In the first game of the day Saturday, Indiana took a lead early and never looked back.
Maryland flipped the script in the second game and evened the series.
The Terps clubbed three home runs and Tyler Blohm worked his way through 6.1 innings to lead the Terps to a 9-2 win in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Bart Kaufman Stadium, setting up a Sunday rubber match.
The Terrapins (29-12, 13-4 Big Ten) took their first lead of the series in the top of the first. An error, a Marty Costes single, and passed ball put runners on second and third for Nick Dunn. The second baseman came through, hitting a sacrifice fly to left to put his team in front 1-0.
Maryland added on in the third when Costes ripped a long home run over the bullpen in left field. Brandon Gum was on first for Costes’ blast, putting the Terps ahead 3-0. It was the sophomore’s team-leading ninth home run of the season. Costes went 3-for-4, one of four Terrapins with multiple hits, and raised his average to .352.
Indiana (23-17-2, 9-7-1) closed the gap with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, but, undeterred, Maryland opened it up again in the fifth. AJ Lee led off against Indiana starter Brian Hobbie and battled through a seven-pitch at-bat before launching a home run in almost the same place as Costes’ shot. It was Lee’s fifth of the season as he continues to produce from the No. 9 spot in the order.
Two innings later, the hitter at the other end of the lineup, leadoff man Zach Jancarski, became the third to send a ball over the same bullpen in left field, extending the Terrapins’ lead to 6-2. After having a 14-game hitting streak snapped in the first game, the junior center-fielder bounced back with a 2-for-4 performance that also saw him score two runs.
While Maryland was putting on a hitting display, Blohm was continuing his stellar work as the Saturday starter. In three starts since moving to the weekend’s middle game, the freshman has pitched to a 1.99 ERA in 18.1 innings. Against Indiana, he allowed two runs while striking out five and walking two. Maryland’s big offensive game made him the winner, his Big Ten-leading eighth victory of the season. He’s gotten a decision in all 11 of his starts this season.
The Terps put the game on ice in the top of the eighth with three consecutive hits to open the inning, including a two-run single for catcher Danny Maynard. The sophomore has 16 RBIs in just 14 starts this season.
Maryland racked up 13 hits after being held in check for most of the first game. Most of the damage came from the top of the order. The 1-4 hitters in the lineup all had at least two hits and went a combined 9-for-17 with six runs scored.
With the game in hand, Ryan Selmer relieved Blohm in the seventh and pitched an efficient 2.2 innings, retiring eight straight hitters on just 23 pitches. His ERA dropped to a minuscule 1.38, the second-lowest on the team behind Andrew Miller’s 1.02 mark.
Matt Gorski was the only Hoosier that had any consistent success with the bat, going 2-for-3 with his fourth home run of the season in the third.