By Luke Gentile
The Maryland men’s baseball team (7-6) could not rally back against Bryant University (3-7) March 9 as the Terrapins fell 7-3.
Baseball is a game of momentum, and from the outset, the energy was swinging in favor of the Bulldogs.
Senior right-handed pitcher Taylor Bloom took the mound for the Terps. He came into the game with 2.86 era and a 2-1 record. However, he fell into a hole early in the game, giving up three straight base hits including a double that allowed Bryant to take the lead 1-0 in the second.
Maryland was not able to equalize at bat, and things only got worse as the game entered the third inning.
Bloom walked the first batter, who then stole second. This was followed up by a single, wild pitch and two back-to-back doubles. In the blink of an eye the Terrapins were facing a 4-0 deficit.
Maryland’s offense continued to struggle at home, and senior catcher Justin Morris got the team’s only hit of the night in the fifth inning. A sacrifice RBI brought in freshman designated hitter Tommy Gardiner,, but no more offense could be mustered by Terps as the game progressed.
Jack Patterson, who entered the game 0-1 with a 6.60 era, got the call for Bryant. Despite giving up seven walks in six and a half innings, Patterson was constantly able to get himself out of trouble and keep the Terrapins from building any sort of momentum.
In the sixth, Patterson found himself facing two men on with the tying run at the plate. However, he was able to force a double play ending the inning. Pumping his fist, Patterson gave up only one hit and three runs before surrendering the mound in the seventh.
Bryant’s relievers struggled but still looked far superior to the lackluster Terrapin bullpen that has appeared shallow all year.
After failing to get a single man on base in the eighth, senior infielder Kevin Biondic moved in from first base to take the mound for the first time this season. This was Biondic’s first competitive appearance on the mound since high school, and it failed to stop the bleeding.
Biondic issued two walks and threw a series of wild pitches. He closed out the ninth with the Terps down 7-3.
A three and out by the Bryant relief ensured a Bulldog’s win.