by: Matt Present
A rare sight for the Terps; a first a that. A Mike Shawaryn defeat. Indiana came out of the gates aggressively, and it paid off. They tagged Shawaryn for nine hits and five runs (three earned), over five and two-thirds, and came away with a 6-5 victory.
Down 3-0 early the Terps came back to tie it in the third with a Brandon Lowe 2 RBI single, and a Kevin Martir suicide squeeze. They then took the lead in the fourth when Jose Cuas launched a moon shot over the left-center field fence, his eighth home run of the season. But he lead was short lived.
With runners at second and third and two away in the sixth, Hoosier shortstop Nick Ramos hit a routine ground ball to his counterpart Kevin Smith. Smith waited back on the hop and bounced a throw to first, which Willie Rios was unable to scoop out of the turf, allowing two runs to come across.
The Terps had their chances to get back into it, and even take the lead, but it was a game of missed opportunities for Maryland. LaMonte Wade was thrown out at the plate in the seventh, on a strong throw from Craig Dedelow, keeping the game at 5-4.
Then in the bottom of the eighth, the Terps loaded the bases against Indiana reliever Luke Harrison. With two outs and Lowe coming to the plate Chris Lemonis turned to his closer Ryan Halstead, the school record holder for saves. After blowing a couple of fastballs by Lowe, he jammed the Terps second baseman, as Lowe popped out to shortstop, to end the threat.
Halstead then worked a perfect ninth to secure his eighth save of the season. These two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon at 2pm when Rob Galligan will get his second start of the season, and Indiana will counter with a lefty of their own in Kyle Hart.