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Maryland blows lead, falls to Nebraska

In true Maryland (20-26, 6-10) fashion, the Terps took the lead early, but struggled defensively, losing 17-8 to Nebraska (21-23, 5-10).

Maryland took the lead early, with back-to-back four-run innings in the first and second. A Zach Jancarski grand slam put the Terps up 4-0 to start. Then, after three walks in a row from Cornhuskers starter Luis Alvarado, a two-RBI single from Will Watson and a double from Taylor Wright gave Maryland an 8-1 lead.

After the first two innings, however, the Terps’ bats went cold, with only a walk in the fifth and a single in the seventh.

The bottom of the fourth was Maryland starter Hunter Parsons’ only scoreless inning. In addition to a solo shot from Scott Schreiber, the junior gave up three runs on a walk and three hits in the second, and a run on two hits in the third.

After giving up a walk and allowing a single to start the fifth, Parsons secured the first out of the inning on a sac fly that scored one, but gave up a subsequent single. With that, the Terps made the call to the bullpen, bringing in freshman Sean Fisher. The Cornhuskers tacked on one more run in the inning, but Fisher kept the Terps’ lead alive, if only one run.

In the bottom of the seventh, a diving catch from Zach Jancarski seemed to save Maryland’s lead, as Nebraska threatened behind the plate, with a runner on and one out. But, two pitches later, Hallmark hit a two-run home run off the left-field foul pole, giving the Cornhuskers their first lead of the game. Nebraska added another run before the end of the inning, taking the 10-8 lead.

Nebraska added to its lead with seven runs in the eighth, highlighted by a three-run home run from Angelo Altavilla. By the end of the inning the Cornhuskers put up 16 unanswered runs, taking a 17-8 lead.

The Terps couldn’t respond in the ninth, and the Cornhuskers evened the series at one game apiece.

Maryland and Nebraska face off tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. for the last game of the series.