Maryland baseball rides hot offense through eight-game win streak

Maryland baseball has been hitting the ball all over the place over the last couple of games, leading to an eight-game win streak, moving to 23rd in the top 25.

After winning the last two games of the series over Purdue, the Terps had two road midweek games against UMBC and Georgetown. The Terps outscored both opponents by a total of 40-14 with both games ending by mercy rule in the seventh inning. In the second inning, the Terps scored 17 runs against UMBC leading to their win. The Terps hit four home runs in the game with two from Kevin Keister, and one from Devin Russell and Luke Shliger. Keister led the Terps in the game with five RBIs. Against Georgetown, the Terps rode a six-run third inning to a win never trailing in the game. Against the Hoyas, the Terps hit seven total home runs. Keister once again hit two himself while Shliger, Matt Shaw, Matt Woods, Elijah Lambros and Jacob Orr all hit one. Keister had five RBIs for the second game in a row leading the team on the day. The Terps pitching staff was able to hold the Hoyas to just three runs on the day. Ryan Van Buren, Tommy Kane, and Andrew Johnson totaled eight strikeouts on the day for the Terps giving up just three walks.

For their weekend series, the Terps would head to Bloomington to take on the 25th-ranked Hoosiers. To say the Terps dominated the Hoosiers would be an understatement. The Terps swept the Hoosiers outscoring them 43-12 in the three games. Nick Dean, Kyle McCoy, and Kenny Lippman were the three pitchers that earned the wins in the series. Dean went seven innings striking out ten batters and only giving up two runs on five hits. McCoy went seven innings as well only giving up one run on five hits. Jason Savacool got the start for the Terps in the third game but only pitched five innings after giving up seven runs. The Terps would take the lead with Lippman in who pitched one inning striking out three batters after giving up a walk. The Terps hit nine total home runs on the weekend. Shaw led the team on the weekend with three of his own. Lambros hit two of his own while Ian Petrutz, Nick Lorusso, Shliger, and Woods all had one of their own. In game one, Shaw led the team with three RBIs. In game two, Woods led the team with four RBIs. Lambros led the team with three RBIs in game three.

The Terps had a midweek game against the Delaware Blue Hens to try and keep their hot bats alive, and they indeed did just that. The Terps beat the Blue Hens 19-7 after scoring seven in the first inning. Lorusso and Petrutz both hit home runs on the day. Petrutz and Orr both led the team with four RBIs in the massive offensive effort. Van Buren would be the one coming away with the win after pitching five innings, giving up just two runs on five hits, although the Terps bullpen had a rough time giving up five runs in four innings but was still able to give the Terps the twelve-run win.

The Terps will be taking on Nebraska for their weekend series at home this weekend. Nebraska is 24-17 overall on the season, while being 9-6 in conference. The Cornhuskers are coming off a midweek loss to North Dakota State after beating Minnesota two games to one in the series before. The Terps will look to continue their eight-game winning streak and earn their second straight conference series sweep. The Terps have a 1.5 game lead over Michigan State in the conference standings and will be looking to build on that lead. All three games will air on Big Ten Plus with game one on Friday at 6:30 PM, game two on Saturday at 2 PM, and game three on Sunday at 1 PM.

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