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Maryland can’t finish rally, falls to West Virginia

After giving up eight runs early, the Maryland Terrapins (19-25, 5-9) started to mount a comeback against the West Virginia Mountaineers (23-19, 6-9), but couldn’t finish the rally, losing 9-5 on Tuesday.

West Virginia started off hot, scoring four runs each in the first two innings. The four runs in the first were thanks to three Maryland errors, one on third baseman Taylor Wright and two on starting pitcher Billy Phillips.

Phillips lasted 1 ⅓ innings, exiting after giving up back-to-back singles to start the inning, then allowing a walk and a double with one out. All four runners scored before the inning was over, capping the Mountaineers’ two-inning burst at eight runs.

The Terps didn’t seem like they could come back until the top of the sixth. Nick Dunn started the inning with a double, followed by back-to-back one-out walks that loaded the bases. With that, reliever Nick Snyder—who took the mound at the beginning of the inning—was finished for the day.

Dillon Meadows took over for Snyder, but didn’t fare any better. He gave up a one-run single to Zach Jancarski and a three-run double to Wright, allowing Maryland to cut West Virginia’s lead to three runs.

The Terps’ rally wouldn’t have been possible if not for senior Ryan Hill’s stellar pitching to kick off the bottom of the fifth. He kept the Mountaineers scoreless through the fifth and sixth, giving Maryland the momentum and confidence needed to start a comeback.

Maryland’s rally carried over into the top of the seventh after back-to-back walks to A.J. Lee and Dunn. However, a double-steal attempt with Costes in the batter’s box and a 3-2 count resulted in a strikeout and Lee being called out at third on the throwdown.

The Terps’ rally ended after the five-run sixth inning, with a leadoff solo home run from Jimmy Galusky in the eighth inning to give the Mountaineers the 9-5 lead and all-but guaranteed a West Virginia win.

Maryland continues its seven-game road stretch this weekend with a series against Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. First pitch is set for 7:35 p.m. Friday.