IU Baseball pounds Maryland 13-2

Indiana erupted for seven runs in the top of the eighth inning Saturday afternoon and broke the game open, beating No. 20 Maryland 13-2 in College Park, Md. The Hoosiers have now won the first two games of the series and will go for the sweep on Sunday.

Indiana not only took Game 2 of its weekend series with Maryland Saturday afternoon, it did so with an exclamation point.

The Hoosiers struck for seven runs in the top of the eighth and drilled theNo. 20 Terrapins, 13-2 in Big Ten Conference action in College Park, Md.

IU finished with 13 runs on 14 hits. Maryland had two runs on six hits.

IU (25-19, 8-10 Big Ten) came into the weekend on a four-game losing streak and in ninth place in the conference standings. That was especially big because only the top eight teams in the B1G qualify for the postseason Big Ten Tournament. That will be played May 20-24 in Minneapolis.

At 8-10 in conference now, the Hoosiers are in a little better situation. They have moved into at least eighth in the standings ahead of Minnesota which is 7-11 in conference play. The Golden Gophers played a non-conference series this weekend.

Nick Ramos had four hits on Saturday including three doubles. Casey Rodrigue had four RBI including a bases clearing double for three RBI in the top of the eighth.

Isaiah Pasteur hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth. He played his high school baseball in the state of Maryland and had many friends and family in attendance Saturday.

Kyle Hart pitched five innings to pick up the win for IU. He is now 2-0 this season. It was only his fifth appearance of the year and his third start. He allowed one run and three hits in his most effective outing of the season.

Austin Foote, Christian Morris and Thomas Belcher all pitched for the Hoosiers the rest of the way giving the trio of Luke Harrison, Scott Effross and Ryan Halstead a much-needed day off.

Maryland dropped to 32-15 overall and 11-6 in conference play.

The series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. ET in a game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

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