Home Plate Ump Squeezes Strike Zone into 3 1/2 Hour Marathon as Maryland Prevails Over UMBC 10-7

It was a gorgeous spring night for baseball and normally I would be just pleased if the Terps were victorious which they were. However, the home plate ump’s strike zone was about a 6 inch square. The Terps were up 7-0 when UMBC tallied 6 in the bottom of the 5th on just 2 hits. The half inning lasted over 45 minutes. It started when the sun was still out and ended up with everyone present looking for blankets.  Here is media rep Justin Moore’s wrap up of the game:

Maryland broke the school’s single-game stolen bases record that it set earlier this season and scored at least one run in each of the first six innings en route to a 10-7 win over UMBC Wednesday night. Alfredo Rodriguez went 4-for-5, Jack Cleary and Dan Gentzler had three hits apiece and David Poutier went 2-for-4 to help Maryland complete a season sweep of the Retrievers.

The Terps had already broken the school record for stolen bases in a game when they took eight against Hofstra on March 6. Against UMBC on Wednesday, Maryland had nearly reached that number halfway through the game and finished the evening with 10.  Gentzler and Matt Marquis led the way, each setting career highs with three stolen bases. Ian Schwalenberg (4-2), who pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief and allowed just one run on three hits, earned the win.  To add to his three hits and three stolen bases, Gentzler moved from first base to the mound in the ninth and picked up his seventh save of the season.

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