If you’re a fan of offense, then Maryland’s 16-10 victory over William & Mary on Tuesday in College Park was the game for you.
William & Mary (20-11) jumped on the Terrapins (16-15) and starting pitcher Tuck Tucker early when Hunter Hart grounded out to short, but scored David Hogarth from third. However, the Terps would immediately answer. After a single by leadoff hitter A.J. Lee, Randy Bednar ripped a double off the left field wall that would score Lee.
The game would not be tied for long, however. The Tribe batted around the order in the second inning, scoring four runs. Tucker retired the first batter, but then allowed hits to the next four and his day was done. Mark DiLuia came in to relief Tucker but the Tribe would lead 5-1 after two.
Unlike last Tuesday’s loss to the Tribe though, the Terps would not be stuck on one run. Trailing 6-1, the Terps bats woke up in the bottom of the third. Taylor Wright got things started with a solo home run to left center followed by a home run by Maxwell Costes to cut the lead to 6-3. The Terps would continue to tack on hits and runs all inning. With the bases loaded, a Bednar single knocked in Ben Cowles to give Maryland a 7-6 lead.
“If that was us last week or two weeks ago, we would have folded,” said Wright. “We grinded some at bats through. Just keep putting good at bats together and that will happen.”
The Terps would not be done adding to their lead. They had tacked on three in the bottom of the fifth when Justin Vought stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. He drove a 1-1 fastball over the centerfield fence for his first grand slam of the season, giving the Terps a 14-6 lead. But, both offenses weren’t finished just yet.
Maryland scored two more runs, highlighted by Josh Maguire’s third home run of the season. Meanwhile, the Tribe got four more runs to cut the deficit to six, but it would not be enough. Maryland’s 16 runs were a season high.
“Sixteen runs is great. Four homers is great. But the way they attacked the game. They attacked it with passion and energy. When you attack the game like that, more than often good things happen,” said Terrapins head coach Rob Vaughn.
Despite allowing eight runs, there were some positives on the bump for the Terps. Mark DiLuia settled down after a rough start and ended up allowing only one earned run in 4.2 innings. Sean Fisher followed DiLuia and was efficient, allowing only one hit and one run in two innings.
“Everyone’s going to talk about 16 runs, but Mark DiLuia is the reason we won today,” Vaughn said. “I was so proud of the way he competed. Without the way Mark threw that ball, we don’t win that game.”
Maryland will be right back at it on Wednesday, facing off against West Virginia at home. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nick Turnbull will get the start for the Terps.