Brayden Martin records his second walk-off in three days to propel Terps past Spartans

The Terps returned from a tough loss and dramatically defeated the Spartans on Sunday afternoon.

The Maryland Terps (18-6) won their 15th-straight weekend series with a 5-4 victory over the Spartans. The series win marked Maryland’s 23rd consecutive win over a Big Ten opponent, dating back to 2021. At first, it seemed unlikely that Maryland would continue the streak. The Terps had to claw their way back, trailing for most of the game.

Joey McMannis started the game for the Terps, giving up just two earned runs. He struck out two batters while surrendering five hits across a career-high six innings. Alex Waslsh relived McMannis and pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Head coach Matt Swope then called on Logan Berrier in the ninth inning, and the right-hander would retire every batter he faced. Berrier had a rough outing on Friday night and had a bounce-back win on Sunday afternoon. He also notched his fifth win of the season.

On the offensive side of the ball, the bats were quiet, and it was in the sixth inning, the Terps started to gain some momentum. But, it was the eighth inning when the Terps began to mount the comeback. Alex Calarco brought home Sam Hojnar, and then Keister scored shortly after via a wild pitch. Suddenly, it was a one-run game in College Park. Even after a pitching change, the Terps were piling on, with Jordan Crosland drawing a walk and Elijah Lambros getting hit. It was a tie game heading to the ninth.

After hitting the walk-off knock on Friday, Martin came to the plate with the same approach. Like Friday, there were two runners on base, and he, again, received a fastball, which he hammered to left field.

“It’s pretty unreal,” Martin told the media after the game. “They kind of set it up for me again there, and it’s just all the confidence. I know they have all the confidence in the world in me, so it was good to get it again.”

In addition, Martin registered his first three-hit game of his career. Maryland’s win was the team’s 10th comeback win of the season.

The Terps now take a road trip and will face the Georgetown Hoyas on March 26 at 4 p.m. The game can be seen on the Maryland baseball network.

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