Despite two lightning delays, Maryland gets series sweep over Indiana

It took longer than expected, but Maryland got the 14-8 win over Indiana to sweep the series on Sunday in Bloomington. The Terps scored 47 runs on the weekend and extended their double-digit run-scoring streak to five games.

Unlike the last two games, Maryland failed to get off to a fast start in the first, going down 1-2-3 on seven pitches. Jason Savacool also held the Hoosiers scoreless in the first.

The Terps then came out firing in the second and make it a 2-0 game after a Matt Woods double and Jacob Orr sacrifice bunt. Maryland tacked on two more in the third on Ian Petrutz and Eddie Hacopian RBI singles, making it a 4-0 game.

The Hoosiers refused to go down quietly today, as Savacool gave up a Devin Taylor three-run homer in the third.

Indiana pitcher Craig Yoho came into the game in the fourth, but he couldn’t stop the Terps from scoring yet again to make it 5-3.

Savacool rebounded later in the inning with a 1-2-3 inning that included two strikeouts. Elijah Lambros also hit a solo shot to make it a 6-3 game.

But Indiana refused to go down quietly as a Bobby Whalen sac fly made it a two-run game. With two outs in the inning, Taylor came to the plate, and the freshman phenom hit his second home run to tie the game at six. The Hoosiers didn’t stop there as a Carter Mathison RBI double gave them a one-run lead.

Maryland, facing perhaps its first adverse stretch this weekend, refused to give up as a Matt Shaw solo home run tied the game up.

However before the bottom of the sixth inning could be played, the game went into a nearly 45-minute lightning delay, which ended Savacool’s day, prompting Kenny Lippman came out to pitch. Savacool had an uncharacteristically rough day, as the ace allowed seven runs and seven hits in five innings.

Lippman came out strong in the sixth with three strikeouts in the inning, and Maryland managed to get men on second and third with one out in the top of the seventh, however, there would be yet another lightning delay of around 45 minutes.

Even the second delay didn’t deter Maryland’s scoring attack, as a Luke Shliger two-run single gave his team a 9-7 lead.

David Falco Jr. came in to pitch in the seventh, and he wouldn’t disappoint, striking out Taylor to begin a scoreless inning. Falco pitched a dominant three innings for the Terps, allowing one run and two hits on the day.

The Terps once again flexed their top-tier offense in the eighth, with Jacob Orr and Lambros’ RBI singles giving them an 11-7 lead.

Falco allowed a run in the eighth to give the Terps a three-run lead heading into the final inning of play.

The Terps offense scored for the eighth straight inning in the ninth, as a bunt single from Woods made it 12-8, and a two-run homer from Lambros made it a 14-8.

Lambros had himself a day, going 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBI on the day.

Falco pitched a smooth ninth inning for the Terps, and quickly closed out the game.

Maryland moves to 30-15 with the victory, sweeping Indiana at their home stadium for the first time in over a decade. The Terps also extended their conference lead.

Mount St. Mary’s comes to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on Tuesday for a midweek game against the Terps at 6:30 p.m. ET.