Needing to make a strong push in its remaining games to stay in the hunt for a postseason berth, the Maryland baseball team (20-25, 6-9) took care of business Friday, exploding for 15 runs against Nebraska (20-23, 4-10) to take the first game of the series.
Junior Marty Costes led the offensive charge, going 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs. He got the Terps going with a solo shot in the first, and added another in the third. He also had a pair of RBI singles in the seventh and eighth. With a walk in the sixth, Costes reached base all five times he stepped up to the plate.
Maryland added a couple of runs in the second after senior Zach Jancarski led off with a single and junior Taylor Wright walked. Freshman Randy Bednar doubled home Jancarski and senior Justin Morris brought Wright in on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 Terps.
The Terps did the most damage in the later innings, scoring 11 runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. With runners on second and third and one out in the sixth, Nebraska second baseman Zac Repinski attempted the throw home on a grounder, but it was offline and allowed both baserunners to score.
Then, Junior Nick Dunn smoked an RBI double and Wright connected for a three-run blast in the seventh. The Terps batted around in the four-run eighth, with Dunn driving in two with his second double in as many at-bats. Costes had a two-run single and Jancarski added an RBI single to complete the offensive rout.
Freshman starter Mark DiLuia kept the Cornhuskers’ bats fairly quiet over six strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Nebraska added two runs in the seventh and three runs in the ninth off Maryland relievers Ryan Hill and Mike Vasturia, but the game was out of reach by then.
The Terps recorded 13 hits on the day, including four from Costes, three from Jancarski and two each from Dunn and A.J. Lee. Costes, Wright and Dunn drove in five, four and three runs, respectively, while Bednar and Morris each drove in one.
Maryland will work to replicate Friday’s result in game two of the series, a 3:05 p.m. contest on Saturday. Junior Hunter Parsons, who leads the starters with 3.01 ERA, will be in the circle. The game will be broadcast on BTN Plus and the Maryland Baseball Network.