It was bases loaded for Kyle McCoy, who had a 3 run lead in the bottom of the fifth as the freshman pitcher was facing his biggest challenge of the day as Indiana freshman phenom Dean Taylor stepped up to the plate. McCoy and the Maryland would again step up, as Taylor would ground out in three pitches.
The Terps used this momentum to get the win, obtaining their 20th straight Big Ten series win, and sole possession of first place in the conference.
“Just a relentless approach hit some homers, we competed with two strikes. We executed just a complete effort all around for by far the two best games of the year,” said Coach Rob Vaughn when describing Friday and today’s performances
The Terps wasted no time getting on the board, as Matt Shaw’s RBI double made it a 1-0 game.
Kevin Keister’s RBI single in the second would make it a 2-0 game.
McCoy ran into trouble in the second, and he would allow a run on a Josh Pyne RBI single, but a beautiful Matt Shaw 6-3 double play ended the inning as the Terps maintained a 2-1 lead.
Though Maryland would be held scoreless in the third, Luke Shliger made it a 4-1 game in the fourth with a two run homer.
McCoy threw yet another 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, as he continued to completely smoother Indiana’s offense. Despite only having a single strikeout on the day, McCoy would throw seven innings of five hit, one run ball.
“Simply elite.” Is how Vaughn described Kyle McCoy’s performance. “There were two pretty big spots where it was McCoy versus freshman Devin Taylor, who’s a special special hitter, and going to be an elite player in this league. And [McCoy] stuffed them twice,” Vaughn said.
Maryland’s offense reignited itself in the sixth inning, as Matt Shaw brought his RBI total up to three with a two run shot, making it a 6-1 game.
Indiana freshman reliever Ethan Phillips would send the Terps down 1-2-3 in the seventh, but McCoy’ his’s fifth straight scoreless inning kept the Hoosiers at bay.
In the eighth, the Terps ramped up the offense, as a Luke Shliger run on a wild pitch, and Nick Lorusso RBI single made it a 8-1 game before there was even an out in the inning. Matt Woods cracked the game wide open with a grand slam that made it 12-1 game. A two run Kevin Keister double as well as a wild pitch that later brought Keister to the plate made it a 15-1 game as the Terps dropped a nine run inning on the Hoosiers.
Ryan Van Buren came in for McCoy in the bottom of eighth, and made quick work of the Hoosiers, who looked to have little fight back on the day.
Ian Petrutz added on another run in the ninth with a solo homer that made it a 16-1 game.
Andrew Johnson came in attempting to close the Hoosiers out in the ninth, but he started off his day allowing a solo homer to Carter Mathison to make it a 16-2 game. Logan Ott replaced Johnson and managed to close out the game.
Maryland is now the uncontested first place team in the Big Ten as they move to 29-15 on the year and go for the series sweep, as they attempt to win again tomorrow.
“Our future’s in our hands now,” Vaughn said. “Now we got to do our job, and win games. We control our own destiny, I think as a team that’s all you can ask for.”