Infielder Nick Lorusso celebrates his 3-RBI double in the 2nd inning (Courtesy Maryland Athletics).

Maryland baseball opens the College Park Regional with 23-2 rout of Long Island

In the bottom of the second inning, the Terps’ offense jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and with the bases loaded and no one out, Nick Lorusso looked to break the game open early.

Lorusso saw a high fastball, and he didn’t miss it. The Villanova-transfer ripped a liner that found an enormous gap in left center. All three base runners scored standing up, as Lorusso jogged into second with a big-time knock.

Lorusso’s double was just one of many big hits from a powerful Maryland offense. In a three inning span, the Terps’ strung together 19 runs, allowing them to cruise more than comfortably for the rest of the game.

An early offensive explosion was all Maryland baseball needed in its College Park Regional opener, as the Terps destroyed Long Island, 23-2.

Ryan Ramsey opened the game with two strikeouts in the top half of the first. Luke Shliger led off the bottom half with a walk, but Joshua Loeschorn retired the next three batters, including a swinging strikeout of Matt Shaw to end the inning.

In the top of the second, Ramsey surrendered a lead-off single. However, Ramsey got some support from his second baseman, when Kevin Keister turned an unassisted double play. Ramsey then struck out Colin Adams on three pitches to end the inning.

The Terps broke through in the second.

After Troy Schreffler Jr. led off with a single, Maxwell Costes was hit by Loeschorn’s pitch, providing a big spot for Bobby Zmarzlak. 

Zmarzlak’s attempted sacrifice bunt gave the Terps the lead when third baseman Christopher Wasson’s throw to first was off the mark, allowing Schreffler Jr. to score. Ian Petrutz then induced another error, which allowed Costes to score.

After Shliger added an RBI sac-fly, Nick Lorusso ripped a bases-clearing double into the gap in left center, pushing the Terps ahead, 6-0. The very next batter was Matt Shaw, who lined a missile over the left field wall for a two-run homer.

Before the second even concluded, Loeshorn was pulled in favor of Chris Buehler. Maryland added one more before the inning’s conclusion, giving Ramsey a 9-0 lead to work with.

Lorusso notched his fourth RBI of the game in the third, and the Terps’ bats added another three runs, making it a 12-run lead.

Ramsey continued to cruise through the Sharks’ lineup, striking out the side in two-straight innings. Ramsey ended the fourth inning with nine strikeouts.

The Terps’ offense couldn’t cool down, posting a seven-run inning in the fourth. After four, Maryland held a monstrous 19-0 lead.

Ramsey reached double digits for his strikeout total by striking out two in the fifth. The star-lefty’s day was done after five. He recorded 11 strikeouts, only giving up four base knocks.

Petrutz continued to add to the scoreboard when he launched a no-doubt solo shot into the night sky, which also was his fifth RBI of the night. After six innings, Maryland had eclipsed 20 runs.

Logan Ott came on in relief of Ramsey and posted a scoreless inning. In the top of the seventh, Ott surrendered the first run of the evening, giving up a solo blast to Connor Price.

Maryland responded with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

Ott came out for a fourth and final inning of work. Ott surrendered a run with two outs, but he ended up shutting the door on the Sharks’ final batter.

Maryland will play UConn Saturday night, who beat Wake Forest in the early game.