Penn State traveled to College Park, Maryland last weekend to play the Terrapins in a three-game series at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
Friday, Sal Biasi pitched a career high of 8 1/3 innings, the first time since 2014 for the Nittany Lions, with only two runs on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Biasi entered the 9th inning with 100 pitches thrown and an almost complete-game shutout under his belt but with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Zach Jarcanski hit a solo shot to tie the game. He was followed by another home run from Brandon Gum, ending the game 2-1 Maryland. Although Biasi was credited with the loss, he threw a total of 110 pitches, 73 of them being strikes. The Nittany Lions were first to score in the fifth inning with a solo home run from catcher Ryan Sloniger, being the only point score from Penn State. The game remained scoreless until the ninth inning when Maryland score two and stole the game.
On Saturday, Maryland started off strong with four hits in the first inning and another two in the second, leading 5-0 at the bottom of the third. The Nittany Lions would come back in the fifth inning and scored their only three runs of the game – a sacrifice fly from Brett Davis, a groundout from Christian Helsel and a double from Nick Riotto, who scored from an error made by Maryland’s Marty Costes. The Terrapins secured their lead by scoring three more runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings. They would take the game from the Lions, winning 8-3. Terrapin’s pitcher, Tyler Blohm pitched for seven with 101 pitches total – eight strikeouts, five hits, one walk, three runs and two earned runs.
Although Braxton Giavedoni led the second and sixth innings with home runs for Penn State on Sunday, the Nittany Lions crashed and burned as Maryland swept the series by winning 15-2. Maryland’s Costes drove in the first run with a single and a fielding error brought another man home in the first inning. He would make it home after a fly out and wild pitch, making the score 3-0. Maryland would go on to score every inning except the seventh. Costes totaled a triple, two doubles and five RBIs throughout the game.
Penn State will return home to take on Pitt on Tuesday, April 18th.