The Maryland baseball didn’t start off the season on a highly positive note.
After a pair of losses to Ball State and Louisville, the Terrapins bounced back in a huge fashion with a 9-7 win over Alabama State on Sunday.
The Terps produced a six-run fourth inning and jumped all over Alabama State starter Terrell McCall. Right fielder Marty Costes led Maryland as he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-out triple in the third inning that helped get the Terps on the scoreboard.
Freshman starter Tyler Blohm surrendered just three runs (two earned) on five hits in 5.1 innings. The former Archbishop Spalding (Md.) standout also struck out four batters while walking two.
This proved to be a game of big innings for both teams.
The Hornets put up three runs in the second inning. One of the runs came home after a wild patch from Blohm, which tacked on the third run of the inning.
Maryland was able to get a run back in the bottom half of the inning. After Zach Jancarski and Nick Dunn flied out to start the frame, Costes ripped a triple to left field and scored on an RBI single from first baseman Brandon Gum.
After adding another run in the third, the Terps exploded for their big six-run fourth inning.
Shortstop Kevin Smith started the rally off with a single to center field. He ended up stealing second base and later scored on a Dan Maynard RBI single.
The Terps also got RBI singles from Nick Cieri and Costes to blow the game open at 8-3.
Alabama State went scoreless until the ninth inning when they scored four runs. Reliever Mike Rescigno gave up four earned runs and it took a two-out save from Andrew Miller to shut the door.
Maryland baseball is off until Friday when they travel to LSU for a three-game set with the Tigers.