KNOXVILLE, Tn. – Junior 2B Nick Dunn hit a pair of solo home runs and Senior SP Taylor Bloom scattered six hits while striking out nine in seven scoreless innings as Maryland (1-0) opened up its 2018 season by shutting out the Tennessee Volunteers, 4-0, in Knoxville.
Sophomore SP Zach Linginfelter gave up two runs in four innings plus one batter to take the loss for Tennessee (0-1).
Tennessee managed to get back to back two-out singles in the bottom of the first but Bloom struck out Senior C Benito Santiago to end the inning.
The Terps would finally manage to score their first two runs during the top of the fourth. With one out, Dunn hit his first home run of the season to right field, and Maryland took a 1-0 lead. Junior 3B Taylor Wright followed that with a single to center and then stole second base. Junior SS AJ Lee struck out for the second out of the inning. Wright then stole third base and came home on Senior DH Taylor Wright’s two-out single to left.
Dunn would hit his second solo home run with one out in the top of the eighth to extend Maryland’s lead to 3-0.
Maryland’s final run would score in the top of the ninth when Freshman RF Randy Bednar started off the inning by drilling a seeing-eye single to left-center. Junior LF Marty Costes then drove Freshman RP Garrett Crochet’s pitch to deep right-center field for what looked like a two-run blast but the ball would bounce off near the top of the wall back on to the field for a RBI-scoring double, scoring Bednar all the way from first.
Tennessee managed to work two walks in the bottom of the ninth and had runners on first and second with two outs but Sophomore LF/2B Jay Charleston hit a pop fly to right field ending the game.
This was also the debut of rookie Maryland head coach, Rob Vaughn. At 30 years old, Vaughn is the youngest head coach in all of the five power division one conferences. Vaughn is hoping to continue the recent success the Terps squad has had. They have made the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament three out of the last four years, missing out in 2016.
Both teams play the middle of their three-game series on Saturday at 2:00 pm.