Opposing teams struggle to knock Maryland’s Brian Shaffer out of his starts. Friday night’s lightning took care of that for Indiana, and the Hoosiers capitalized when play resumed a day later.
Indiana pounced on the Maryland bullpen as play resumed in the third inning Saturday, as the Hoosiers slugged their way to a 9-2 win in Bloomington.
Long home runs by second baseman Tony Butler and third baseman Luke Miller gave Indiana plenty of breathing room, having already pushed across three runs in the first half inning following the resumption of play.
Shaffer averaged more than seven innings per start entering Friday. The storm postponed a 0-0 contest after Shaffer threw two innings. Neither he nor Hoosiers right-hander Jonathan Stiever retook the hill when the game resumed in the bottom of the third.
Instead, Ryan Hill claimed the mound for the Terrapins. He let the first three Hoosiers reach on a walk, a hit by pitch and a bunt single.
Buckling down, Hill picked up a much-needed strikeout for the first out and forced a foul pop out by the next hitter. On a 2-2 pitch, Hill aimed for the outside corner against left fielder Craig Dedelow looking to exit the inning unscathed.
The offering flirted with the black but was ruled a ball. Hill pegged Dedelow on the next pitch, giving Indiana its first run.
Losing control, Hill walked the next pair of batters to bring home two more Hoosiers before ending the frame with a strikeout. Indiana sent its entire batting order to the plate in the third.
Reliever Hunter Parsons took over in the fourth but had no better luck retiring the top home-run-hitting lineup in the Big Ten. Butler belted a two-run homer off the righty and consecutive doubles by Miller and Dedelow tacked on another run.
Three more Hoosiers crossed the plate against Parsons in the sixth on Miller’s tape-measure home run. Pitching for the first time since April 12, Parsons gave up six earned runs in three innings.
While Maryland’s relievers struggled, Indiana only needed to use Cal Krueger to cover all six innings Saturday. Krueger gave up just two runs on five hits while striking out five en route to earning the win.
The Terps’ lone runs came on an RBI triple by shortstop Kevin Smith followed by a run-scoring groundout by catcher Nick Cieri.
Maryland gets a chance for redemption forty minutes after the end of game one, when the second match of the doubleheader begins.
Maryland freshman lefty Tyler Blohm opposes junior righty Brian Hobbie.