What looked to be a comfortable win for Maryland baseball turned into a nightmare, allowing 16 unanswered runs to Nebraska as the Huskers dismantled the Terps, 17-8.
Every Nebraska hitter got a hit on Saturday, 20 in total, along with four home runs and three doubles. The late innings were crucial for the Huskers, as they were still losing into the seventh inning. They scored 10 runs in those two innings alone, breaking the game open.
Maryland took an early four-run lead in the first, thanks to one big swing from Zach Jancarski. Nebraska starter Luis Alvarado walked two of the first three batters he faced to start the game. Will Watson followed with a single to load the bases for Jancarski, who took Alvarado deep to left field for a grand slam, putting the Terps up 4-0.
The Huskers scored a run of their own in the bottom half, as Scott Schreiber took Maryland starter Hunter Parsons deep to left field, cutting into the Maryland lead at 4-1.
Maryland wasn’t done in the second, putting up another four-spot with two swings of the bat. Alvarado walked the bases loaded with one out in the inning. Watson came through again, this time with a two-run RBI single, putting Maryland up 6-1. Two batters later, Taylor Wright doubled to left-center field, scoring two and extending the Maryland lead to 8-1.
Alvarado threw 1.1 innings for the Huskers, giving up seven earned runs and walking six Maryland batters.
Nebraska had an answer in the bottom half. The Huskers loaded the bases on a walk, fielder’s choice and two singles. Ben Klenke then singled home two, cutting the lead to 8-3. Mojo Hagge followed with an RBI groundout to cut the Maryland lead in half at 8-4.
Nebraska cut the lead to three in the third. Jesse Willkening led off with a single, scoring one batter later on a Luke Roskam RBI double.
The Huskers tacked on two more in the fifth. Scott Schreiber led off with a walk, advancing to third on a single from Wilkening. Roskam tacked on his second RBI of the day on a sac fly that scored Schreiber. Two batters later, Angelo Altavilla doubled down the left field line, scoring Wilkening and cutting Maryland’s lead to one at 8-7.
Parsons departed after 4.1 innings, giving up seven earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts, and eight hits.
Sean Fisher entered and pitched well until the seventh, when he surrendered the lead in the seventh. Fisher had worked a scoreless sixth and got the first two outs in the seventh, allowing a single between outs before Jaxon Hallmark came to bat. Hallmark hooked a ball dow the left field line, hitting the foul pole, giving Nebraska a 9-8 lead, their first lead of the game. Two batters later, Carter Cross, who entered the game for Ben Klenke, singled to right field, scoring Alex Henwood, extending the Husker lead to 10-8.
After Maryland’s two four-run innings in the first and second, the Terps were held scoreless for the rest of the game, managing just three hits after the second inning. The Nebraska bullpen was the main difference in the game today, stifling Maryland bats in the later innings of the game.
The Huskers weren’t done in the eighth, scoring seven runs to blow the game open. Kevin Biondic came in to pitch for the Terps in the seventh, and was left in to pitch the eighth. He has been one of the most consistent pitchers for the Terps this season, but the Huskers teed off on him. The first four Nebraska batters reached base. Wilkening and Roskam both tacked on another RBI to their total for the game, increasing the Nebraska lead to 12-8.
Nebraska wasn’t done in the inning, chasing Biondic after just a third of an inning pitched in the eighth. Angelo Altavilla and Alex Henwood both went deep in the inning, a three-run homer off Biondic and a two-run homer off Alec Tuohy to blow the lead open to 17-8.
The Terps will look to take the series Sunday at 2:05 p.m. ET.