Maryland was able to hold off Illinois for a one-run win. (Shotgun Spratling)


Maryland holds off red-hot Illinois to even series


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Devin Russell turned on an inside fastball and destroyed it. The only question was if it would stay fair. Russell watched the baseball explode off his bat and followed its trajectory from just outside the batter’s box on his way to first, hoping the baseball would fly true just long enough to sneak inside the foul pole.

The ball traveled 400 feet but had curved outside the left field foul pole before sailing over the fence at Bob ‘Turtle’ Smith Stadium. It’s the kind of thing that seems to happen when you’re struggling and can’t[…]


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