A combination of bad pitching and slow offense put the Terps in an early hole that they could not get out of as Maryland loses to Northeastern, 9-2.
Northeastern did not wait to get on the board. Leadoff man Mike Sirota started it with a base hit to right followed by a two-run homer for Tyler MacGregor. Maryland pitcher Kenny Lippman locked in from there, striking out the next two batters and getting a flyout to end the inning.
Lippman struck out the side in the second but made another mistake in the third after allowing another two-run home run. This blast was courtesy of Sirota and extended the Northeastern lead to 4-0.
After allowing the homer, Lippman got himself in another jam after walking the next two batters with no outs. He was able to lock in again and collected two more strikeouts to keep the Northeastern lead at four. This would be the end of the day for the right-handed pitcher.
The Huskies continued to add to their lead after a sacrifice fly in the fourth, putting the Terps in a 5-0 hole.
The Maryland offense was ice-cold to start the game. After three innings they had just one hit and one walk. Northeastern pitcher Luke Gigliotti was impressive through the first three but was surprisingly taken out in the fourth. This decision would immediately be in question after Matt Shaw hit a double and was brought home by an Ian Petrutz single, making it 5-1.
The momentum was immediately killed in the top of the fifth when MacGregor hit his second home run of the day. The game started to get ugly from there. The Huskies made it an 8-1 ballgame after a run scored on an error from Nick Lorusso and another on a wild pitch.
Maryland tried to build some more momentum in the fifth when a Luke Shliger RBI single cut the lead to six. However, neither offense did too much after this with a scoreless sixth, seventh, and eighth.
MacGregor added more insurance to lead off the ninth when he hit his third home run of the game. This was his 15th long ball of the season and would be the nail in the coffin.
The loss drops the Terps to 33-17 with only two more series left in the regular season. They will continue their homestand this weekend with a matchup against the struggling Minnesota Golden Gophers.