It was an offensive explosion that helped Maryland defeat VCU 10-5 on Tuesday. Maryland improves to 20-21 while the Rams are now 28-13. The Terps are 3-0 against VCU on the season.
Maryland starter Tyler Blohm made first appearance since February 17th. Blohm got off to a rough start when VCU’s lead-off hitter Brett Norwood hit a home run on the second pitch of the game. However, Blohm settled down and got through two innings without allowing another run. Blohm, who hails from Severna Park, Maryland, was excited to get back on the mound.
“My family came. They were all very excited,” Blohm said. “I’d be lying to you if I told you I didn’t have any jitters this morning waking up. It just felt like opening day.”
Maryland responded to the Rams early strike. Randy Bednar doubled down the right field line and then Maxwell Costes brought him home with an RBI single to tie the score at one.
Bednar’s hitting was crucial for the Terps to get their bats going, after scoring only one run on Sunday. Bednar was 4-5 with two RBI’s and three runs scored. Bednar has now gotten ten hits in the last four games.
“Just when you start seeing him square things up to the middle of the field and the other way, that shows you a little of the maturity he has as a hitter,” saids Terps head coach Rob Vaughn.“He could juice some balls to his pull side but you wouldn’t see him stay over too many baseballs.”
The Terps got their first big lead in the bottom of the second. With runners on second and third, Ben Irvine hit a ground ball to first that scored Justin Vought from third. Later in the inning, it was Bednar who singled with the bases loaded to score two more. Immediately after Bednar, Taylor Wright hit a double down the right field line to score Bednar and the Terps led 5-1.
VCU would respond in the top of the third with three runs of their own to make it 5-4.
Alas, the Terps were not done scoring. A.J. Lee got things going again with a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth for his third home run of the season. Later on, Josh Maguire singled up the middle to score Wright and Bednar and the lead was up to 8-4.
Daniel O’Connor was responsible for all three VCU runs in the third inning, but Sean Fisher came in to replace him and was excellent. Fisher allowed only one hit in 2.2 innings of work.
Maryland added a few more insurance runs, highlighted by Ben Cowles solo home run. Cowles also had a massive day at the plate, tying his season high in hits with three. As a team, Maryland finished with 17 hits and every starter had a hit by the fourth inning. This was quite the contrary result to Sunday’s loss to Ohio State where the Terps managed just one run on four hits. Afterwards, Ben Cowles praised the team’s resiliency.
“It comes a lot from the older guys. They keep pushing us. They want to win. I mean they’re only guaranteed 20 games left, so they are out here playing for us so we have to play for them too,” Cowles said.
The Terps will travel to State College, Pennsylvania to take on Penn State for a three-game a weekend series.f