After a four-game series against one of the top programs in the country, Maryland returned home for their first game at Bob “Turtle” Smith stadium of the year – a game against in-state rivals Navy. The Terps won thanks to solid pitching and a six-run third inning, defeating the Midshipmen 8-3.
Michael Boyden got the start on the mound for the Terps, and pitched four innings before being pulled. In the second, Boyden struck out the side, including a nasty 12-6 curveball that fooled Greg Dupell.
In the top of the third, Navy got on the board first, after an Andrew Hahn sacrifice fly scored Nick Driscoll, who got on base with a leadoff single. The Terps fought back in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs – two each from a Korey Wacker double, a Time Kiene single, and a Curtis Lazar single.
Second baseman Ryan Holland had a great day at the plate for the Terps, going 3-4 with a double, two runs and a walk. Freshman left fielder Michael Montville went 2-2 with two walks, and stole a base.
For Navy, most of the offense was provided by Hahn, who drove in all three of the Midshipmen’s runs. Driscoll and Brandon Beans were the only two Navy players with a multi-hit game (each with two), and Driscoll scored two runs.
The Terps got a quality performance from their bullpen, who combined to allow two runs in five innings. Brady Kirkpatrick replaced Boyden and allowed one run in two innings, but the most impressive outing of the night was that of the one-two punch of Chuck Ghysels and Wacker, who pitched the eighth and ninth.
After getting into a bit of trouble, allowing a lead-off double, Ghysels struck out the next two batters he faced and got a flyout to end the eighth. The junior transfer was an honorable mention JuCo All-American at Lincoln Trail CC, and was a 36th round draft pick of the Reds.
Wacker moved from center field to the mound to close it out, and struck out two batters in a perfect inning.
The Terps have a three-game series at home this weekend against Army. The first game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET this Friday, February 25.