Maryland scored a season-high 11 runs on Tuesday night to beat the Delaware Blue Hens 11-6. Maryland is now 7-4, while the Blue Hens are 0-11.
It was the Terps first game since losing both games of a doubleheader on Saturday on walk-offs at Louisiana Lafayette.
“That was one of the most depressing baseball days I have ever been apart of,” said Maryland head coach Rob Vaughn.
Tuesday’s win would not come without drama. Delaware got out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Jordan Hutchins doubled down the right field line followed by a Zack Miller single to score Hutchins from second. The Terps however would follow that up with a three run inning to take a 3-1 lead.
Starting pitcher Drew Wilden made his second start of the season. The freshman left hander lasted only 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and one run. He had his second straight no decision. Sophomore right hander Mark DiLuia took his place and pitched three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth.
With the Terps leading 4-1, DiLuia left the game in the hands of sophomore Billy Phillips with two outs and runners on first and second. The left hander would allow three straight singles and the Blue Hens would tie the game at four.
Phillips was replaced by Daniel O’Connor, who allowed a double to Jack Goan that gave Delaware a 6-4 lead.
But just like the first inning, the Terps would respond. Justin Vought led off the inning with a single and later Sebastian Holte-Mancera would follow with a walk. Tommy Gardiner then singled into left to score Vought and cut the deficit to one. After Chris Alleyne walked, lead-off hitter Caleb Walls stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded.
Walls hit a routine grounder but first baseman Joseph Carpenter sailed a throw to second into left field allowing two runs to score and the Terps to gain a 7-6 lead. Maryland would not trail again. O’Connor recorded his first win of the season.
“We talk all the time about responding to adversity,” said sophomore catcher Justin Vought. “Get a little five run inning there. We just want to keep getting quality at bats and put some runs on the board. Put something up to respond to their five run inning and the bullpen responded to them.”
The Terps tacked on three more in the sixth, highlighted by a solo home run by Holte-Mancera. In the eighth inning, freshman Maxwell Costes hit a solo shot to left field for his first career homer.
“I was just staying relaxed at the plate, keeping my mind clear of everything else, focusing on the at bat at hand,” said Mancera-Holte who was making only his fourth start of the season.
With some insurance runs on the board, the back end of the bullpen closed the game out for the Terps. Will Glock, Nick Turnbull and Sean Heine all pitched scoreless innings to close the game out.
Up next, Maryland will travel to Florida for a three-game series with Stetson starting Friday night.
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