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Maryland baseball's pitching woes continue with a 15-4 loss to Indiana

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Matt Swope didn't mince his words. Kenny Lippman needs to get better, Maryland baseball coach said.

“It’s that simple,” Swope said. “As a Friday night guy, we need to get off to a better start… we don’t really have any other option in this transition year.”

Lippman gave up six runs in as many innings against Indiana. It was the third time in the last four games that the right-hander gave up five or more runs.

The Terps' backup players didn't fare much better. That combination doomed Maryland to its fifth straight game on Friday with a 15-4 loss to Indiana. Swope's squad allowed nine or more runs

Lippman opened the season with a 2.93 ERA in four starts. Since then, that number has increased to 6.06 according to the four values. Swope attributed the pain to a confidence issue after the game.

The Hoosiers scored their first run in the second inning after a scoreless opening frame and scored four more runs in the next inning. Lippman struggled with his control as he threw three wild pitches and walked a batter.

[Maryland baseball aims to learn from first Big Ten series loss since 2021]

Indiana hit two doubles in the frame while Brenczewski added his second of three RBI singles and scored his first of two runs.

Lippman limited the Hoosiers to one run in the next three innings and the Terps trailed by two runs when he left the game.

Although Lippman gave up five runs in the first three innings, he threw deeper than usual because the pitching crew was shorthanded. The Terps used six hurlers in a 13-12 win over UMBC on Wednesday, and injuries to Trystan Sarcone and Garrett French made the options even thinner.

Evan Smith relieved Lippman in the seventh inning and allowed one run in his fifth appearance of the year.

Logan Ott and Duke McCarron took the mound in the eighth and ninth and each allowed four runs. It was Ott's third game of the year and McCarron's fifth.

[Maryland baseball falls to Michigan, 9-4, drops first Big Ten series in nearly three years]

“I told those younger guys that a lot of guys are going to be in and out of the lineup now,” Swope said. “We’re going to continue to throw out the younger people.”

Maryland's offense did not provide much support to its pitchers as they continued to suffer from cold spells throughout the game.

The Terps went hitless in five innings and only recorded multiple hits in two innings. While the cold stretches continued for the Terps, the Hoosiers soldiered on.

Eddie Hacopian launched a 369-foot home run that bounced off the scoreboard in left-center field, opening Maryland's scoring. The Terps scored three runs in the fourth inning but couldn't add anything else.

“We just have to get better,” Swope said.

Maryland suffered its first conference series loss in nearly three years last weekend, ending a 23-game losing streak with a losing weekend at Michigan. Now the Terps are facing another attack.