COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Matt Donlan’s three-run home run in the seventh inning, one of four Connecticut blasts, broke the game open and the Huskies defeated No. 15 overall seed Maryland 10-5 Saturday night in the winner’s bracket of the College Park Regional.
The Huskies’ power, which included Zach Bushling’s two-run shot in a four-run eighth, dropped the Terrapins into a Sunday loser-out game with Wake Forest, with the winner facing UConn on Sunday evening.
UConn (48-13) took a quick lead when David Smith and Erik Stock led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back home runs.
Maryland (46-13) tied it at 2 on Kevin Keister’s home run in the third and an RBI single from Ian Petrutz in the fifth.
Smith drew a leadoff walk in the Huskies’ half of the fifth, Stock followed with a fielder’s choice and after Casey Dana singled, Stock scored the go-ahead run on a ground out by Ben Huber.
Pat Gallagher (10-3) went seven innings, allowing seven hits and two runs for UConn. Stock scored four runs and Bryan Padilla had three hits.
Maryland starter Jason Savacool (8-3) went six innings, giving up three runs before the bullpen struggled.
Petrutz smacked a three-run homer in the ninth for the Terps.
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