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Maryland baseball’s bats stay quiet in 7-3 loss to Bryant

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The Terps drop their second home game in as many days.

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

For the second straight day, Maryland baseball struggled in all aspects, losing to Bryant 7-3 Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

Bryant entered the game with a 2-7 record, but the Bulldogs outperformed the Terps in every way. Maryland only mustered one hit in the game, a Justin Morris single in the third. Bryant starter Jack Patterson, who came into the day with a 6.60 ERA, shut the Terps down all afternoon as Maryland’s struggles on offense carried over from Thursday.

Maryland’s offense got on the board in the third thanks to a Nick Dunn RBI groundout. However, it took a walk, single and sac bunt to get in that position in the first place. The Terps’ next chance came in the sixth, as they got men on first and second with one out, but Kevin Biondic grounded into a double play on the first pitch he saw to end the inning.

The offense stayed patient in the seventh, working three walks to load the bases with two outs. The approach paid off, as AJ Lee scored on a wild pitch right before Zack Jancarski walked to re-load the bases. While the Terps got a run on a balk, Nick Dunn popped up to strand two and end the inning.

In total, Maryland earned nine walks, so at least it had the right approach at the plate despite struggling to get hits. However, it could never get that big hit, highlighted by Marty Costes and Dunn each inducing outs with the bases loaded and two outs.

In the top of the second, Taylor Bloom surrendered a double and single, giving Bryant a 1-0 lead. Bloom continued the rough patch in the third inning, allowing three runs on a single, two doubles and two walks.

With no outs in the sixth, Taylor Wright booted a would-be double play ball, putting men on first and second with no outs instead of clearing the bases with two outs. Bloom induced a sac bunt and pop fly, but Rob Vaughn took the right-hander out before he could finish the job. While Sean Fisher walked the first man he faced, he ultimately forced a flyout to leave the bases loaded.

Bloom failed to finish six innings for the first time this season. He allowed four runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. After Maryland used six pitchers in Thursday’s midweek contest, it needed Bloom to go longer than he did.

In relief, Fisher allowed a run in 1.1 innings of work, Grant Burleson allowed two runs on 1.2 two innings of work, and Biondic recorded an out himself while walking two in the process. Both of Burleson’s runs came when Biondic threw two wild pitches to allow the inherited runners to score. Bryant’s two runs in the ninth turned a 5-3 game into a 7-3 game, giving the Bulldogs some breathing room.

Maryland and Bryant will be back in action Saturday, as they face off in game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.