COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ian Petrutz went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs, Nick Lorusso and Troy Schreffler drove in four apiece and No. 15 overall seed Maryland steamrolled Long Island, 23-2, in the College Park Regional on Friday.
Maryland (46-12) advances to play Connecticut on Saturday. LIU (37-20) will play an elimination game against Wake Forest at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Terrapins got all the runs they would need with nine runs in the bottom of the second. Lorusso had a three-run double, Matt Shaw capped the rally with a two-run homer and two errors by the Sharks led to eight unearned runs in the nine-run inning.
Maryland stretched the lead to 12-0 in the third on Lorusso's RBI double and a two-run double by Schreffler. Luke Shliger's two-run homer ignited a seven-run fourth that was capped by Petrutz's two-run double. Petrutz hit a solo shot in the sixth.
Long Island's runs came on a solo homer by Connor Price in the seventh and a run-scoring double in the ninth by EJ Exposito.
Ryan Ramsey (11-1) struck out 11 in five shutout innings to get the win. He allowed four hits and two walks.
Joshua Loeschorn (11-3) took the loss for the Sharks, yielding nine runs — one earned — five hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings.
"He's a guy who has been big for us all year — one of the best pitchers in our conference and even the Northeast," Sharks coach Dan Pirillo said of Loeschorn. "He just didn't have his stuff today. That's a guy I'd go to battle with every day, as much as he's done for this program and us this year."