In a pitcher's duel, Bryant edged Maryland 2-0 to even the series. Taylor Bloom threw a complete game six hitter, but was victimized by an unearned run in the third inning. The Terps had their chances to score, but ended up leaving 10 men on base.
Unearned run gives Bryant a one run lead
Bryant got a gift run in the third inning. Dan Cellucci drove a shot just beyond Marty Costes' reach for a leadoff double. After Nick Angelini struck out, Coe Fabio lined a single to center, putting runners on the corners. Matt Albanese hit a hard grounder to Kevin Smith that might have gone for a double play, However Smith had trouble corralling the ball for an error, and Bryant led 1-0.
Maryland threatened to score in the fifth inning. Kevin Biondic worked a leadoff walk, and Anthony Papio followed with a single to right. After two Terrapin fly outs, Smith walked to load the bases. However, Madison Nickens grounded out to first.
Taylor Bloom meanwhile continued to mow down the Bulldogs. Through seven innings of work Bloom needed only 84 pitches to hold Bryant at bay. But Maryland had managed just four hits through seven at-bats. Bloom continued to deal, retiring the side in the eighth for the third straight inning.
Bryant brought in their closer, sophomore LHP Logan Lessard in the eighth inning. In four innings of work this year Lessard had allowed just one hit and no runs. With one away, Nick Dunn lofted a shallow fly that fell in for a single. Nick Cieri followed with a single through the right side. Costes hit a bouncer to third, in which the only play was at first. The Terps failed to score as Kevin Biondic popped out to short.
Bryant adds an insurance run
Bloom was still on the bump in the ninth inning. Albanese looped a soft fly down the right field line that fell in for a double. Robby Rinn hit a double that put the Bulldogs up 2-0. Buck McCarthy hit a hot shot in the hole at short that Smith made a superb play on for the first out. Bloom retired the next two batters to go the distance. His final line: 9ip, 2r, 1er, 6h, 0bb, 5k, 110 tp.
Papio drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth. Lessard retired the next three batters to earn his fourth save of the year. Taylor Bloom was the hard luck loser, now 2-2 for the year. Overall the Terps fell to 6-8 this year.
Three things to know:
1. Taylor Bloom has been consistently on point. Through four starts Bloom has given up only two walks in 28 innings while striking out 24 batters. With today's stellar effort, Bloom's era stands at 2.25. The weekend rotation is certainly in good shape.
2. Andrew Bechtold is a vacuum at third base. After playing shortstop in high school, Bechtold was moved to third base as Kevin Smith had locked down shortstop after last year's All-American season. Bechtold looks like he's always played third, making not just routine plays but some tough ones to boot. Today he made 10 plays at third base
3. Bryant was more opportunistic then Maryland today. The unearned run hurt, but the Terps had opportunities to score but couldn't get the critical hit.