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Maryland baseball: Terps hose Hoosiers 4-2, advance to championship game

Ryan Selmer had a strong start, and Kevin Mooney notched his third save of the tournament. Indiana imploded with three errors in the seventh, allowing the Terps to build a four-run lead.

Ryan Selmer
Ryan Selmer
Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

Today's pitchers were LHP Caleb Baragar (1-4, 3.67 era) vs Maryland's Ryan Selmer (3-0, 1.60 era). Last week Selmer made his first start for Maryland and turned in a good performance against Northwestern.

If Maryland wins this game, then they advance to the tournament championship game tomorrow. If not, then they'll face Indiana in a rematch later today.

After playing two games that went past midnight, this game began at 9:00 a.m.

Both teams miss out on opportunities

Austin Cangelosi led off the Hoosier third by drilling a pitch to the wall for a lead-off double. He was bunted over to third. Casey Rodrigue lifted a fly to shallow center, and Cangelosi tried to tag up: Wade's throw was right on the mark and nailed Cangelosi.

In the next inning, Indiana yet again squandered an opportunity to score. Nick Ramos drew a leadoff walk. Brad Hartong followed with a single. Selmer got Scott Donley to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Logan Sowers was HBP, putting runners on the corners. However, Craig Dedelow popped out to end the threat.

The Terps' bats were quiet against Baragar, managing just three hits through the first four innings.

For the third straight inning, the Hoosiers got their leadoff batter aboard when Will Nolden singled. And just like the last two innings, Indiana came up empty. The Terps threatened in their half of the fifth. With one out, Kevin Biondic doubled in the right center field gap. LaMonte Wade walked. But Kevin Smith went down swinging and Brandon Lowe popped out.

Rodrigue drew a leadoff walk and then was sacrificed to second. Hartong struck out for the second out. Rob Galligan came in to face the left-handed hitting Donley. Selmer's final line: 5.2 ip, 4h, 0r, 2bb, 2so. Galligan got Donley to line out to Kengo Kawahara.

In the bottom of the sixth, Indiana brought in RHP Jake Kelzer. Kevin Martir greeted him with a single through the hole at short. But the Terps came up empty in that frame, so the game remained scoreless.

Comedy of errors help the Terps build a four-run lead

Nick Cieri struck out, but reached base when the ball eluded the catcher. Kawahara walked to put runners on first and second. Zach Jancarski came in to pinch run for Cieri. Bionic failed to sacrifice on two straight pitches. With an 0-2 count, Biondic laid down a nicely placed bunt, and the catcher threw past the first baseman. Jancarski scored, and Terps had runners on second and third. Indiana pulled their infield in. Wade hit a sharp grounder that the shortstop couldn't field, loading up the bases. Smith hit into a force out at second, scoring Kawahara. Lowe hit a pitch right back at Kelzer. He checked the runner, and then inexplicably threw to second to get the double play, rather than getting the sure out at first. Smith was safe, and Biondic scored to give the Terps a 3-0 lead. Martir singled to left, and the ball got by Logan Sowers.  After seven innings, the Terps led 4-0.

Alex Robinson came in to pitch in the eighth. Cangelosi walked, and pinch-hitter Chris Sujka blooped a double down the right field line. Kevin Mooney relieved Robinson.  Rodrigue hit a grounder to Lowe, bringing home the first Hoosier run. Ramos hit a grounder that Biondic couldn't pick, and the Maryland lead shrunk to two runs. Hartong hit into a force play at second for the second out. Donley kept the inning alive by flaring a single to left. Mooney struck out Sowers to end the inning, leaving Hoosier runners on first and third.

Maryland didn't score in their half of the eighth, so they were nursing a 42 lead heading to the ninth. Dedelow started things off by hitting a double, bringing the potential tying run to the plate. Nolan skied out to Wade and Cangelosi fanned. Mooney dropped in a nasty curve to fan Isiah Pasteur.

Robert Galliagn got the win to go to 3-4, Mooney got his eighth save, the third in this tournament. Maryland stands at 39-20, and will play either Michigan or Illinois tomorrow in the B1G tournament finals.