Kevin Smith hits a triple in the bottom of the second inning against Michigan, his seventh extra base hit of the season (Photo by Paige Leckie / The Left Bench)

Terps rebound to down Indiana 9-2 in second doubleheader match

After Indiana hit two home runs to down Maryland in a 9-2 game one win, the Terrapins flipped the script.

Three Terps homered and pitcher Tyler Blohm survived a bases loaded scare as Maryland won the doubleheader’s second game 9-2 in Bloomington on Saturday.

A weather postponement victimized the Terrapins in game one, as Maryland had to take the ball from top starter Brian Shaffer after two innings on Friday and turn it over to the bullpen once the contest resumed on Saturday. With clear skies permitting its starter to pitch deep into game two of the doubleheader, a pair of Maryland arms combined to stifle Indiana.

Blohm threw 6.1 innings, allowing two runs and striking out five, to pick up his eighth win of the season. Closer Ryan Selmer entered in the seventh to protect a four-run lead and remained the rest of the way, despite the Terps adding three more to their advantage.

The Hoosiers held the Terps without much offense in the first chapter of the doubleheader, as Maryland managed just six hits. The team got off on a better foot in the second game, scoring in the first before right fielder Marty Costes blasted a two-run shot well beyond the left field to put Maryland up 3-0 in the third inning.

Rebounding quickly, Indiana instantly chipped away at the lead. First baseman Matt Gorski homered leading off Indiana’s half of the third.

Blohm struck out shortstop Jeremy Houston, but catcher Danny Maynard couldn’t handle the pitch and Houston reached first base. Houston eventually scored on an RBI single by designated hitter Matt Lloyd, making it 3-2.

The Terps went down in order in the fourth, but the Hoosiers continued to make Blohm work. Blohm retired the first two hitters of the fourth and had two strikes on Gorski before the first baseman checked his swing in defense and dumped a single into left field.

The freshman left-hander lost control and walked the eighth and ninth hitters in the order on five pitches each. The bases suddenly loaded, Blohm managed to force a groundout with second baseman Nick Dunn’s throw just beating left fielder Alex Krupa to the bag.

With its lead threatened in two consecutive innings, Maryland gave itself some breathing room as third baseman AJ Lee started the fifth with a solo bomb to left. Center fielder Zach Jancarski later scored in the frame as the Hoosiers turned a double play.

Jancarski crossed the plate again in the seventh while concluding his home run trot. His solo long ball made it 6-2.

Indiana threatened one final time with the game in reach, putting two runners on in its half of the seventh and forcing Maryland to call to the bullpen. Blohm’s day finished, coach John Szefc turned to his closer Ryan Selmer. The redshirt junior right-hander induced groundouts from the first two batters he faced to deny Indiana.

Maryland padded its lead with a three-run eighth inning, guided by a two-RBI single from Maynard and a sacrifice fly from shortstop Kevin Smith.

Selmer stayed on the mound anyway. He retired the side on seven pitches and tossed another spotless inning in the ninth to put the finishing touches on a Terps victory.

Maryland sends Taylor Bloom to the mound tomorrow to square up against Pauly Milto in a rubber game matchup of righties. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Connor Mount

Connor Mount

Senior Staff Writer at The Left Bench
Connor Mount is an analytics enthusiast, which is polite for "sports nerd." Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, Class of 2017.
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Connor Mount is an analytics enthusiast, which is polite for "sports nerd." Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, Class of 2017.