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Maryland baseball finishes season with loss to Indiana

Maryland baseball (24-30, 9-14) closed out its 2018 season with a 13-3 loss to Indiana (37-15, 14-9), securing the series sweep for the Hoosiers.

Indiana came out strong, leading 10-3 with 10 hits after the fifth inning. Logan Sowers hit a three-run home run in the first inning, giving the Hoosiers the lead early. He also led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run, an inning that was productive for Indiana, with the team scoring four runs on five hits.

Then, after putting up two runs to start the sixth inning, the Hoosiers loaded the bases on a single, a double and a hit-by-pitch. Only one runs scored from those bases, however, off a walk to Logan Kaletha, with Indiana stranding the three runners to end the inning.

At first, the Terps responded to the Hoosiers’ offensive production. Maryland put up two runs in the second and one run in the third, with a leadoff solo home run from Randy Bednar. But, the Terps remained quiet after Bednar’s shot. A.J. Lee reached first on a dropped third strike in the fifth and a single in the eighth, Taylor Wright singled in the seventh and Kevin Biondic walking in the eighth, but all were stranded on-base.

Six pitchers took the mound for Maryland on Saturday. Freshman starter Mark DiLuia struggled early, lasting only three innings and giving up six runs. Fellow freshman Sean Fisher took over for the fourth, recording the only 1-2-3 inning for Terps pitchers. After Fisher, Elliot Zoellner, Alec Tuohy, Ryan Hill finished out the middle-late innings with senior Kevin Biondic taking over for the bottom of the eighth. Hill and Biondic combined to keep the Hoosiers scoreless in the seventh and eighth.

Heading into Saturday’s game, the Terps knew the last regular-season game would be their last game of the year. Going into the weekend, Maryland needed to stay tied with Michigan State, which played Ohio State, in conference records. But, while the Terps lost the first two of the series, the Spartans went 1-1, and an 8-3 win over the Buckeyes rounded out the three-game series, sealing Maryland’s first year not making a conference tournament since 2013.

Now, the Terps will head to the summer leagues, the draft and beyond.