RICHMOND, Va. – Second baseman Brandon Lowe drove in a career-high five runs helping to lead Maryland to a 12-1 victory over VCU Tuesday night at The Diamond.
The Terps (29-19) broke the game open with a seven-run sixth inning that saw every Terrapin hitter come to the plate. For Lowe, his five RBI day is the most for a Terrapin since LaMonte Wade drove in five at Towson on April 24 of last season.
Since moving to third spot in the batting order against Notre Dame, Lowe is 7-for-11 (.636) with three doubles, six RBI and four runs scored. Lowe’s two-hit performance against the Rams (32-13) raised his batting average to .357 and he now has 31 RBI, the second-highest total on the team.
Wade joined Lowe in the offensive onslaught. The sophomore first baseman finished with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, while Nick Cieri had two hits, two runs scored and a RBI.
On the mound, five Terrapin pitchers combined to hold the Rams to three hits and did not surrender a hit after the fourth inning. Bobby Ruse entered in the third in relief of starter Zach Morris. Ruse pitched 3-1/3 innings of scoreless baseball surrendering only one hit while striking out two to earn his fifth win of the season.
The Terps struck for three in the top of the third and seized control of the contest with Wade delivering the big knock of the inning. Cieri got the frame started tallying the Terps’ first hit of the game with a single up the middle. After a sacrifice bunt and a hit-by-pitch that put Charlie White at first, Wade drove a 3-2 pitch to the wall in right to score Cieri from second.
With White and Wade in scoring position, Lowe singled up the middle to plate his 27th and 28th RBI of the season. The two-RBI single from Lowe gave the Terps a 3-0 lead.
A throwing error led to an unearned run on a sacrifice fly for VCU in the bottom of the inning, but the Terps answered with two in the top of the fourth to stretch the lead to four. After retiring Anthony Papio to start, VCU reliever Logan Kanuik walked the next three Terrapin batters to load the bases.
With the bases full of Terps, Wade worked a walk to force home a run and record his second RBI of the game. Lowe then followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score Martir.
Maryland put the game out of reach with a seven-run sixth in an inning in which the Terrapins turned the lineup over. Lowe picked up two RBI in the frame, while Tim Lewis, Papio, Cieri and Martir all added one. In total, the Terps banged out five hits in the inning, all singles.
Maryland returns to action Wednesday when it takes on Towson for the inaugural Ripken Cup. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.