Maryland baseball’s season finale on Saturday was one to forget, as Indiana blew out the Terps 13-3, finishing the series sweep.
Coming into Saturday, Maryland needed Michigan State to lose in order to have a chance to make the Big Ten tournament, but the Spartans beat Ohio State earlier in the day, eliminating the Terps from postseason contention on the last day of the season. That deflated the team, and it showed early on Saturday as Mark DiLuia took the hill.
DiLuia allowed two of the first three batters he faced to reach base before Logan Sowers hit a three-run home run to put Indiana (37-15, 14-9 Big Ten) out in front, 3-0.
Maryland answered in the second. Will Watson and Justin Morris reached base via a walk and fielding error, then advanced into scoring position after a wild pitch. Taylor Wright followed with a two-run single, cutting Indiana’s lead to 3-2.
Indiana had an answer of its own in the bottom half. The first two runners in the inning reached base before Matt Lloyd grounded into a double play, allowing Wyatt Cross to advance to third. Cross scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat, extending Indiana’s lead to 4-2.
Maryland had another answer in the third as Randy Bednar led off the inning with a solo home run to center field to cut the lead back to one at 4-3. However, the Terps were retired in order after the home run.
The Hoosiers feasted on DiLuia, scoring a pair of runs in the third. Sowers led off the inning with a single, coming around to score on an RBI double from Luke Miller. Miller came around to score two batters later on an RBI single from Scotty Bradley, giving Indiana a 6-3 lead.
DiLuia was taken out after the third, giving up five earned runs and five hits along with two walks and two hit-by-pitches, his worst outing since North Carolina earlier in the season.
Sean Fisher replaced him in the fourth, where he worked a scoreless inning, but in the fifth, he quickly encountered trouble. Sowers hit his second home run of the game, solo home run to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Drew Ashley singled up the middle and scored on an RBI double from Bradley, his second RBI of the game, giving Indiana an 8-3 lead.
Elliot Zoellner came in for relief after Fisher’s rocky start to the fifth, but he also encountered trouble quickly. Jeremy Houston singled home Bradley and Cross doubled home Houston, extending Indiana’s lead to 10-3.
In the sixth, Indiana scored another pair of runs. Matt Gorski tripled to lead off the inning, scoring on a RBI single from Sowers, his fourth hit and fifth RBI of the game. Sowers scored three batters later on a pinch hit RBI double from Chris Lowe. In that time, Alec Tuohy came in relief for Zoellner. Ryan Hill relieved Tuohy two batters later, walking in a run, but stranding the bases loaded as Indiana took a 13-3 lead.
The Terps finished the season with a 24-30 record and a 9-13 record in the Big Ten, their worst overall and conference records since joining the conference. They will have nine months or so before they return to the field for the 2019 season.