Maryland, which has been knocking baseballs out of parks at a record pace, scored nine runs in the last four innings yesterday to defeat host Catholic, 10-1, at Brookland Field. It was Maryland's eighth straight win.

Winning pitcher Paul Cox surrendered two hits.

With Maryland protecting a 1-0 lead going into the top of the sixth, Terrapin John Brisee walked and moved to third on a double by Tim Gordon. Tony Larioni, six for six in Maryland's 17-1 defeat of the Cardinals last week, drove in both runners with a bloop single over second base. He scored later in the inning on an error to make it 4-0.

Mark Poehlman opened the seventh with a walk before Brisee hit John Walker's first pitch into the right field bleachers for his eighth home run. His total leads all area hitters.

"I'm still not hitting the ball with real consistency," said Maryland's first baseman. "But that's just a matter of being more patient."

Maryland (16-5) has outscored its opponents, 94-14, during its win streak, hitting 25 home runs in that stretch. The team has 42 home runs in all -- the old record was 31 -- and is batting .327.