Maryland baseball bounces back after Ole Miss weekend, set for rematch

Maryland baseball dropped last weekend’s series against the fourth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels, falling two games to one, before bouncing back with an 8-3 home win over the Delaware Blue Hens.

To say there were a lot of runs scored in the weekend series, though, would be an understatement. In all three games, the winning team scored at least nine runs. And the losing team averaged just over five runs a game themselves. The only time a team scored less then six runs was when the Terps held the Rebels to just two runs in their Friday game. In the Friday game, Jason Savacool pitched seven innings only giving up five hits and the two runs. Kenny Lippman closed the game out only allowing one more hit. To lead the way for the Terps offensively that game was Ian Perutz who went 3-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Luke Shliger, Kevin Keister, and Bobby Zmarzlak all tallied at least one RBI as well. The Terps tallied 13 hits total and drew five walks that night.

In game two of the series, The Rebels came back and got the better of the Terps. The Rebels showed why they are the defending national champs and are a team that can repeat in the 12-6 win over the Terps. the Rebels finished with 14 hits to the Terps five. The Terps had to use five pitchers in the game but none of them were ever really able to find a groove and shut them Rebels down. Offensively for the Terps, Petrutz led the way once again going 1-2 with a home run, an RBI, and a walk. As a whole, the Terps were able to draw 11 walks as well but just were never able to bring those guys in to score.

In the rubber match game, the Rebels proved once again why they are not a team to mess with. The Rebels hammered the Terps pitchers and scored 18 runs in just seven innings. The game ended early due to a Mercy rule where the Rebels were up ten after seven innings. Once again, the Terps had to use a plethora of pitchers but none of them were able to shut down the Rebels offense. The Terps gave up 14 hits and 8 walks in the game and the Rebels took advantage of all the base runners. The Terps finished the game with 10 hits and six walks in the comeback effort but were just never able to catch up to the Rebels. Nick Lorusso led the day offensively for the Terps going 2-4 with two home runs, four RBIs, and a walk. The Terps showed how powerful they can be offensively against a very good pitching staff such as the Rebels. However, they showed they have lots of room for improvement on the pitching side.

In their weeknight game against the Blue Hens, Maryland was able to bounce back in a five run win. Kyle McCoy would come away with the win for the Terps in a game where the Terps pitching staff had something to prove. Offensively for the Terps, Nick Lorusso once again led the Terps offensively once again with a 2-5 day with three RBIs. Shliger, Petrutz, and Elijah Lambros all drove in runs for the Terps as well. Shliger and Lambros added to the Terps home run total for the season that day as well with one a piece.

The Terps will be travelling to Minnesota for the Cambria College Classic where they will get another game against the Rebels on Friday, as well as a game against the #7 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Sunday. All three games will be streamed live on BTN+.

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