Indiana clinches Big Ten series win against No. 23 Maryland in 13-2 rout
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Indiana clinched its weekend series at No. 23 Maryland with a 13-2 win on Saturday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium, improving to 25-19 overall (8-10 Big Ten) and 9-3 in games vs. ranked opponents.
The Hoosiers were in control with a 6-2 lead before blowing the game open with seven runs on seven hits in the eighth inning to take a commanding 13-2 advantage.
Junior Nick Ramos, who led off the frame with his IU single-game record-tying third double, finished the inning with an RBI single. Ramos led IU with a career-high four of the Hoosiers' 13 hits, while Casey Rodrigue drove in a team-best four runs. Nine of IU's 11 RBIs came from the Hoosiers' top four batters.
Every time the Terrapins threatened, the Hoosiers had an answer, both on the mound and offensively.
After Maryland scored its first run in the fourth inning, starting LHP Kyle Hart, who earned the win, struck out consecutive batters to retire the stanza with a man on second.
Righthander Austin Foote delivered Maryland a similar fate in the bottom of the sixth with runners on second and third.
Both times Maryland scored, IU responded in its next offensive series, with two runs in the top of the fifth and the seven-run explosion in the top of the eighth.
Maryland native Isaiah Pasteur smashed a solo home run, his fifth of the season, in the fifth.
Momentum carried over from Friday night's series-opening win as the Hoosiers came out firing, posting four runs in the first two innings.
IU jumped out to a 2-0 lead on an RBI double from Ramos and an unassisted groundout RBI from Scott Donley.
Aided by a dropped pop fly to right, Indiana doubled its score in the second frame. The error placed runners on the corners before a Rodrigue RBI single scored IU's third run. As Rodrigue attempted to steal second, Pasteur advanced home to give IU the 4-0 lead.