Maryland bats erupt for 26 runs in clobbering of Towson

After a rough weekend in Dallas knocked Maryland out of the NCAA Top 25, the Terps bounced back with authority. Scoring a season-high 26 runs, the Terps dominated Towson, 26-8, in the first of two midweek games before Big Ten play begins. The 26 runs are the most that Maryland Baseball has scored in one game since March 14, 2007.

The first four innings tell the whole story as the Terps picked up all 19 of their runs in that span, including the third inning that featured three home runs and six total runs. By the time the fourth inning ended, every hitter in the Terps’ lineup reached base at least once.

Maryland picked up four runs in the first and second innings each, and once the Tigers threatened with three runs of its own, the Terps bounced back with six runs in the third — and five more in the fourth.

The game could have ended after the fourth inning, and Nick Lorusso would still have himself the best game of the season thus far. The Villanova transfer reached base in each of those innings including six RBI and a three-run home run in the third to get back all the runs Towson had scored in the prior frame.

Outside of Towson’s three-run inning in the third, Maryland’s pitching tandem of Ryan Van Buren — making his first collegiate start — and Andrew Johnson cleaned up very nicely. Having an enormous lead behind them helps that, and from the fourth inning on, the Terps were able limit Towson to four runs en route to the big win.

Freshman Michael Walsh made his collegiate debut in the seventh inning, but surrendered three two-out runs.

Towson’s lone bright spot of the game was the one pitcher who was able to keep the Terps’ lineup at bay. Junior Josh Seils took to the mound in the fifth and pitched a pair of shutout frames. For the Tigers, it was just too little, too late.

That bright spot lasted just two innings, as Seils let up a pair of runs in what turned into a seven-run seventh inning that all but put the nail in the coffin.

Most of the Terps’ starters had been replaced late in the game, but Troy Schreffler remained. Just like Lorusso, Schreffler had himself a stellar performance, racking up four hits and five RBI.

With the final box score looking somewhat like a lottery machine, the Terps will be heading into Wednesday’s afternoon date with George Mason with their heads held high.