In back-and-forth affair, Maryland storms back from late deficit to down James Madison, 8-7

After having tied the game in the eighth, Maryland came to bat in the top of the ninth looking for its first lead of the game.

Chris “Bubba” Alleyne crushed a 3-1 pitch over the wall in right field for the solo home run, his 10th of the season, putting Maryland ahead 8-7.

David Falco shut down James Madison in order, securing the victory for the Terps, 8-7.

James Madison got the scoring started in the bottom of the second. The Dukes scored three runs of Maryland starter Logan Ott — all with two outs.

With a runner on second, Mason Dunaway drilled a single into right field. Dunaway scored ahead of the throw home from Troy Schreffler Jr, and Dunaway advanced to second on the throw. Jason Schiavone followed with a two-run blast over the wall in left field, putting the Dukes ahead 3-0.

Maryland responded with a pair in the top of the third.

Ian Petrutz led off with a single to center, and came around to score all the way from first on a Jacob Orr double. Shliger followed with a single, setting up runners on the corners for Alleyne. Alleyne hit a sac-fly to center, scoring Orr to trim Maryland’s deficit down to one.

James Madison got those runs right back in the bottom of the inning.

Dabney started off with a single and advanced to second on a balk. Dabney scored as Travis Reifsnider roped a double into left center, who scored on a RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Fenwick Trimble, extending James Madison’s lead to 5-2.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the fourth, Orr scored two on a single to right center. Shliger then drove home Petrutz on a shot into the right center gap, tying the game at five.

The Dukes retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Dunaway singled to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a fielding error by Bobby Zmarzlak. Dunaway stole third and advanced to home on a throwing error by Shliger behind the dish, putting James Madison ahead, 6-5.

Both offenses slowed down as neither side scored over the next couple innings.

James Madison scored for the first time in three innings in the seventh.

Dabney was hit by a pitch with one out, and proceeded to steal second. Dabney advanced to third on a wild pitch, and managed to score as Shliger had trouble finding the ball behind the dish. Through seven, James Madison led, 7-5.

In the top of the eighth, Orr lined a two-run single into center, his fourth and fifth RBI of the game. Orr’s single tied the game for the second time, 7-7.

Alleyne gave Maryland the lead in the ninth on a solo home run.

Maryland scored three in the final two innings to go up, 8-7.

The Terps only led once, but they did when it mattered, and Falco fired a scoreless ninth to clinch the win.