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Maryland falls to Richmond in blowout loss

After a 30-minute rain delay, Maryland’s struggles with hitting and midweek pitching continued against the Richmond Spiders (15-9), losing 10-3 in Richmond on Tuesday.

The Spiders came out swinging, taking the lead with two outs in the first inning off a two-run home run from D.J. Lee. Maryland (12-13) starter Mark DiLuia was unfazed, striking out Sage Bruhl to hold Richmond to two runs in the inning.

DiLuia was unable to shake his bad start, going just three innings and striking out two in 37 pitches. He was followed by redshirt freshman Mike Vasturia, who gave up a run in the bottom of the fifth after he allowed two singles and gave up a walk.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Terps’ pitching fell apart. Sean Fisher replaced Vasturia to start the sixth, but exited after facing only three batters, leaving the bases loaded and no outs for his replacement, Elliot Zoellner.

As Zoellner entered the game, the Spiders’ bats came alive. He allowed six Richmond batters to reach base in a row, five singling and one reaching on a fielder’s choice. He, too, exited with bases loaded, however he did record an out after the Terps caught Vinny Capra in a pickle between second and third base.

Freshman Grant Burleson relieved Zoellner, walking the first batter he faced but working around the bases-loaded jam to strike out Ryan Shaw and force Anthony Forte to ground out, ending the inning. Richmond scored six runs in the inning, giving the Spiders a 9-2 lead.

Richmond extended its lead in the seventh inning, with a two-out solo home run from Tyler Plantier.

While the Spiders were able to build on their scores, all of the Terps’ runs came on solo home runs, one apiece from seniors Kevin Biondic and Zach Jancarski, and freshman Justin Vought in the second, fourth and seventh, respectively.

Maryland went through seven pitchers in total, bringing in John Murphy in the seventh and Billy Phillips in the eighth. Richmond went through six pitchers, but fared far better in the batter’s box.

The Terps return to College Park this weekend, taking on the Northwestern Wildcats to start Big Ten play. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. Friday.