Maryland Baseball watches as Indiana escapes with a 15-4 loss


Maryland baseball was completely outplayed by Indiana in the first game of this weekend's series, as the Terps lost Friday night's contest 15-4.

Pitching continued to be a problem for the Terps. Starter Kenny Lippman gave up six earned runs as he struggled to find the zone and work up difficult counts. In six innings, Lippman walked three batters and struck out another two, while also giving up eight hits in his 106-pitch outing.

Maryland was able to control Indiana's top hitter, with Carter Mathison and Devin Taylor both going 0 of 6, but Hoosiers made gains elsewhere in the order.

“I would have paid anything for that,” Swope said of Mathison and Taylor’s silence.

It wasn't just Lippman who was struggling, however, as shortly after he left the game the wheels fell off for the Terps. Evan Smith allowed a run in the seventh inning, but Logan Ott was rocked in his third appearance of the season, allowing eight runs in his one inning of work. Duke McCarron, who replaced Ott for the ninth time, also gave up four runs.

Eddie Hacopian got Maryland on the field with a solo home run in the first inning off the left-field scoreboard, but Indiana tied it right back in the second when Joey Brenczewski hit an RBI infield single.

Indiana would secure a fourth in the third with RBI doubles from Nick Mitchell and Jake Stadler, a run-scoring single from Joey Brenczewski and a Lippman Wild pitch.

Maryland didn't go away right away, getting within one with a three-run fourth inning. However, the Hoosiers more than responded: Brenczewski hit another RBI double in the fifth inning and Stadler hit an RBI single in the seventh inning. Then the floodgates opened.

Three things you should know

1. Lippman was in trouble again. After struggling in his last few starts, Lippman was unable to regain his performance on Friday. He struggled through six innings, but his status as Maryland's starter Friday night is in jeopardy.

“I really didn’t think it was coming down in the bullpen. “Kenny just needs to get better,” Swope said. “Friday night, guy, we need to get a better start from him.”

2. Fireworks in College Park. There were fireworks on Maryland's campus at nearby McKeldin Mall during the seventh inning, but the Terps were unable to provide any of that on Friday night.

3. Indiana continued to add. The Terps got within one point in the fourth inning, but Indiana scored the next 10 runs. It was a brutal performance from Maryland's bullpen.