Maryland steam-rolled in series finale against Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights were in for revenge in game three, notching 14 runs and 16 hits in the victory.

Maryland was first to strike after staring pitcher Kyle McCoy held Rutgers scoreless in the top of the first. Eddie Hacopian doubled off the center field wall in the bottom half of the inning, scoring Nick Lorusso and giving Hacopian his 15th run batted in of the season.

Rutgers took little time getting the run back, scoring in the top of the second to tie the game up at one apiece.

Zach Martin stayed hot, doubling in his first plate appearance and eventually scoring a run thanks to a two-out single from Luke Shliger. Once again, the 2-1 lead quickly disappeared for the Terps after Rutgers scored an unearned run in the top of the third.

Rutgers’s first lead of the game came in the top of the fourth thanks to a couple of singles and a base-clearing double by Ryan Lasko to put them up 4-2.

Martin’s excellent series behind the plate continued into the bottom of the fourth inning when he hit his second double of the day. A Luke Zeisloft sacrifice bunt followed by a Shilger single granted the Freshman his second run of the game and third of the season.

Nigel Belgrave replaced McCoy in the fifth after he took a ball off the face to start the inning. Rutgers batters took advantage of this switch, putting up a two-spot on a couple of walks and hits and changing the score to 6-3.

The runs kept flooding in for Rutgers as Lasko lead-off the sixth inning with a home run. He was followed with a two-run shot by Jordan Sweeney later in the inning, taking Belgrave off the mound. Andrew Johnson, Belgrave’s replacement, gave up the third home run of the inning, increasing the Scarlet Knights’ lead to nine.

Martin achieved his third double of the day and scored after a two-out single by Matt Shaw. Going 3-4 on the day, Martin ends the series with five hits and two runs batted in.

The Scarlet Knights’ bats finally slowed down in the seventh and eighth inning, however, Maryland’s hitters didn’t do much to combat this dry spell, scoring zero as well. Johnson was the bright spot for the Terps through these two innings, striking out four and not allowing a single hit.

As if 12 runs was not enough, Rutgers scored two more in the top of the ninth to increase their lead to ten. Maryland still had some fight left in them, with a three-run shot by Zeisloft to bring them within seven. Lorusso kept his hitting streak alive as well, scoring Shliger on a single through the left side. The ninth inning magic eventually ended, posting a final score of 14-8 in Rutgers favor.

This loss puts the Terps at a 19-12 overall record with a 4-2 record in Big 10 play. Their next game will be Tuesday, April 11th at 6 p.m. versus Georgetown.