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Maryland beats VCU for second time this year

The Maryland baseball team defeated VCU 4-3 in a rematch of a game the Terps won a few weeks back. The win is Maryland’s fifth straight and they are now 5-2 on the season, while the loss drops the Rams to 4-3 on the season.

The Terrapins got in the scoring column early on Tuesday. Junior left fielder Caleb Walls led the game off with a base hit, and sophomore left fielder Randy Bednar followed by knocking him in with an RBI double to give the Terps a 1-0 lead. Bednar has now gotten a hit in every game this season. The Rams would respond with a run of their own in the bottom of the first.

Left hander Drew Wilden made his first career appearance for the Terrapins on the mound after sitting out last season with injury. The sophomore started the game and went two innings allowing one hit, one walk and striking out two batters.

After VCU reclaimed the lead in the third, Maryland began to battle back in the fifth.Chris Alleyne led things off with a single, followed by a walk by Walls. A few batters later, third baseman Taylor Wright hit a sacrifice fly that would score Alleyne from third and the score was knotted up at two.

Bednar would lead the top of the seventh off with a single and then advance on a throwing air by the Rams. With two outs, freshman Max Costes delivered with a base hit into left field that would score Bednar from second. Costes continued to contribute on Tuesday while coming off Big Ten player of the week honors from a week ago.

The Terps would add an insurance run in the top of the ninth when shortstop A.J. Lee’s RBI single would score third baseman Taylor Wright. Lee, who started in all 54 games last season, is starting to break out of his early slump. He has now gotten hits in back-to-back games.

After six different relievers helped keep the Rams scoreless from the third inning on, Maryland brought in senior right hander John Murphy to close the game in the ninth. Murphy let up a leadoff double and VCU quickly capitalized with a single a few batters later to cut the lead to 4-3. After Murphy hit a batter, the Rams had runners on first and second with one out. But Murphy settled down and got the last two batters out, preserving the win for the Terps. John Turnbull picked up the win in relief.

Maryland will be back on the road this weekend with a three game series at Louisiana Lafayette.