Four Maryland pitchers allowed just four hits, and the Terps took advantage of four Georgetown errors, multiple free passes, and numerous wild pitches to claim a convincing 15-2 victory over Georgetown on Friday. In all, the Terps had 11 hits, two of them home runs by Ben Nardi and Devin Russel, respectively.
Maryland’s starters included Kenny Lippman (p), Alex Irizarry (1B), Brayden Martin (2b), Sam Hojnar (ss), Jordan Crossland (3b), Luke Zeisloft (lf), Elijah Lambros (cf), Jacob Orr (rf), Charlie Glennon (dh), (dh, lf) and Devin Russell behind the plate. Kevin Keister had the day off, and Eddie Hacopian, his brother Chris, and Alex Calarco are still recovering from injuries. Riley DeCandido (dh) also saw some action as DH, and Ben Nardi played a fair amount in LF.
The game started slowly as both teams failed to get a hit through two innings. In fact, both starters fanned the side in the second inning. The Terps were able to score on three hits in the top of the third inning, but Georgetown answered with one of its own in the bottom of the inning. After that it was all Terps as numerous players had multiple hits, including Hojnar, Martin, and Irizarry. Lambros hit the ball hard, with one long fly out that would have been a home run at The Bob.
The Terps broke the game open in the seventh. With two outs and none aboard, Georgetown plunked four batters and walked two. Leading 10-2 starting the eighth, Nardi lasered a shot against a Georgetown southpaw, and the Terps added one more to go up 10-2. Russell added a three-run shot in a five-inning ninth to put the Terps ahead 15-2.
Meade Johnson took the mound for the Terps in the fourth, a hard-throwing righthanded transfer from Heartland C.C. He overmatched the Georgetown batters, only allowing one mistake, a no-doubt solo shot in the fifth. That was the last Georgetown hit in the game. Nathan Haberthier retired all six batters he faced, and looked like he’s added a few MPH to his fastball. Logan Berrier, a RHP transfer from Longwood, shut out the Hoyas over the final two frames.