who returned to the lineup after an injury scare yesterday, stayed hot, recording his third consecutive multi-hit game while also driving in a run. Nick Dunn also added two hits, including a solo homerun in the eighth inning, his sixth of the season.
With the offense not crushing the ball, Maryland was also able to add a few runs thanks to a lack of control by Stetson starter Jack Perkins. In the third, Perkins hit Schiekofer and Zach Jancarski with the bases loaded, bringing home two runs for the Terps.
Perkins struggled, only going 4 ⅓ innings while allowing four earned runs, but Stetson was able to stay competitive thanks to the strong performance of reliever Austin Bogart. The sophomore ate up three innings for the Hatters and kept the Terps from putting the game out of reach.
However, Kevin Biondic shut the door on any chance of a comeback by Stetson, working a scoreless ninth inning for Maryland and earning the save.
With the series tied up at one game apiece, Hunter Parsons will take the mound on Sunday for the decisive rubber match. First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.
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