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Maryland baseball: No. 17 Terps rally to edge No. 18 Nebraska 6-5; sweep series

A wind-blown popup allowed Nebraska to grab a 5-0 lead. But the Terps chipped back, primarily through home runs by Martir, Wade, and Smith. The Terps scored the winning run on an errant throw, and Maryland had swept the Cornhuskers.

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Today's starters were RHP Derek Burkamper (4-1) vs. Maryland's Kevin Mooney (0-0).

Huskers jump out to a wind-blown lead

Things started badly for the Terps. Ryan Boldt was HBP and Jake Schlebenbach doubled. A run came across on a Tanner Lubach ground out. In the second inning, Scott Schreiber led off with a single to center. After two were out, the wheels came off for the Terps. Boldt and Schlenbach were issued back-to-back walks to load the bases. Nebraska scored a run when Blake Headley walked. Lubach hit a high popup that the wind played havoc with, before it eventually fell between Kevin Smith and Jose Cuas. With all runners going since there was two outs, all were able to come around to score. All of a sudden Nebraska led 5-0.

Martir and Wade jump start Terrapin rally with home runs

The Terps had been held without a run through the first three innings. Kevin Martir, who has been red hot, hit a towering home run in the fourth to put Maryland on the board. In the next inning Jamal Wade jumped on a curve by Burkamper for a home run, which made the score 5-2.

The Terps struck again in the sixth inning. With one out, Jose Cuas singled past the shortstop. Anthony Papio scorched a line drive into the left field corner for an RBI double.

Smith's blast ties the score

Maryland had scored in three straight innings, yet still trailed by two runs. In the seventh inning the Terps would finally even the score.Wade led off with a single to left. Kengo Kawahara drove a rope to center that look destined for extra bases. But Boldt extended full out and made a leaping grab to rob Kawahara. With two outs, Smith sent a blast over the left center field wall to tie the score.

Meanwhile, Zach Morris and Robert Galligan threw a combined four scoreless innings.With the score now tied, Alex Robinson came in to pitch in the top of the eighth. In that inning, Robinson issued two walks (one intentional) but escaped without surrendering a run. The Terrapin hitters also got two free passes in the inning, but couldn't score. When Nebraska went scoreless in the ninth, the game moved to the bottom of the inning with the score tied at 5-5.

Wild finish gives Terps the sweep

With one out, Smith hit a slow chopper that Headley couldn't field cleanly for an infield single. That was followed by a Martir single through the left side of the infield: the Terps had runners on first and second with one out. Cuas hit a grounder to the shortstop, who flipped to the second baseman. But in attempting to get the double play, the second baseman threw a bouncer that skipped past the first baseman. Smith came around to score the winning run.

Collectively, Maryland relievers pitched six scoreless, allowing only two Cornhusker hits.  Alex Robinson got the win to go 1-0. Overall, Maryland now has a 22-7 record, 7-2 in the B1G.