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Maryland baseball breaks slump with 11-3 win over Elon

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The Terps snap a five-game losing streak as the offense gets back on track.

Maryland baseball Kevin Biondic vs. Army Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Maryland baseball snapped its five-game losing streak thanks to a strong offensive showing, beating Elon 11-3 on the road Wednesday.

Maryland’s offense finally broke out after struggling so much recently. The Terps scored nine runs in four innings of play, more runs than they had scored in the last four games combined.

Zach Jancarski got things going with a double to lead off the game, and he came home on a sac fly by Nick Dunn. That first run set the tone for the Terps and gave them a much needed early lead.

Starting in the third inning, Maryland scored a run in four straight frames to break the game open. With the bases loaded and two outs, A.J. Lee hit a two-run single to give Maryland a three-run lead. Marty Costes immediately followed with a two-run single of his own, chasing Elon’s Mason Daniels, who replaced starter Ryan Conway after one inning.

In the fourth inning, Tommy Gardiner added to the lead with a two-run single of his own. Then, Richie Schekofer and Kevin Biondic singled to score a run in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.

Every member of the lineup minus Dunn got a hit. Gardiner continued to prove his worth in the top of the order, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs on the day, while Biondic also provided two hits. Meanwhile, Costes finally showed signs of life at the plate. Besides his RBI single, he hit his second home run of the game in the ninth. Those two hits brought his batting average to .211, a welcome sight for the junior outfielder, who’s been below .200 most of the season.

On the pitching side, it was a bullpen day since this was Maryland’s fifth game in six days. Mike Vasturia made the start, but he only lasted two innings after pitching an inning Tuesday. The righty surrendered no runs, allowing only one walk through two innings of work.

The rest of the Terps’ bullpen got some much needed work with how much it was struggling, and it pitched well. Elliot Zoellner, Sean Fisher and Grant Burleson combined for three innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits, three walks and two strikeouts between them.

For the final four innings, Rob Vaughn went with Biondic and John Murphy, as Maryland’s two best relievers haven’t gotten much work of late. Despite that, the two had strong performances, allowing one unearned run on three hits, one walk and eight strikeouts.

Maryland returns home to begin a three-game series with Stetson, with the first game scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. ET.