WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The third-seeded Maryland baseball team used a six-run fourth inning to push past fourth-seeded UMBC, 16-2, in a Winston-Salem Regional elimination game at David F. Couch Ballpark Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins (38-22) set records for runs scored in a game (16) and an inning (6) in NCAA Tournament play. Junior Kevin Smith powered the Maryland offense with two home runs and six RBis. Junior righty Taylor Bloom tossed eight innings and scattered seven hits while allowing two runs.
“It was a really good bounce back day from our guys,” head coach John Szefc said. “They’ve done a very good job at that for the majority of the year. When we come off a tough day, they’re pretty consistent showing up to answer back and they certainly did that today. A good day like that starts by getting off to a good start and Taylor gave us that.”
After UMBC took the lead on a solo home run in the second, the Terps responded in the top half of the frame on Justin Morris’ two-run home run. The homer was Morris’ fifth of the season.
The Terps blew the game open in the fourth. Consecutive walks issued to Nick Dunn and Will Watson put two on, before Dunn scored on an error that allowed Dan Maynard to reach. Smith followed with a three-run homer off the batters eye in centerfield.
Three walks issued to Morris, Zach Jancarski and Brandon Gum loaded the bases before Marty Costes walked to bring home a run. Dunn’s groundout to first brought home Jancarski, Maryland’s sixth run of the inning.
Maryland continued to pull away with three runs in the fifth. AJ Lee’s double to left center plated Maynard and set up a two-run single for Brandon Gum that made the score 11-1.
The Terps continued to utilize the long ball in the seventh when Costes hit one out, a two-run shot, to left center. Smith hit his second homer of the day, once again of the three-run variety, to make it 16-1. UMBC hit a solo homer to grab a run back in the bottom of the eighth.
Smith’s six RBIs were a Maryland program record for an NCAA Tournament game. The Terps drew 13 walks and set a season-high in runs scored. The 16 runs was the most Maryland has scored since April 26, 2016. It’s Maryland second game this season with four home runs.
Smith’s 13 home runs are the most in a single season at Maryland since 2008 (Mike Murphy, 13). Smith also moved into a tie for ninth on Maryland’s all-time home run list (27).
Maryland returns to action Sunday afternoon against the loser of Satuday night’s Wake Forest/West Virginia elimination game. First pitch for that game is scheduled for noon and the action can be seen live on ESPN3. Fans can also listen live on the Maryland Baseball Network.