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Maryland baseball struggles all around in 7-1 loss to Delaware

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The Terps went quiet as the Blue Hens ran away with it.

Andrew Kramer @mercator88

Maryland baseball struggled on both sides of the field on Thursday, as the Terps fell to Delaware, 7-1, in a makeup of Tuesday’s postponed matchup.

Maryland’s offense crawled back into its shell from the beginning of the season, while the Terps pitchers couldn’t figure out the Blue Hen hitters.

Midweek starter Mark DiLuia didn’t last long, as Rob Vaughn pulled the freshman after three innings. DiLuia allowed three runs on five hits, and surrendered three walks and five strikeouts through just nine outs.

In the second, DiLuia allowed a single, two walks and a sac fly, giving Delaware a 1-0 lead. Next inning, Delaware’s Diaz Nardo took Diluia deep for a two-run shot, extending the lead to three. As Maryland looks for a reliable mid-week starter, DiLuia didn’t offer much length, needing 70 pitches to get through three innings

Maryland’s bullpen struggled relieving DiLuia, as Alec Tuohy, Elliot Zoellner and Billy Phillips combined to allow four runs in six innings. Just like with their mid-week starter, the Terps are still looking for some reliability in their middle relief, but haven’t found it yet.

Offensively, after breaking out last weekend, the Terps went cold once again. Maryland’s only run came when Randy Bednar rocketed a home run to left-center field in the bottom of the third.

The Terps did face some bad luck, as a Nick Dunn double in the second was overturned and called an out. Marty Costes followed up with a double that would have scored Dunn. Instead, Maryland exited the inning without any runs as Kevin Biondic grounded out.

Costes began to break out of his slump, totaling two hits and a walk in his first three at bats. However, he struck out with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, the second time Maryland left the bases juiced in the game without getting a run. In the ninth, he struck out again, this time with two men on. For Maryland’s offense to find its groove for good, it needs Costes to come up big in those situations.

The Terps have a chance for a quick bounce back as they host Bryant for a three game series. The first game is scheduled for tomorrow, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. ET.