In a very similar fashion to last Tuesday’s game, the Maryland baseball team defeated the Delaware Blue Hens 11-6 on Wednesday in Delaware.
Just like last Tuesday, the Blue Hens would get on the board in the first inning off of Terps starter Drew Wilden. Wilden made his third straight midweek start, but after a rough start to the second inning, he was pulled. Wilden finished the day with allowing five hits and three runs in 1.1 innings pitched.
The Terps would trail 3-0 before they got the bats going in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Tommy Gardiner led the inning off by getting hit by pitch, and then junior Caleb Walls immediately scored him with an RBI triple. Later in the inning, a Randy Bednar single would knock Walls in. The single allowed for Bednar to collect his 15th RBI of the season and cut the deficit to 1. After a Maxwell Costes walk, Benjamin Cowles delivered a two RBI double to give the Terps their first lead.
Even though Costes was walked that inning, he would have another chance with runners in scoring position later on. With two outs in the top of the eighth, Costes stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. He drove a 1-2 pitch over the left field for his first career grand slam to give the Terps an 8-3 lead.
But just like last week’s matchup, the Blue Hens would not go away. After Elliot Zoellner allowed the first two runners to get on base, Nick Turnbull was brought in to finish the inning. He got the first batter to fly out, but then walked the next one and suddenly the bases were loaded. Delaware’s Justin Hutchins singled up the middle to score two runs and the Blue Hens had signs of life.
Delaware would score another run on a fielder’s choice, but Turnbull would strike out Zack Miller swinging to get out of the inning.
Maryland would not be done scoring. Sebastian Holte-Mancera doubled with one out and later scored on passed ball. After Walls was hit by a pitch, Chris Alleyne hit a two run homerun to give the Terps an 11-6. Alleyne has been hot as of late, hitting four homeruns in the past three games.
Freshman Daniel O’Connor pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve the win. Maryland’s bullpen was a strength of theirs today. Will Glock, Tuck Tucker, and Zoellner combined allowed only one run in 5.2 innings. Glock picked up his second win of the season. Maryland is now 10-5 while Delaware drops to 1-14
After four straight road games, the Terps will return home for a series with East Carolina. First pitch is Friday at 6:30 p.m.