Friday, senior Taylor Bloom took the mound against the Indiana Hoosiers (36-15, 13-9) in what would be his last regular season start as a Terp. Fittingly, like many of Bloom’s starts this season, the starter put up a solid performance on the mound, but a lack of run support resulted in a 5-1 loss for Maryland (24-29, 9-13).
Bloom, who reached 300 career innings in the fourth inning of today’s contest, finished the day allowing five runs in eight innings. Though the right-hander found ways to limit the Indiana offense to only seven hits, the Hoosiers used some timely hitting to push some runs across.
Matt Gorski and Logan Sowers both provided two RBI’s, Gorski on an RBI groundout in the first and a solo homerun in the eighth and Sowers with a two-run single in the sixth. Luke Miller also launched a homer in the eighth, his second of the series.
For the Terps, an RBI double from Will Watson in the sixth was the only offense the lineup could muster. Maryland recorded nine hits on the afternoon, but left 10 runners on base.
The Terps struggles with runners on base was partially caused by the dominance of the Hoosiers’ pitching staff. Starter Pauly Milto was dominant in his six innings of work, allowing just one run, and a combination of Andrew Saalfrank and B.J. Sabol shut down Maryland through the final three innings.
With the loss, the Terps are no longer in full control of their postseason chances. The team entered Friday in the eighth and final spot for the Big Ten Tournament, but will now have to scoreboard watch Michigan State’s game against Ohio State at 4 p.m. A Spartans’ win will put them into the eighth spot, meaning Maryland will need a win and an MSU lost on Saturday.
An Ohio State win tonight could make tomorrow’s contest against Indiana at 2:05 p.m. a win-and-in for the Terps’.