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Maryland baseball: No. 14 Terps shoot down Gophers 8-3, sweep series

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Once again the Terps found themselves down early. But is par for the course, Maryland battled back, grabbing the lead on a three-run fifth. Brandon Lowe had three hits, including a home run, and Maryland relievers threw five scoreless innings.

Today's pitching match-up featured Maryland's Bobby Ruse (4-0, 3.50 era) going against Minnesota's RHP Tim Shannon (1-1, 3.86 era).

Trouble again early for Maryland

The Gophers struck quickly in today's game. Dan Motl led off with a single, and then Jordan Smith crushed a home run to make it 2-0 just like that. There were two outs in the Minnesota third when Matt Fiedler hit a fly along the right filed line that Lowe reached, but couldn't quite corral it in. Toby Hanson lined a single to left that brought home Fiedler: Minnesota led 3-0.

Terps draw even

The Terps scratched out a run in their half of the third inning. Kevin Biondic led off with a walk. He went to second on an errant pick-off throw, and then moved to third on a fly out. Biondic came home on a shallow single off Brandon Lowe's bat.

With one out in the next inning, Nick Cieri walked and Tim Lewis was HBP. Anthony Papio lined a single to right that puled the Terps within a run. Lewis came home with a tying run on a ground out by Biondic.

Tayler Stiles took the mound in the top of the fifth.

Terps grab the lead and don't look back

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Kevin Smith and Kevin Martir had back-to-back doubles to put the Terps on top. Jose Cuas followed with an RBI single. Cieri singled, and Lewis had an RBI sacrifice fly.

Maryland added a run in the sixth on a two-out home run by Brandon Lowe, his fourth of the year. Meanwhile Stiles was cruising, allowing only one hit in three scoreless innings. Stiles' line: 3ip, 1h, 0r, 0bb, 4so.

The Terps clawed out a run in the seventh inning. A walk, stolen base, and an error put Martir on third base. An excuse-me grounder by Lewis brought Martir home. The Terps led 8-3.

Robert Galligan pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Brian Shaffer was on the mound in the ninth, allowing a lead-off single, and then striking out the side.

Stiles got the victory to even his record at 2-2. With the Terps' 10th straight win, their record moves to 17-4 overall, 3-0 in the B1G.