By Michaela Johnson
RHP Hunter Parsons was lights out against the James Madison University Dukes (13-16) in his second career start Wednesday afternoon, leading the Terps to a 5-2 win.
The freshman allowed only one run on two hits through seven innings pitched—his longest career outing. Parsons entered the game with an ERA of 6.14, but that number was cut almost in half (3.77) by the end of his outing. The one run Parsons did give up was a solo home run to catcher Zach Tondi in the second inning.
After JMU scored in the second, the Terps (15-15) answered with a two-run shot of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Kevin Biondic singled to right field with two outs to bring up Kevin Smith, who sent the ball over the fence in left center and gave the Terps the lead.
The score remained 2-1 until the sixth, when the Terps plated another run on singles from Dunn and Cieri. In the bottom of the seventh, Andrew Bechtold singled with two outs, Justin Morris walked, followed by Madison Nickens, who blasted a two run double to right center field.
Zach Guth entered in the next frame for Parsons, but was quickly pulled after walking the first two batters he faced. Robert Galligan took the hill next, and allowed the Dukes one run, but was able to get out of the jam without any further damage. Mike Rescigno, who allowed Liberty’s walk-off hit Tuesday, came in to close the game and earned his second save of the season with a clean frame.
None of the Terps were able to notch more than one hit against the Dukes’ pitching staff. However, every player in the lineup had a hit except catcher Justin Morris, who walked once in the seventh. Right fielder Marty Costes extended his hitting streak to eight games after batting third for the first time. Bionic leads the team in batting, with a .343 average, followed by Dunn who is hitting .328.
The Terps stay at home this weekend, when the Ohio State Buckeyes come to town for the second Big Ten series of the season. First pitch Friday night is at 5:30, with coverage on MBN starting at 5:15.