(RECAP COURTESY OF MARYLAND ATHLETICS)
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Chris Alleyne’s big day led No. 14 Maryland to its school-record breaking 43rd win of the season as the first-place Terps (17-5 Big Ten) continued their late-season charge to a potential first-ever Big Ten Championship with a 14-7victory at Purdue on Thursday night. The Terps improved to 43-10 with two regular-season games remaining at Purdue. The 43 wins break the school record set in 2015, when Maryland went 42-24 in advancing to the NCAA Super Regional. The Terps are No. 9 in the latest RPI.
Alleyne became the first Maryland player and first in the NCAA since 2018 to be a 20/20 man, recording 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Alleyne blasted his Big Ten-leading 20th round-tripper, a three-run homer in the second inning to put the Terps ahead 5-0 on the way to the victory. He also tied his career-high with three stolen bases in the game and now has 23 this season. Alleyne went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Starting pitcher Jason Savacool (8-2) was strong on the mound as he threw seven innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out seven batters. Will Glock finished off the game throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Bobby Zmarzlak went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a career-high four runs scored and three RBIs. Matt Shaw went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Freshman Ian Petrutz homered for the third game in a row, as he lined a two-run shot to right, going 1-for-4with two RBIs. Troy Schreffler Jr. went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Nick Lorusso also drove in two runs.
The Terps now have a chance to clinch at least a tie for the Big Ten Championship as soon as Friday should Rutgers (16-5 Big Ten) lose on Thursday night and the Terps win in Friday’s game that starts at 5 p.m., on Big Ten Network.
Breaking Down The Action
• The Terps took a 1-0 lead as Lorusso’s sacrifice fly brought home Alleyne, who doubled, in the top of the first inning.
• Luke Shliger doubled home Zmarzlak to make it 2-0 in the second inning. Then Alleyne crushed a three-run home to leftfield to push the lead to 5-0.
• Zmarzlak blasted a two-run homer to center scoring Maxwell Costes making it 7-0 in the third inning.
• Shaw singled through the left side scoring Alleyne for his third run scored in the game, making it 8-0. Schreffler Jr.’s liner off the rightfield wall drove in Lorusso to push the lead to 9-0. Costes brought home Shaw on a sacrifice fly for a 10-0 lead.
• Petrutz hit a homer for the third game in a row with a two-run shot in the fifth for a 12-0 lead. Lorusso’s groundout scored Shliger, making it 13-0.
• Purdue got on the board with a run in the fifth inning.
• The Boilermakers scored three runs in the seventh inning to draw within 13-4.
• Purdue’s Ryan Howe hit a three-run home run to make the score 13-7, Purdue.
• Zmarzlak hit his second homer in the top of the ninth, to double up Purdue, 14-7.