Maryland woke up the bats, took an early lead, and pulled away late in a 8-5 victory over Nebraska Saturday afternoon. Neither starting pitcher lasted longer than three innings, and the Maryland bullpen limited the Huskers to a single run in the victory.
The Huskers staked the Terrapins to a pair of runs early, with the visitors scoring in each of the first two innings.
Starting pitcher Derrick Burkamper allowed the first two batters to reach on singles to start the game, before getting a pop up for the first out. A single from Brandon Gum platted a run. After a Will Watson walk loaded the bases, Burkamper got a twin killing to end the threat.
After not being able to score in their half of the first, the Huskers gave up another run via the long ball in the second. AJ Lee lead off the second with a long flyball carried out by the wind to left to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
The Huskers would chase Maryland starter Taylor Bloom in the second. Ben Miller would start the rally with a walk. Luis Alvarado was hit by a change-up from Bloom to put two runners on. After Luke Roskam reached on a fielders choice, back to back walks to Jake Schleppenbach and Brady Childs would force in a run. A basehit from Mojo Hagge would tie the game and chase Bloom. With the bases loaded, Ryan Hill would come in and hit Angelo Altavilla to force in another run and put the Huskers ahead 3-2.
Maryland would bounce back in the fourth and chase Burkamper. Watson reached on a walk and advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw. Burkamper then walked Nick Cieri to finish his day and the Huskers turned the ball over to Matt Waldron. Waldron walked Lee to load the bases and bring up Patrick Hisle. Hisle would fail to execute a suicide squeeze for the first out, with the Childs tagging out Watson on the play. After a strikeout of Hisle, Maryland would send up Dan Maynard as a pinch hitter, and he promptly delivered a two run single to put the Terrapins up 4-3.
Nebraska tied the game in the fifth. Miller doubled into the gap in right center, moved to third on a base hit from Alvarado and then scored on a fielders choice from Roskam.
In the seventh with Waldron still on the mound Maryland would retake the lead. After getting the first two batters of the inning, Marty Costes would reach on an error by Altavilla, and move to second on a single from Gum. Ted Silva would visit the mound but left Waldron in to face Watson who lined a single to right to score Costes. Robbie Palkert would relieve Waldron and promptly got a flyout to end the inning.
Nebraska would get a single from Miller to start the seventh inning and put the tying run on base. Alvarado would hit a ball hard right to Nick Dunn at second who threw to Gum at first to complete the double play.
Maryland platted three large insurance runs in the ninth inning. Dunn reached on a walk and was replaced on base via a fielders choice. A single from Gum and a walk to Watson loaded the bases with two outs. A single from Cieri scored two runs and a double from Lee added another. Cieri was out at the plate on a realy from Hagge.
Nebraska did mount a rally in the bottom of the ninth when Altavilla singled to put a runner on. After a lineout from Jake Meyers, Scott Schreiber was hit by a pitch and Ben Miller reached on an infield hit scoring Altavilla. With the tying run at the plate in the form of Alvarado, a double play ended the game.
Nebraska had their nine game undefeated streak snapped. The Huskers fall to 18-11-1 (3-1-1 Big Ten) while Maryland improves to 20-9 (6-2 Big Ten). Maryland and Nebraska will play the rubber match tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2:05. Jake Meyers will get the ball for the Huskers while Tyler Blohm will pitch for the Terrapins.