(RECAP COURTESY OF MARYLAND ATHLETICS)
COLLEGE PARK, MD — After Jason Savacool threw seven scoreless innings, No. 23 Maryland allowed five runs in the eighth inning as Northwestern beat the Terps, 7-4. The Terps are now 34-9 and 10-4 in the Big Ten. On Maryland Day Saturday, a crowd of 2,576 came out to Bob ‘Turtle’ Smith Stadium, the largest in the last 30 years. This was just Maryland’s second loss at home this season, as the Terps are now 18-2 in College Park.
Savacool continued his stellar pitching as he threw those seven innings, allowing just three hits. He struck out nine.
Nick Lorusso drove in two runs as he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs with a home run. Matt Shawalso hit a home run, coming back-to-back with Lorusso’s blast in the eighth. Luke Shliger hit a solo homer to center field in the ninth.
Northwestern moved to 20-18 and 7-7 in the Big Ten.
Breaking Down The Action
• Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Lorusso’s rip down the line to scored Alleyne.
• The teams traded six scoreless innings through the seventh.
• Northwestern tied the game on a line sacrifice fly to left by Jay Beshears to score Tony Livemore. Then the Wildcats scored four more runs to take a 5-1 lead in the top of the eighth.
• Lorusso clubbed his ninth home run of the season — a blast off The Shell — to cut the defcit to 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth. The next batter, Shaw smashed a solo homer to nearly the same place in leftfield.
• Anthony Calarco added a run with a homer to left in the top of the ninth to make it 6-3. Northwestern tacked on another score to make it 7-3.
• Shliger hit the Terps’ third homer in two innings, leading of the bottom of the ninth to make it 7-4.