Coming into Sunday’s contest, Trevor LaBonte had allowed only eight runs in 27 innings. However, that was before the freshman had a taste of the stellar Indiana offense. The Hoosiers scored nine runs in just 2.1 innings against LaBonte en route to their 19-4 victory over Maryland.
One day after scoring a season-high 20 runs, the Hoosiers (17-10) were back at it, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings. Maryland (13-13) got a leadoff homer from A.J. Lee but couldn’t get much else going offensively.
Pitching was collectively an issue for Maryland. After LaBonte, Elliot Zoellner gave up one run in 1.2 innings, but then Nick Turnbull allowed four runs (only one earned) in 0.2 innings. Andrew Vail did the best job of all the relievers, not allowing any runs in his 1.1 innings.
“That is a scary lineup. Anybody in that lineup can leave the yard at any given time. I thought it just got us on our heels a little bit,” Terrapins head coach Rob Vaughn said. “We got a little tentative. We didn’t quite believe that what we had on the mound could compete with them.”
Homeruns are a strength for the Hoosiers. After hitting nine yesterday, they hit four Sunday. Scotty Bradley’s three-run shot in the fifth inning was the teams 51st of the season. They lead the country in homeruns.
Bradley finished 4-5 with three RBI’s but the star at the plate for the Hoosiers was Matt Lloyd who hit two home runs and had 7 RBI’s. He hit two home runs as well on Saturday.
“Every time I look at their roster and he’s still on it, I’m wondering when the heck is he going to graduate,” Vaughn said about Lloyd. “He’s very good, he’s got great feel and not to mention he can hop on the mound and give you 92-93 (MPH)”.
Randy Bednar was a bright spot for the Terps at the plate. He was 2-4 and scored two of the Terps three runs. It was the sophomore’s eighth multi-hit game of the season.
In only his third career plate appearance, freshman Josh Maguire hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the ninth. It was Maguire’s first career hit.
After six straight home games, Maryland will be on the road this week. First heading to Williamsburg for a midweek game with William & Mary then to Illinois for a three game series with the Fighting Illini.
“Biggest thing for us is that we’re going to have to just put it behind us, get back to work tomorrow and come out Tuesday as a team and compete really hard,” said senior A.J Lee.