WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nick Lorusso became the first Division I player since 2003 to reach 100 RBIs in a season, and No. 19 Maryland beat Northeastern 7-2 on Friday in the opener of the NCAA baseball tournament’s Winston-Salem Regional.
The Big Ten champion Terps (42-19) equaled their second-most victories in a season, tying the 2015 squad. Maryland will play in the winner’s bracket at 6 p.m. Saturday against No. 1 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons beat George Mason 12-0 Friday night.. Northeastern (44-15) faces elimination.
Lorusso went 3-for-4 with a homer, triple and single with two runs scored and two RBIs. His first-inning homer was his 24th of the season to tie Maryland’s school record. Lorusso also set the Maryland single-season record for total bases with 191.
Lorusso scored the go-ahead run after his triple, coming home on a sacrifice fly by Ian Petrutz in the fourth after Northeastern tied it at 2. Petrutz and Eddie Hacopian each finished with two RBIs.
Starter Jason Savacool (9-5) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out seven in six innings.