COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring on a two-run single by shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez and on a two-run double by catcher Jack Cleary, and never looked back as the Terrapins defeated Duke 21-2 on Saturday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
First baseman Tomo Delp added a two-run double down the left field line and Rodriguez drove in another run on a sacrifice fly to center in the second to extend the Terrapin lead to 7-0.
Designated hitter Jeff Kremer got the Blue Devils on the board in the third, crushing the first pitch he saw over the wall in center for a one-out solo home run. It was the second homer of the season for Kremer and the third of his career.
Duke added a run in the fourth to make it a 7-2 ballgame. Second baseman Mark Lumpa drew a one-out walk. Left fielder Andrew Istler then singled to the gap in right center, moving Lumpa all the way to third. Lumpa would then score on an RBI-groundout from right fielder Grant McCabe.
The Terps tacked on three runs in the fourth to go ahead 10-2.
Second baseman Kyle Convissar added a solo home run in the fifth to extend the Maryland lead to 11-2.
Left fielder Michael Montville drove in a run in the sixth to put the Terps ahead 12-2. Maryland would load the bases later in the inning but Duke righty Sarkis Ohanian got Convissar to fly out to left to get out of the bases-loaded jam.
Maryland (24-13, 7-10 ACC) added two more runs in the seventh to make the score 14-2.
A seven-run eighth inning accounted for the final margin.
Kremer finished 1-for-3 with his solo homer, while Istler went 2-for-4 at the plate. Third baseman Jordan Betts had his third double of the weekend and center fielder Anthony D’Alessandro added a double for Duke (13-23, 5-12 ACC). Catcher Mike Rosenfeld and pinch hitter Al Morris added hits, while McCabe had an RBI and Lumpa scored a run.
Brett Harman (5-2) earned the win after holding the Blue Devils to two runs on four hits in six innings. Harman had eight strikeouts and only one walk on the day.
Trent Swart (3-5) took the loss in his shortest outing of the season.
The Blue Devils and Terps will wrap up the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.