Terrapin junior outfielder Caleb Walls (40) swings at a low ball in Maryland’s game against Delaware at home, Mar. 5. (Emily Morina/ The Left Bench)

Terps can’t keep up with William & Mary

While it wasn’t as ugly as Sunday’s loss to Indiana, the Maryland Terrapins suffered their third straight defeat on Wednesday night. This time at the hands of William & Mary by the score of 8-1.

The Tribe (20-7) jumped on the Terps (13-14) in the first inning when Hunter Hart’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Owen Socher. The Terps would tie it at one in the top of the third when sophomore Justin Vought hit his fourth home run of the season. William & Mary would counter in the bottom of the inning though. Hunter Smith hit a two run home run off of Tuck Tucker and the Tribe would never look back.

In his second start of the season, Tucker pitched five innings, allowed four hits and three runs and struck out four. He was charged with his first loss of the season. Sean Fisher had a strong outing out of the bullpen, not allowing any hits in his 1.2 innings of work.

Offensively, the Terps got hits from Vought, Chris Alleyne, Taylor Wright, Caleb Walls, A.J. Lee and Josh Maguire, but could only scratch the one run. They left nine runners on base. Jacob Haney got the start and the win for the Tribe. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing only one run and striking out nine.

Even with a 4-1 lead, the Tribe were not done scoring. With the bases loaded, Brandon Raquet hit a grand slam off of Mark DiLuia to put William & Mary ahead 8-1. Mike Vasturia pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Terps but they could not muster the seven runs to tie the game.

The road does not get any easier for the Terps as they will now travel to Champaign to take on the No. 25 Illinois Fighting Illini for their second Big Ten series.