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Maryland baseball beats Stetson, 6-1, to even series

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The Terps knot the series with dominant pitching.

Maryland baseball AJ Lee vs. Army Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Tyler Blohm dominated a strong Stetson lineup Saturday afternoon, leading Maryland baseball to a 5-1 victory to even the series.

While the Hatters benefitted from a gem by their starter Friday, it was Maryland’s turn. Blohm lasted eight innings and barely felt any pressure from Stetson’s offense.

After struggling last week against East Carolina, Blohm bounced back in a big way. He didn’t have to pitch out of the stretch until the fifth, since Marty Costes threw out Stetson’s Baylen Sparks trying to stretch a single into a double. However, despite allowing a double in the fifth, Blohm worked around it easily.

The lefty first found significant trouble in the seventh, allowing Sparks to lead off with a double. After a wild pitch, Stetson’s Brooks Wilson reached on an infield single that scored the Hatters’ first run. However, Blohm worked out of trouble thanks to three strikeouts.

In total, Blohm had his best start of the year, lasting eight innings and allowing one run on four hits with a walk and a career-high 12 strikeouts. After he failed to record a strikeout last weekend, and with Maryland’s shaky pitching over the last week, it was a desperately needed start by the lefty.

Just like its starting pitcher, Maryland’s offense also bounced back on the day. In the top of the third, Maryland conducted a huge two-out rally to take the lead. AJ Lee got hit by a pitch and Nick Dunn singled to put runners on the corners when Costes got a check-swing single to score Lee from third. From there, Stetson starter Jack Perkins continued to struggle with command, hitting three straight batters after Costes’ single to score two runs and give Maryland a 3-0 lead through three.

Two innings later, Maryland hit Perkins as hard as it had all day. Costes and Zach Jancarski picked up a double each, extending the lead to four and ending Perkins’ day. The Stetson righty lasted 4.1 innings in total, allowing four runs on four hits, three walks and four hit-by-pitches.

Maryland put together another rally in the sixth thanks to a Stetson pitcher losing the strike zone. This time, reliever Jeremy Orbik walked the bases loaded with no outs and the heart of the order coming up. However, Dunn grounded into a double play, limiting the rally to only one run.

The Terps added a run in the eighth inning when Dunn snuck a home run just fair over the right field wall. Dunn now has six homers on the season after hitting five all of last year.

While the Terps’ offense had a good day, only three hitters collected a hit, as Dunn, Costes and Jancarski each got two. It was a positive sign for Jancarski, as Rob Vaughn moved the center fielder down to the sixth spot in the order, the first time Jancarski hadn’t hit in the first two spots in the lineup in two years. As for Costes, he continues to prove that he is back, reaching base three times and raising his average to .238.

Maryland will look to take the series in the rubber match on Sunday. First pitch between the Hatters and Terps is set for 1 p.m. ET.