Game Preview: James Madison Dukes

The Terrapins (21-18, 7-5) travel to Harrisonburg, Virginia, Tuesday to take on the James Madison Dukes for the second time this year. In their first meeting, on April 6 in College Park, the Terps were victorious, 5-2. Hunter Parsons pitched seven James Madison Awayinnings of one-run ball in the victory en route to being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Maryland took two out of three from lowly Purdue over the weekend, falling 7-1 in the series opener Friday but winning the final two games of the series. The key for the Terps against Purdue was their bats, as they managed just one run in the loss but scored a combined 17 in the two victories. Marty Costes andAnthony Papio each homered in the series, while Madison Nickens (6-for-12, 2 RBI) and Nick Dunn (4-for-10, 5 RBI) also contributed to the offensive outburst.

The big story, however, was RHP Taylor Bloom (5-2, 2.10 ERA), who did not start over the weekend after rolling his ankle during practice Thursday. Originally scheduled to pitch Friday, he was moved back to Sunday before being scratched completely. While his Friday replacement, B
rian Shaffer, struggled, Mike Shawaryn and Hunter Parsons, who started Saturday and Sunday, respectively, looked sharp. Shawaryn (3-3) returned to last year’s form as he struck out ten over eight shutout innings while allowing just three hits. Parsons (2-0), in just his third career start, allowed two runs on seven hits over six solid innings.

James Madison (17-23) took two out of three at the College of Charleston over the weekend to improve to 7-8 in conference. The bats have led the way all year for the Dukes, as they are hitting .280 as a team while slugging .428. Brett Johnson (.321, 6 HR, 26 RBI), Zach Tondi (.322, 5 HR, 21 RBI) and Chad Carroll (.385, 15 RBI, 14 SB) have led the offensive attack. Their pitching staff has struggled, however, pitching to the tune of a 6.41 with an opponent batting average .310.

STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP

TUE at 6:00 PM

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Jr. LHP Tayler Stiles (2-3, 5.50 ERA) vs. LHP Tucker McCoy (0-1, 6.16 ERA)

Tayler Stiles has appeared in 13 games this season, including four starts, giving up 31 runs (21 earned) in 34.1 innings. He last appeared Friday against Purdue, pitching in relief of Brian Shaffer. He pitched 2.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out one. Tucker McCoy sports a lofty 6.16 ERA in 11 appearances this season, including one start. His last appearance was Saturday against College of Charleston, in which he pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

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