Game Preview: James Madison University Dukes

By Michaela Johnson

The Terrapins will play their second midweek game against the James Madison University Dukes on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in College Park. This will be the first time this season the two teams meet. The teams faced each other twice last year, the Terps losing 8-6 in Harrisonburg, but winning 3-0 at home.

The Terps (14-15) gave up two of three games over the weekend to the High Point University Panthers. They had a strong showing against the Liberty Flames in Lynchburg on Tuesday, holding the game even at four until a walk-off double in tJames Madison Homehe bottom of the ninth.

Outfielder Marty Costes was instrumental in the Terps’ weekend series against High Point, going 5-for-9 with three homers and six RBIs. He kept up that momentum against the Flames, going 1-for-3 with one RBI, and will be looking to stay hot against JMU. Costes was last week’s Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

The Terrapins went through five pitchers in their game against the Flames. After a strong six innings from the left-handed Tayler Stiles, Terps relievers struggled to get the save. Robert Galligan took the loss, making him 0-3 on the season. 

The bullpen has been one of main struggles for the Terps this season, as only two of the 10 relief pitchers on the team hold an ERA under five.

James Madison is 13-15 overall on the season, 4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Conference, and 5-9 in away games. Chad Carroll leads the Dukes’ offense, batting .413 with 43 hits and 23 runs in 104 at bats this season.

The Dukes split their four game weekend series at home against Bucknell, including a 7-6 win after 12 innings in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday to snap a five game losing streak.

STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP

WED AT 4:00 PM

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Fr. RHP Hunter Parsons (0-0, 6.14 ERA) vs. TBD

Parsons has appeared in six games this season, the most recent of those appearances being his first start for the Terrapins. He has given up ten hits and five runs in 7.1 innings pitched this season. Parsons tossed 4.2 innings, striking out four and retiring nine batters in a row in his start on March 30th against VCU.

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