Maryland comes out on top in an offensive shootout against Northwestern

The last time Quinn Lavelle pitched against the Maryland Terrapins, he coasted his way to a complete game shutout for a 4-0 victory. However, this game came last year. On Friday, it was a completely different story for Lavelle.

With a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning, the Terps recorded six consecutive hits, which accounted for five runs. With runners on second and third, senior AJ Lee ripped a double into left field plating Cowles and Alleyne. Sophomore Randy Bednar followed up Lee with an RBI double of his own, extending the lead to 7-1. Senior Taylor Wright brought Bednar in with yet another double and the inning was finally capped off after an RBI single off the bat of freshman Maxwell Costes to give Maryland a 9-1 lead.

AJ Lee had himself a great series opener. The senior tied his season-high four RBIs, while going 3-for-5 and also scored one run. Maxwell Costes also had an effective day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The freshman also showed off his discipline as he drew a team-high two walks.

The Terps got to Lavelle early and they didn’t slow down. In the first inning, Maryland scored three runs including an RBI triple for freshman Josh Maguire. Lavelle was later taken out after four innings, surrendering nine runs on 12 hits.

It was an unusual Friday night game for the series opener as both teams combined for 21 runs. In the offensive shootout, it was a hit parade for Maryland as every Terp had at least one hit and they totaled a season-high 18 hits in the victory.  

Senior Hunter Parsons picked up two early strikeouts in the first inning and looked like it was going to be another solid start from the righty. When it seemed like the Terps were running away with it, possessing a 9-1 lead, the Wildcats stormed back.

In the fourth inning, Parsons walked a couple of batters and allowed five hits, which added up to six runs for Northwestern, to cut the lead to 9-7.

After this inning, Parsons showed the traits of a senior ace. The righty settled down and went on to deliver three more scoreless frames. It wasn’t a typical friday performance for the senior but he did pull out the win with 7 innings pitched, while allowing 7 runs on 8 hits.

The Terps scored one run in both the fifth and sixth inning, extending the Maryland lead to 11-7. After Parsons preserved this lead, sophomore Sean Fisher came in to relieve the senior in the eighth. Fisher allowed one run on an RBI bunt single but Maryland still had an 11-8 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Bednar belted a two-out, two-run homer tacking on some insurance runs for the Terps. This homer was Bednar’s sixth of the year, which now leads the team. In the bottom of the ninth, senior John Murphy came in to shut it down. The righty allowed two hits but didn’t allow a run. The game ended as the runner on first thought it was ball four and was thrown out trying to advance to second. A strange end to a wild Friday night series opener.